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 Preliminary Surgical Assessment for the CPE (PSA)
- 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 PSA/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 PSA/CPE. The PSA and CPE are hands-on, practical exams administered at predetermined test sites.
For additional information regarding the veterinary licensing examination process and how to enroll, please visit the NEB Candidate Information Guide.