Before You Apply

If you intend to apply for a license to practice veterinary medicine in Maryland, be sure you understand all requirements and submit all documents.  The State Board will not review your application until all materials are received in our office. 

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 for a Maryland Veterinary License: An online application (after July 1, 2019) or a notarized paper application.  
  • Transcripts: A school authenticated copy of your college transcripts 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Photograph: One head shot taken within the past six months (approximately 2" X 3" in size). If you are applying on paper, your complete signature must be on the back.
  • 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 for a Maryland Veterinary License: An online application (after July 1, 2019) or a notarized paper application.  
  • Resume: A resume of all professional activities.
  • Transcripts: A school authenticated copy of your college transcripts 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). if you are applying on paper, your complete signature must be 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: 
  • An application for reinstatment. 
  • 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, the State Board reviews all Type #2 and Type #3 applications. 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 you applied online and your application is approved:
  • You will receive an email that your application has been approved. You will be sent a link to complete your registration process and pay the registration fee.
  • A registration certificate will be issued and emailed to you after we receive your registration application and confirmation of payment.
  • You must have your license and registration complete and in your possession before you may begin practicing in Maryland. 

If you applied on paper and your application is approved:
    • An approval letter and an application for license registration will be mailed to you through the USPS. You must complete it and mail it back to us with a check for your registration fee.
    • A registration certificate will be issued and mailed to you within two weeks after we receive your registration application and confirmation of payment.
    • We must receive your completed registration application and registration fee before issuing you a license and registration.  
    • You must have your license and registration complete and in hand before you may practice 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
    410-841-5796 or 5862

    All veterinarians must renew their license registrations before the beginning of the fiscal year, which begins July 1. 

    If you are initially licensed in May or June in order to begin working the last month or two of the fiscal year, you still have to renew again by July 1 for the following fiscal year. 




    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
     
    Paper Applications
    If you do not want to apply online and would rather submit a paper application, be aware that the process will take several weeks longer. To apply on paper, request the  appropriate application form (below).  After we receive your request and application fee, we will email you an application.  

    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. 

    After you are licensed. . . 
    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 PDMP 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 (MDH), Office of Provider Engagement and CDS Regulation  – not the State Veterinary Board.  Although the State Board does not require new licensees to obtain CEs their first year of licensure, MDH does require licensees to have these 2 CEs before obtaining a CDS permit. For more info.

     
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