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Veterinarian Licensure



Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


Requirements

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • Your Score Report and Credential Evaluation if you have already passed the exam. The scores can be sent directly to the Board office, see AAVSB.
    • Proof of completing 36 hours of continuing education within the previous three years if you passed the NBE/CCT or NAVLE over two years ago.
    • If you have not yet passed the NAVLE, see DPR’s webpage Examination-NAVLE for instructions or see ICVA for more details on how to register.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or ever have held a license.
  • All Non-AVMA-accredited foreign educated graduates must submit a credential evaluation before you are permitted to take the NAVLE. The evaluation must be from one of the following:
    • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
    • Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)
  • US Graduates – An official transcript showing the degree and date you received your Veterinary degree from a AVMA-accredited college in the U.S. The transcript must be sent directly from your college to the Board.
  • If you are a student in your final year of an AVMA-accredited veterinary program, you may apply to take the NAVLE before graduation. You must submit a letter from your school verifying that you are a veterinary student in good standing and the date on which you are expected to receive your degree. The Board office must receive a final transcript from your school, showing your degree and graduation date, in order to approve you for a license.

For a list of AVMA-accredited colleges, see AVMA Veterinary Education.


Temporary Permits and Licenses

A temporary permit applies to nonresident veterinarians who are validly licensed in another jurisdiction and requesting to work temporarily in Delaware. The requirements are listed in the Requirements section above.

A temporary license applies when the temporary permit does not.  In addition to meeting all of the requirements listed in the Requirements section above:

  • Submit a letter from a Delaware-licensed veterinarian certifying that you will remain in the veterinarian’s continuous employ and under his or her supervision and that he or she will monitor your professional activities and be fully responsible for you while you are working under temporary licensure.

Under no circumstances should you begin practicing in Delaware before the temporary license or permit is issued.


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