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PLEASE NOTE: The State Exam is required for 'ALL' veterinarians seeking licensure in North Carolina.

NC Veterinary State Exam


  1. One must have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited school/college of veterinary medicine and have a passing score on the NAVLE or NBE to be eligible to sit for a Veterinary State Examination.
  2. A 'degree conferred' transcript.
  3. National exam score(s) - available via the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)
    New graduates who applied for the NAVLE thru NC will have a copy sent to the Board office automatically.
  4. License verification(s) from any state in which you held any professional license/registration. All verifications must be no older than six (6) months from exam date.
  5. If a graduate from a non-accredited foreign school/college, an individual must first complete one of the following programs to be eligible to sit for the NC State Exam:
    1.) The American Veterinary Medical Association's Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates program (ECFVG)
    2.) The American Association of Veterinary State Board's Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence program (PAVE)

NOTE: AAVSB has a Credentialing Service (VIVA) and for a fee, will request documentation on your behalf.

  • New graduates or those practicing less than five (5) years must:
    1. Have graduated before the date of the NC state exam being requested. This means that all course work has been completed and the veterinary degree awarded.
    2. Achieve a score of 425 or higher on the NAVLE.
  • Individuals practicing over five (5) years must:
    1. Hold an active license in another state whose requirements for licensure are substantially equivalent to those of NC. The licensure requirements in the other state are substantially equivalent to those required by this state.

      Original Date of Licensure           Exam Required
      1969 - Nov. 19, 2000 NBE
      Nov. 20, 2000 - Ongoing              NAVLE
    2. Have practiced at least three (3) of the five (5) years immediately preceding filing the application OR either retake the national exam.
    3. Be in good standing: no disciplinary proceeding or unresolved complaint pending against you at the time a license is to be issued by this State.

      For further details, see the 'Veterinary State Exam Application Process' below.

NC State Exam

The NC state exam consists of 50 questions and is based on the PRACTICE ACT (General statutes and Administrative Rules) governing the practice of veterinary medicine in North Carolina in addition to information found on the Board's web site FAQ page under PROFESSIONALS. There are 30 True/False and 20 Multiple Choice questions; passing score is 75. The NCVMB fee is $250 and is non-refundable or applicable toward a future exam.

NOTE: The exam application window for 2018 has closed. We DO NOT offer exams in November or December but starting January of 2019, testing will be administered on-line and no longer given at the Board office.

2019 Veterinary State Exam Application Process

NCVMB Application FEE: $250
1. To apply for the State Exam, one must first create an account via the Licensure Gateway. Once registered, you will log back in and select the Veterinary State Exam application to submit.
2. When your exam file with the Board is complete and all required documents have been received and all obligations have been met, a Board team member will contact AAVSB to inform them of your eligibility.
3. Study the PRACTICE ACT (General statutes & Administrative Rules) in addition to the information found on the Board's web site FAQ page under PROFESSIONALS. There is no need to commit to memory the Fees established by the Board (Administrative Code .0108).

TesTrac Application FEE: $55
4. Eligible candidates will first be contacted via e-mail by AAVSB. A link will be provided that will allow you to sign in and purchase our state assessment. The exam fee is payable via credit card to TesTrac. Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
a. After your payment has been processed, you will be notified a second time by TesTrac via e-mail (ttonline@testrac.com) and will include your Logon ID and Password information to access the TesTrac link on the AAVSB webpage. Be sure to save this address as a contact so you won’t miss timely e-mails. The candidate then has 60 days to access/take the exam.
b. Exams are taken on-line (open book) and can be taken only once per purchase.
c. All exams are non-refundable and non-transferable.
d. At the end of your exam, you will be able to print an onscreen pass/fail result for your personal records.
e. The AAVSB will provide your official score report to the NCVMB within 1 week. The NCVMB will notify you of your Registration number via e-mail within 1 - 3 business days.

Sample Exam Questions There is no need to commit to memory the Fees established by the Board (Administrative Code .0108).


1. Dept. of Revenue requires veterinarians providing services in North Carolina to pay a Privilege License Tax. NCDOR Link
2. You are exempt from CE requirements for your FIRST renewal cycle if you graduate the same year you become licensed in North Carolina.
3. The NC Veterinary Health Program (NCVHP Link) is available for you or someone you work with who needs help with chemical dependency or substance abuse. The call can remain anonymous.

NOTE re: Temporary Permits for those taking the State Exam

FEE: $150
A Temporary Permit can be issued to a qualified applicant who has applied to sit for the NC State Exam. This permit allows an individual to obtain a certificate to practice veterinary medicine under the supervision of a NC licensed veterinarian while awaiting their scheduled test date. Please keep in mind that the Temporary Permit cannot be processed until all required documents have been received for the State Exam.

Temporary Permit Application
To apply for a Temporary Permit, you must first apply for the State Exam (See instructions above). If you've already done so, log in to the Licensure Gateway and select the Temporary Permit application for those taking the exam and submit.

Another type of Temporary Permit allows a qualified applicant to practice veterinary medicine in this state under the supervision of a NC licensed veterinarian for a specific period of time. G.S. 90-187.4   For those seeking a 60-Day Temporary Permit, you must first create an account via the Licensure Gateway. Once registered, you will log back in and select the 60-Day Temporary Permit application to submit.

If ADA accommodations are needed to take the exam:

The AAVSB application and instructions are available on the AAVSB website’s Jurisprudence Assistance section https://aavsb.org/licensure-assistance/jurisprudence-assistance/apply-for-your-jurisdictions-assessment/.  Once AAVSB reviews your ADA application, they will respond via e-mail within 2 - 4 business days.

For any specific question(s), please email the AAVSB at spa@aavsb.org.


The national exam (NAVLE: since 11/20/2000 or the NBE: 1969 - 11/19/2000) is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdiction in North America. The NAVLE is a 360 item, computer based, multiple choice exam offered at computer testing centers and at certain overseas sites operated by Prometric.

Candidate Eligibility Policy
A candidate may not sit for the NAVLE more than five (5) times and may not sit for the NAVLE at a date that is later than five (5) years from the candidate’s initial attempt.  Each of the final two (2) attempts must be at least one (1) year from the previous attempt.  Any previous attempts by a candidate to the NAVLE prior to the fall 2007 administration will not count toward the five (5) attempt limit.

NAVLE Self-Assessments available


  • Four weeks in November/December
  • Two weeks in April

Questions should be directed to the International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA), formerly NBVME - National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

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