Applicants not currently licensed (including senior students)
Examination requirements for becoming licensed in the state of Minnesota include passing the NAVLE and the Minnesota Jurisprudence Examination.
Applications for the NAVLE are available from the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME). If your NAVLE approval is from a state other than Minnesota, you will need to have your score officially transferred to Minnesota by the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA).
The license application may be completed online or by printing a paper application form. The following documents are required prior to taking the Minnesota Jurisprudence Examination:
The Minnesota Jurisprudence Examination is a 50-question open book examination on the laws and rules governing the practice of veterinary medicine in Minnesota. An applicant is eligible to take the Jurisprudence examination when all other requirements for licensure have been submitted, including a passing score on the NAVLE examination. There is a two-hour time limit for taking the exam. The jurisprudence exam will be given to Minnesota senior students at the College of Veterinary Medicine in March and April. For licensure applicants residing in other states, individual arrangements will be made for taking the exam at the Board Office or by mail. Passing score for the jurisprudence exam is 90%.
Even though you’ve passed the NAVLE and Jurisprudence Exam and received your diploma, you CANNOT practice veterinary medicine until the Board issues you a license. Three regularly scheduled Board meetings are held each year, at which time all applications and scores are reviewed and qualified candidates are licensed. Licenses are normally mailed to successful applicants within two business days of the Board meeting or graduation date, whichever is later. See the Board meeting schedule here. A temporary permit can be requested if you complete the requirements and wish to practice before the upcoming Board meeting. There is an additional $50 fee for a temporary permit.
If you require special test accommodations because of a disability, please contact the Board Office 30 days prior to the application deadline.
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