How to Apply for an Ohio Veterinary
Medical License by Examination
If you are a student or graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary
the State of Ohio application for a Veterinary License by Examination.
The application needs to have proper notarization and a recent
- 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
soon to graduate, or are a recent graduate (same year as application)
and the final transcript is not yet available, you may have the
dean of your college submit a letter to the Ohio Board attesting
to your pending/recent graduation. The letter must include the
exact date of graduation. The official transcript will need to
be received by the Ohio Board within six weeks of your graduation.
- 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
- You must
have passed the NBE and CCT examinations with a 75.0, or above
OR the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE)
with a 75.0, or above. These scores must be transferred to the
Ohio Board by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards',
Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA): P.O. Box 801618,
Kansas City, MO 64180-1614, phone: 877-698-8482 or 816-931-1504.
These scores must be received before the Ohio Board will review
- Submit the
required fee in the form of a cashier's check or money order (personal
checks will not be accepted):
even numbered years = $375.00
odd numbered years = $250.00
- 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
If you are a graduate from a foreign school:
- 1. Ohio requires
that all foreign graduates complete the AVMA ECFVG program (Steps
1, 2, 3 & 4) in order to be eligible for licensure in Ohio.
The Ohio Board must receive a letter directly from the ECFVG Committee
confirming your completion of the program and a copy of your certificate
- 2. You are
also required to complete the requirements listed above in Section
A: 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7.