For Veterinarians

National examination

The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) is offered twice in Maryland - once in the spring and once in the fall. For information on applying to take the NAVLE and testing window dates, please contact the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners at P.O. Box 1356, Bismarck, ND 58502, Tel: (701) 224-0332, or go to http://www.nbvme.org.

State examination

The Maryland State Board Examination is a jurisprudence exam. ​To take this exam, the candidate shall read and comprehend the laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinary medicine in the State of Maryland. Only after this has been completed may the candidate sign a statement attesting to this fact before a Notary Public. The application to take the State Board Examination is the same application as that used to become licensed in Maryland.

For more information regarding applying for a license: Veterinary License Applications

 Read the laws and regulations governing the practice of veterinar​y medicine in Maryland here. 


For Veterinary Technicians

National examination

The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is offered three times per year in Maryland - from March 15 - April 15, from July 15 - August 15, and from November 15 - December 15. The application deadline for the spring window is February 15, the application deadline for the summer window is June 15, and the application deadline for the fall window is October 15. For information on applying to take the VTNE, please contact the American Association of Veterinary State Boards at www.aavsb.org/VTNE or call 1.816.931.1504.

Please be advised that, in Maryland, coursework obtained through non-accredited veterinary assistant programs does not make an individual eligible to sit the VTNE.  The list of accredited veterinary technology programs may be viewed by clicking here.  The SBVME accepts AVMA-accredited distance learning programs, as well. 

Licensure Information  

For more information about how to become a licensed veterinarian, click here. ​

For more information about how to become a Registered Veterinary Technician, click here. ​

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