BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE:
APPLICANTS MUST SIGN AND NOTARIZED STATEMENT ON THE
BACK OF THE APPLICATION FORMALLY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT
THEY HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND, AND WILL ABIDE BY THE
STATUTES AND REGULATIONS.
Instructions to the Veterinarian Licensure Applicant
The Laws Governing Veterinary Medicine and the Regulations Governing Veterinary Medicine
can be accessed at http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/vet/vet_laws_regs.htm
APPLICATIONS WHICH ARE NOT ACCOMPANIED BY THE FEE OR WHICH
CONTAIN INCOMPLETE INFORMATION WILL BE RETURNED TO THE
To be considered for licensure, applicants must be graduates of American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA)accredited schools of veterinary medicine or, if a graduate of a foreign
veterinary school, the applicant must complete the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary
Graduates (E.C.F.V.G.) through the AVMA or the Program for Assessment of Veterinary
Education Equivalence (PAVE) through the AAVSB(for information on the E.C.F.V.G. call 1-
800/248-AVMA or for PAVE call the AAVSB at 1-877-698-8482) prior to applying for licensure.
All applicants for licensure as a veterinarian must provide the following to the Board office at the
address on the next page:
A completed, properly executed application.
Payment of the licensure fee which must accompany the application.
The fee for an active license is $135. The inactive licensure fee is $65. An active license is
required if you intend to practice in any capacity in Virginia. An inactive license is for
veterinarians who will not be practicing in Virginia at this time, even on a limited basis.
Transcript certifying graduation with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from an
AVMA accredited college and the date the degree was conferred.
NOTE: The transcript may be received directly from the school or will be accepted in a
sealed envelope from the applicant provided the seal from the school has not been
broken. Copies of diplomas will not be accepted in lieu of official transcripts. IF
TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT IN ENGLISH, THEY MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY
A CERTIFIED ENGLISH TRANSLATION.
A report from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)
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Veterinary Information Verification Agency (VIVA) of a passing score on the
National Board Examination and Clinical Competency Test (for those who graduated
prior to 2000) or the NAVLE (for those who graduated 2000 and after).
The link to the Online Score Transfer Request Application is included for requesting to
have your score transferred to Virginia. (https://aavsb.org/VIVA/#Transfer). If you have
any questions regarding the transfer of your scores, please call the AAVSB at (877)698-
8482. (If you sat for the NAVLE or CCT and NBE through Virginia, please indicate this in
the space provided on the front of the application).
Certification of licensure from each state board from which the applicant currently
holds or has ever held a license to practice veterinary medicine. This should be
sent directly by the state board or again, may be sent in a sealed envelope from the state
board by the applicant. Please call the state board office from which your previous
license/s were issued and arrange with them to send the verification. They may charge a fee
for this service.
PLEASE FORWARD YOUR APPLICATION AND FEE TO:
VIRGINIA BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
9960 MAYLAND DRIVE, SUITE 300
HENRICO, VA 23233
PLEASE NOTE: THE BOARD WILL USE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR DMV
NUMBER AS THE PRIMARY MEANS OF IDENTIFICATION FOR BOARD RECORD
KEEPING PURPOSES. SUCH INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO THE
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF VETERINARY STATE BOARDS TO ENABLE STATE
AND PROVINCIAL VETERINARY BOARDS TO VERIFY LICENSURE AND
DISCIPLINARY DATA ACROSS JURISDICTIONS. THIS INFORMATION WILL NOT BE
DISSEMINATED FURTHER EXCEPT AS REQUIRED UNDER FEDERAL OR STATE
If you have any further questions, please call the veterinary board at 804/367-4497, or email
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