Accreditation & Licensure
Factors to Consider in Deciding Where to Apply to School
There are several factors that an applicant must consider in identifying where to apply to veterinary school. In addition to licensure issues, there may be economic, educational, or other differences that students should consider in deciding where to apply. Here are two resources to help applicants:
Accreditation is a process by which an educational institution or program submits to a voluntary, non-governmental review to determine whether it meets accepted standards of quality. Within veterinary medicine, the AVMA COE develops standards and conducts reviews of DVM or equivalent educational programs, while the AVMA develops standards and reviews programs in veterinary technology. An institution or program is considered fully accredited when it is found to meet these standards (see the
COE accreditation process
for more information).
What is the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)?
The NAVLE is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America. To be eligible to take the NAVLE, applicants must have graduated from either an AVMA/COE accredited college of veterinary medicine or a non-AVMA/COE accredited college. (
Applicants who graduated from a non-AVMA/COE accredited college must also have a certification of eligibility from either: