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National Licensing Exam

Louisiana State University veterinary students can take the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination during their senior year and have consistently performed well since the test was first offered in the fall of 2000. The AVMA Council on Education expects that 80% or more of each college's graduating senior students sitting for the NAVLE will have passed at the time of graduation. The pass percentage since 2001 for Louisiana State University students has always been well above this 80% benchmark.

 

The results by graduating class:

    • Class of 2001 - 99% pass rate
    • Class of 2002 - 97% pass rate
    • Class of 2003 - 97% pass rate
    • Class of 2004 - 100% pass rate
    • Class of 2005 - 96% pass rate
    • Class of 2006 - 99% pass rate
    • Class of 2007 - 99% pass rate
    • Class of 2008 - 99% pass rate
    • Class of 2009 - 96% pass rate
    • Class of 2010 - 97% pass rate
    • Class of 2011 - 96% pass rate
    • Class of 2012 - 98% pass rate
    • Class of 2013 - 96% pass rate
    • Class of 2014 - 91% pass rate
    • Class of 2015 - 100% pass rate
    • Class of 2016 - 95% pass rate

 

The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) was first offered in the fall of 2000 and is the only national licensing examination used in North America that all veterinarians graduating from AVMA accredited schools must pass before they can become licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the United States or Canada. The test is offered twice a year and serves as one requirement for licensure by all states in the United States and provinces in Canada. Each state or province has additional requirements that are administered by their respective licensing boards.

 

The primary objectives of the NAVLE are: 

    • To provide a comprehensive objective examination to state or provincial boards charged with the licensing of veterinarians.
    • To protect the public by ensuring that veterinarians demonstrate a specified level of knowledge and skills before entering veterinary practice..
    • To assess the professional competency of veterinarians in terms of their qualifications to enter private clinical practice.
    • To provide a common standard in the evaluation of candidates that will be comparable from jurisdiction to jurisdiction .
    • To contribute to the veterinary profession through the development of improved definitions of the relationship between knowledge and professional practice.
    • To facilitate interstate/interprovincial licensing reciprocity for practicing veterinarians.