State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
Application for Licensure by Practical Examination
Requests for an application for licensure are accepted by phone (973)
504-6500, fax (973) 648-3355 and letter by writing to the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, PO Box 45020 Newark, NJ 07101.
- Request an application for a review of credentials from the Board office;
- Complete the application for a review of credentials and have it notarized;
- Submit the following:
- A completed application for a review of credentials;
- The filing fee for a review of credentials (a certified check or money
order for $75 made payable to the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners);
- Two passport-size photographs (head and shoulder shot) taken within the
last six months;
- A passing grade (with a minimum score of 70) on the National Board Examination (NBE) within 10 years preceding an
application being sent through the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA);
- A passing grade (with a minimum score of 70) on the Clinical Competency Test
(CCT) within 10 years preceding an application being sent through the Veterinary
Information Verifying Agency (VIVA); or passing grade (with a minimum score
of 70) on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE);and
- An official transcript of veterinary school credits forwarded, directly to the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners by
the college/university, containing:
- The signatures of college officials on the transcript;
- The official stamp of the college/university; and
- A verified English translation if the transcript is in a language other than English.
Make sure the school is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA). If the school is not accredited, the applicant must
complete Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)
training before being eligible to sit for the practical examination.
The applicant also must submit:
- Proof of a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from a
college/university accredited by the AVMA, or
If all but the last portion of the last semester of a veterinary college
or university accredited by the AVMA is completed, the applicant must submit directly to
the Board notification that he/she is to be
awarded a degree in veterinary medicine at the next graduation, or
If the applicant is a graduate of an ECFVG program, he /she must submit notification that
the applicant has satisfactorily completed the program, and this notification should be forwarded
directly to the Board by the ECFVG office.
- Verification from every state in which an applicant is or has been
licensed, verifying that the applicant holds or held a valid,
unsuspended and unrevoked license to practice which verification must be received directly from
each state board.
- When the file is complete, the applicant will receive an application to
sit for the next scheduled examination. The application must be completed and
a $250 exam fee (certified check or money order - made payable to the State
Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners) must be received at least 60 days prior
to the exam.
- When the applicant passes the practical exam he/she will receive an
application for initial licensure. This application must be completed and
returned to the Board with the appropriate fee for initial licensure.
A candidate who has failed the practical exam must wait five years from
the date of the failed exam before applying for a license by waiver of
examination (jurisprudence exam).
Credentials records with no activity for a period of two years from the
last date that the applicant participated in an exam will not be
accepted for filing. Applicants are required to submit new records and
to pay the required filing fee.
If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the Board at (973) 504-6500.