Regulations Chapter 9

Veterinary Regulations - Chapter 9

Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Subtitle 14 - BOARD OF VETERINARY MEDICAL EXAMINERS

Chapter 09 Qualifications for Licensure, by Examination, as a Veterinarian
Authority: Agriculture Article, §§2-304 and 2-307, Annotated Code of Maryland

.01 Scope.

This chapter pertains to any individual applying to the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for licensure, by examination, to practice veterinary medicine in this State.

.02 Definitions.

A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.

B. Terms Defined.

(1) "AVMA" means the American Veterinary Medical Association.

(2) "BCSE" means the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination, developed by the American Veterinary Medical Association's Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates.

(3) "Board Examination" means the reading and comprehension of the laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine in Maryland.

(4) "CCT" means the Clinical Competency Test prepared by the Professional Testing Service.

(5) "CPE" means the Clinical Proficiency Examination given by the AVMA.

(6) "ECFVG" means the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates.

(7) "Evaluated clinical experience" means a minimum of a 12-month period during which a PAVE candidate is evaluated by clinical faculty at an AVMA-accredited veterinary college.

(8) Foreign veterinary graduate (FVG" means an individual who has received a professional veterinary medical degree from an AVMA-listed veterinary college which is not approved or accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

(9) "Maryland State Examination" means:

(a) The Board Examination and the NAVLE; and

(b) The BCSE and CPE, if the applicant is an FVG; and

(c) Evaluated clinical experience, if the applicant is a PAVE graduate.

(10) "NAVLE" means the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, produced by the National Board Examination Committee, assessing the applicant's practice competence for licensure as a veterinarian.

(11) "NBE" means the National Board Examination prepared by the Professional Examination Service.

(12) "NBVME" means the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

(13) "PAVE" means the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence.

(14) "PAVE" graduate" means an individual who has been issued a certificate by the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence after successfully completing a minimum of 12 months of evaluated clinical experience at a veterinary college accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

(15) "State Board" means the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

.03 Maryland State Examination.

A. Subject Matter.

(1) The Maryland State Examination shall consist of the:

(a) Board Examination;

(b) NAVLE; and

(c) BCSE and CPE, if the applicant is an FVG.

(d) Evaluated clinical experience, if the applicant is a PAVE graduate.

(2) In lieu of a passing score on the NAVLE, the Board, as provided under §E(2) of this regulation, may accept an applicant's passing scores on the NBE and CCT.

B. Time and Place for Taking the NAVLE. The NBVME shall specify the times and locations for taking the NAVLE.

C. Passing Score for the NAVLE. The NBVME shall establish the passing score for the NAVLE. If the applicant passes the NAVLE, the applicant shall inform the NBVME to notify the State Board in writing of this accomplishment.

D. The Board Examination. To pass the Board Examination, an applicant shall read and comprehend the laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine in this State, and shall sign a statement before a notary public attesting to this fact.

E. State Board's Acceptance of Passing Scores on Previously Taken Tests.

(1) The NAVLE. If an applicant has previously taken and passed the NAVLE, the State Board shall accept the applicant's passing score on it, if the passing score is not more than 5 years old. After this 5-year period, the applicant shall retake and pass the NAVLE to be eligible for licensure in this State, if the applicant does not meet the requirements set forth in COMAR 15.14.08 for veterinarians who are licensed in another state or foreign jurisdiction.

(2) NBE and CCT. If an applicant has previously taken and passed the NBE and CCT, the Board shall accept the applicant's passing scores on these tests, if these scores are not more than 5 years old. After this 5-year period, the applicant shall take and pass the NAVLE to be eligible for licensure in this State, if the applicant does not meet the requirements set forth in COMAR 15.14.08 for veterinarians who are licensed in another state or foreign jurisdiction.

.04 Application Process for Taking the Maryland State Examination.

A. Eligibility. To be eligible to take the Maryland State Examination, an examination applicant shall:

(1) Be graduated from an AVMA-accredited or approved school of veterinary medicine;

(2) Be within approximately 8 months of graduating from an AVMA-accredited or approved school of veterinary medicine on the date the examination is taken; or

(3) If an FVG, be enrolled in, or have received a certificate from, the ECFVG program; or

(4) If a PAVE candidate, be enrolled in, or have received a certificate from, the PAVE.

B. Board Examination. To take the Board Examination, an applicant shall submit the following to the State Board within 1 year from the date the Board has received the application:

(1) A complete and notarized examination application on a form provided by the Board;

(2) The application fee, as provided in COMAR 15.14.12.02, in the form of a check or money order, payable to the Maryland Department of Agriculture;

(3) One 2-inch by 3-inch photograph of the applicant, taken within 6 months of the application date, with the applicant's complete signature on the photograph; and

(4) The following information pertaining to the applicant's schooling:

(a) For the graduate of an AVMA-accredited or approved school of veterinary medicine, a school authenticated copy of the applicant's transcript or diploma, and, if applicable, an English translation;

(b) For the student within approximately 8 months of graduating from an AVMA-accredited or approved school of veterinary medicine, a letter from the school indicating the student's expected date of graduation;

(c) For the FVG:

(i) A school authenticated copy of the applicant's veterinary medical school transcript or diploma, and, if applicable, an English translation, and

(ii) An ECFVG certificate or, if currently enrolled in the ECFVG program, a letter from the school offering this program indicating the applicant's participation in it; and

(d) For the PAVE candidate:

(i) A school authenticated copy of the applicant's veterinary medical school transcript or diploma and, if applicable, and English translation; and

(ii) A PAVE certificate or, if currently enrolled in the PAVE, a letter from the school offering this program indicating the applicant's participation in it. 

