Before You Apply

If you intend to apply for a license to practice veterinary medicine in Maryland, be sure you understand all requirements and the timeline for approval. Although we plan to have the application process online in the near future, it is currently a paper-driven process. Be sure you allow enough time for submitting all documents.  

The State Board will not review your application until ALL materials are received in our office. All items must be received within 12 months or you will have to re-apply and submit another application fee.

Type #1: If you have never been licensed before in Maryland and your NAVLE test score is less than five years old, you will have to submit: 
  • Application: A notarized Application for a Maryland Veterinary License.  
  • Transcripts: A school authenticated copy of your college transcripts, which must be mailed to us directly from your school in a sealed envelope. If your transcript is not in English, then an English translation must be provided. 
  • Photograph: One head shot taken within the past six months (approximately 2" X 3" in size) with your complete signature on the back.
  • Test Scores: If you applied through the Maryland Licensing Board to take the NAVLE within the last five years, your scores will be transferred to us automatically from the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME). You needn't do anything.
  • Test Scores: If you applied through another State Board to take the NAVLE, you will have to ensure that your scores are transferred to us by the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency, 380 West 22nd Street, Suite 101, Kansas City, MO 64108. Telephone: 877-698-8482. 
  • Letters of Good Standing (if applicable): If you are now licensed, or have ever been licensed, in another state or jurisdiction, Letters of Good Standing must be sent to us directly from all other State Boards and/or any other jurisdiction where you were licensed. These letters may be emailed from an official state office; however, faxes are not accepted.
  • Documentation if you have any pending or past disciplinary action with another state Board or if you have any criminal convictions (other than minor traffic violations).

Type #2: If you've never been licensed in Maryland and your scores are more than five years old and one of the three bullets below applies:  
  • Engaged in the clinical practice of veterinary medicine continuously for the 5 years preceding application;
  • Taught clinical veterinary medicine for the 5 years preceding application at an institution accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association; or
  • Relocated outside the U.S. because either you or your spouse served the government,
 
Then, you will need to submit:
  • Application: A notarized Application for a Maryland Veterinary License.  
  • Resume: A resume of all professional activity
  • Transcripts: A school authenticated copy of your veterinary medical school transcripts, which must come directly from your school in a sealed envelope. If your transcript is not in English, a translation must be provided.
  • Photograph: One head shot taken within the past six months (approximately 2" X 3" in size) with your complete signature on the back.
  • Letters of Good Standing (if applicable): If you are now licensed, or have ever been licensed, in another State or jurisdiction, you will have to have letters of good standing sent to us directly from the other State Boards or jurisdictions to this office. These letters may be emailed from an official State Office; however, faxes are not accepted.
  • Documentation if you have any pending or past disciplinary action with another state Board or if you have any criminal convictions (other than minor traffic violations).

Type #3: If you have a Maryland veterinary license that expired within the last 5 years, you may apply for reinstatement of the license. You will have to submit: 
  • Continuing Education: Proof of 18 CEs for each year your license was lapsed. (For instance, if your license was lapsed for 2 years, you will have to show proof of earning 36 credits between the time your license lapsed and the date you submit your application for reinstatement);
  • Resume: A current resume of all professional activity or CV.
  • Letters of Good Standing: Licensure verifications from other state licensing boards or other jurisdictions where you are, or have ever been licensed;
  • Documentation if you have any pending or past disciplinary action with another state Board or if you have any criminal convictions (other than minor traffic violations)​.
  • See the procedures for Reinstating a Maryland Veterinary License

(If you have been licensed in Maryland in the past but your license has lapsed 5 years or more, you must apply as if you have never been licensed in Maryland.)

Application Approval Process  
Type #1 applications that are routine can be processed within about two weeks after all documentation is received and verified; however, members of the State Board review all Type #2 and Type #3 applications during the Board's regular meetings. The Board is scheduled to meet on the fourth Thursday of every month. If you have a job offer waiting, be sure you take this step into account.  

If your application is approved:
  • We will mail you an approval letter and an application for license registration. 
  • We must receive your completed registration application and registration fee before issuing you a license and registration.  
  • A registration certificate will be issued and mailed to you within two weeks after we receive your registration application and confirmation of payment.
  • You must have your license and registration complete before you may begin practicing in Maryland. 

Late Renewal: If you have a Maryland veterinary license that has lapsed less than 12 months, you may renew y​our license online here. To renew online, you will need to use the email we have on file for you. If you do not have an email on file or need to change it, call the Board office at (410) 841-5862. There is a $100 late fee for renewing after July 1. 

The information you supply is used by the Board to determine whether to issue you a license. You have a right to inspect, amend, or correct this information. Under State Government Article, Section 10-617, Annotated Code of Maryland, this information would be generally available for public inspection. This information is not routinely shared with state, federal, or local government agencies.

If you have questions, call the Board office at 410-841-5862.
Contact: 
Tonya Kendrick
Licensing Administrator
410-841-5862

Request an application form.  After we receive your request and application fee, we will email you an application.

Application & Registration Fees: 
  • Application Fee: $225
  • License/Registration Fee (paid after your application is approve): 
    • $150 between July 1 and Dec. 31
    • $75 between Jan. 1 and June 30.
  • Annual Renewal: $150
  • Late Fee (renewing a registration after July 1): $100

Be Aware! Payment takes time! For state auditing purposes, all initial licensing and registration fees are made directly to our bank. We can not take payments in the Board office. We can not move forward with your application or licensing until payment is confirmed. Be sure you take this time into account when applying for a license if you have a job offer waiting. Currently, only license registration renewals can be done online and paid with a credit card.

Renewals: All veterinarians must renew their license registrations before the beginning of the fiscal year, which begins July 1. IMPORTANT: If you are initially licensed in May or June in order to begin working the last month or two of the fiscal year, you will have to renew again by July 1 for the following fiscal year. 

ALL APPLICANTS are required to attest that they have read and comprehend the laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine in Maryland. Failure to adhere to state regulations can result in disciplinary action. 
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Are you planning to apply for (or renew) a CDS Permits? 

Register with the PDMP
Veterinarians applying for, or renewing, an individual CDS prescribing permit must register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramVeterinarians are currently exempt from reporting to the PDMP, but you must register. You will not be able to obtain a CDS permit without registering. For info & to register. Please direct questions about PDMP registration to program managers.

Continuing Education Requirements
A veterinarian who applies for an initial CDS permit or who applies to renew a CDS permit on or after October 1, 2018 must first take 2 CEs in prescribing or dispensing CDS. The CEs must be approved by the State Board.  You will have to attest to taking these CEs when you apply for your CDS permit.

CDS permits are issued by the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Controlled Substance Administration – not the State Veterinary Board.  Although the State Board does not require new licensees to obtain CEs their first year of licensure, the OCSA does require licensees to have these 2 CEs before obtaining a CDS permit. For more info.
 
Do you have a substance abuse issue? 
Veterinarians who have problems with substance abuse or mental health issues can get help from the Maryland Healthcare Professionals Program. If you self-refer, the program will not contact the Board. Don't wait. Get help today. 
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