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How to Apply for an Ohio Veterinary
Medical License by Examination

A.) If you are a student or graduate of an AVMA accredited veterinary college:

  1. Complete the State of Ohio application for a Veterinary License by Examination. The application needs to have proper notarization and a recent photograph attached.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 an application.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

B.) If you are a graduate from a foreign school:

  1. 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 of completion.
  2. 2. You are also required to complete the requirements listed above in Section A: 1, 4, 5, 6 & 7.

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