C. NAVLE.

(1) To sit for a scheduled NAVLE, an examination applicant shall submit to the NBVME, by a date specified by the NBVME, the following:

(a) The information specified under §B(4) of this regulation pertaining to the applicant's schooling, so that the NBVME may determine whether the applicant is eligible to take this examination;

(b) Completed NBVME application to take the NAVLE; and

(c) The requisite fees associated with taking the NAVLE.

(2) If the NBVME determines that the applicant is eligible to take the NAVLE, it shall notify the applicant.

.05 License Issuance.

Except as otherwise provided under COMAR 15.14.08, the Board may not issue a license to practice veterinary medicine in this State to an applicant unless the applicant:

A. Passes the Maryland State Examination, including submission of the notarized statement attesting to the fact that the applicant has read, and comprehends, the laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine in this State;

B. Submits the following information pertaining to the applicant's schooling:

(1) For the graduate of an AVMA-accredited or approved school of veterinary medicine, a school authenticated copy of the applicant's transcript or diploma, and, if applicable, an English translation; or

(2) For the FVG:

(a) A school authenticated copy of the applicant's veterinary medical school transcript or diploma, and, if applicable, an English translation, and

(b) Either;

(i) A copy of the applicant's ECFVG certificate; or

(ii) A copy of the applicant's PAVE certificate; and

C. Meets all other requirements specified by law.

.06 ECFVG.

A. Until June 30, 2012, an applicant shall obtain the clinical portion of the ECFVG program in one of the following ways:

(1) Obtaining a passing score on a CPE approved by the ECFVG; or

(2) Completing 1 year of evaluated clinical experience at an AVMA-accredited or approved school of veterinary medicine if that evaluated clinical experience was completed by June 30, 2007.

B. After June 30, 2012, an applicant shall obtain the clinical portion of the ECFVG program by obtaining a passing score on a CPE approved by the ECFVG.

.07 Notice of Pass or Fail of Maryland State Examination.

The Board shall notify each candidate if the candidate passes or fails the Maryland State Examination.

.08 Taking Examination After Failure.

After failing the NAVLE, a candidate may take another examination by:

A. Making application directly to the NBVME; and

B. Meeting all other conditions as specified by the NBVME or its authorized representative.

 

Administrative History

Effective date:

Regulations .01—.11 adopted as an emergency provision effective January 15, 1980 (7:2 Md. R. 112); adopted permanently effective March 21, 1980 (7:6 Md. R. 609)

Regulation .02 amended effective July 5, 1982 (9:13 Md. R. 1354); October 7, 1985 (12:20 Md. R. 1930); February 3, 1992 (19:2 Md. R. 156)

Regulation .02E amended effective November 7, 1983 (10:22 Md. R. 1968)

Regulation .03 amended effective July 5, 1982 (9:13 Md. R. 1354)

Regulation .03A amended effective January 23, 1981 (8:2 Md. R. 116); January 18, 1982 (9:1 Md. R. 23); November 7, 1983 (10:22 Md. R. 1968); October 7, 1985 (12:20 Md. R. 1930); February 3, 1992 (19:2 Md. R. 156); August 30, 1993 (20:17 Md. R. 1352)

Regulation .03C adopted effective February 3, 1992 (19:2 Md. R. 156)

Regulation .04 amended effective January 18, 1982 (9:1 Md. R. 23)

Regulation .05 amended effective January 18, 1982 (9:1 Md. R. 23); July 5, 1982 (9:13 Md. R. 1354); November 7, 1983 (10:22 Md. R. 1968); October 7, 1985 (12:20 Md. R. 1930)

Regulation .06 amended effective July 5, 1982 (9:13 Md. R. 1354); November 22, 1982 (9:23 Md. R. 2261); November 7, 1983 (10:22 Md. R. 1968); October 7, 1985 (12:20 Md. R. 1930)

Regulation .06C adopted effective June 1, 1987 (14:11 Md. R. 1261)

Regulation .07 repealed effective July 5, 1982 (9:13 Md. R. 1354)

Regulation .07 adopted effective November 7, 1983 (10:22 Md. R. 1968)

Regulation .07 amended effective October 7, 1985 (12:20 Md. R. 1930)

Regulation .09B amended effective July 5, 1983 (10:13 Md. R. 1181)  

Regulation .09C adopted effective June 4, 1984 (11:11 Md. R. 963)

Regulation .11 amended effective November 19, 1984 (11:23 Md. R. 1994)

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Chapter revised as an emergency provision effective July 17, 2000 (27:16 Md. R. 1519); revised permanently effective October 2, 2000 (27:19 Md. R.1729)