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How to Apply for an Ohio Veterinary
Medical License by Examination

You must meet the following requirements to receive an Ohio License by Examination. If you do not meet the following requirements within six (6) months of the Board receiving your application, your application will be considered incomplete and returned to you. Please note: your application fee still remains non-refundable. You will be required to resubmit your application and application fee once you have met all requirements.

You must submit all requirments with the exception of the background checks with your application.

The Following must be submitted with a completed application:

  1. You must be a graduate from an AVMA approved college or have completed the ECFVG or PAVE program. An official copy of your transcript must be submitted to the Ohio Board with your application in a sealed envelope from the veterinary college granting your degree. If you are a foreign veterinary graduate, a copy of your ECFVG or PAVE program certificate completion (Steps 1, 2, 3 & 4) must be submitted to the Ohio Board.

  2. Three letters of personal reference must be submitted to the Ohio Board. These letters should comment on your moral character from any adult who has known you for at least one year, but is not a member of your family.

  3. You must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE) and have your passing scores transferred to the Ohio Board.

  4. Submit a fee in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board: even numbered years = $375.00; odd numbered years = $250.00. You must include your full name on your check or money order to avoid having your application returned to you. Do NOT send cash or credit card information. Please keep a record of this payment the Ohio Board does NOT provide a receipt of payment.

  5. You must complete both an Ohio criminal background check and an FBI criminal background check, conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The results must be forwarded to the Ohio Board directly from BCI.
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