A graduate of a non-accredited veterinary school is required to complete all 3 parts of the National Examining Board (NEB) examination sequence in order to receive a Certificate of Qualification (CQ). A CQ is a prerequisite to apply for a license from any of the 10 provincial veterinary licensing boards in Canada. The NEB's veterinary licensing examination process for graduates of non-accredited veterinary schools involves:
The Basic and Clinical Sciences Examinations (BCSE);
The North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE®);
The Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE).
The BCSE is the first exam that graduates from non-accredited veterinary schools must pass before being eligible to proceed to the NAVLE® and the CPE.
A graduate of an accredited veterinary school needs to pass the NAVLE within 2 attempts in order to receive a CQ. If the candidate requires more than 2 attempts, they must also successfully complete the CPE. The CPE is a hands-on, practical exam administered at predetermined test sites.
For additional information regarding the veterinary licensing examination process and how to enroll, download the Candidates Enrollment Guide - Information for Applicants.