General Information

The National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME) provides standardized examinations for use by licensing boards as part of their veterinarian licensure process. Passing the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America.  (The NAVLE replaced both the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) beginning in November 2000.) 

The NAVLE is a 360-item computer-based multiple-choice examination.  It is administered during two testing windows per year – one in spring and one in fall. 

Applying for Board Approval to Take the NAVLE

Since the Delaware Board of Veterinary Medicine must approve you to take the NAVLE, you must submit two applications – a licensure application to the Delaware Board and a NAVLE application to NBVME.

The following table shows the deadlines for submitting the applications for each testing window.  It is important to adhere to these timeframes to allow time for the Board to review your credentials.

IF you want to take the exam in this testing window:

THEN submit your  licensure application to Delaware Board office no later than:

AND submit your NAVLE application to NBVME no later than :

November – December

June 1

August 1


October 1

January 3

For instructions on filing your licensure application for the Board’s approval to take the NAVLE, see Veterinarian Licensure.

For instructions on filing the NBVME North American Veterinary Licensing Examination Application, go to