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Applying for First Veterinary License


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:

  1. Completed application:   Paper form or Online Application

  2. Letters of reference from at least 2 veterinarians and 3 other adults who are not related to you setting forth how long a time, when and under what circumstances they have known you and any other facts as may be proper to determine your qualifications for licensure. Please have veterinarians include in their letter an active license number and state where currently practicing. Letters may be sent separately from the application form via mail (2829 University Ave SE #401, Minneapolis, MN 55414), fax (651-201-2842) or email (

  3. Copy of discharge papers if you have served in the military.

  4. a. A copy of your diploma conferring the DVM degree from an AVMA accredited College of Veterinary Medicine; or a letter from the Dean attesting that you are a student in good standing, your enrollment date, and anticipated graduation date if you are applying before your anticipated graduation date. NOTE FOR UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA STUDENTS: The Dean will provide a list to the Board prior to the Board meeting but it is your responsibility to provide the Board with a copy of your diploma or transcripts after you have successfully completed graduation requirements.

    b. If enrolled in a non-accredited school, verification of ECFVG or PAVE enrollment and anticipated completion date.

  5. Fees (Pay by credit card if applying online.)  Pay by check or money order to Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine if using paper application. All payments must be in U.S. funds and are non-refundable.

    - $50 Application Fee (NOTE: This is required and is separate from the NAVLE application fee which is paid to NBVME)
    - $50 Jurisprudence Examination Fee
    - $200 Initial 2-year License Fee

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.

After your application is received and approved, we will contact you and make arrangements for you to take the Jurisprudence Exam. In some cases, this exam will be emailed to you, or if you are in the vicinity of the Twin Cities, the exam can be taken at the Board office. 90% is the passing score and there is a two-hour time limit for taking the exam. Once you have completed the Jurisprudence Exam and all your documentation is in order, your file will be presented to the Board for formal license approval. Board meetings are generally held in February, May and September. See the Board meeting schedule here.


Veterinary Practice Act - MN Stat. Ch. 156

Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules - MN Rules Ch. 9100

Board of Animal Health Rules (Excerpts)