Veterinary licensing examinations abroad
Veterinary graduates in the country have better prospects in USA, UK and Canada. In order to start practice they are required to fulfill certain licensing examinations viz. ECFVG, PAVE and NAVLE.
There are two certification programs for graduates of non-accredited veterinary schools, the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) and the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE).
The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program is a certification program for graduates of non-accredited veterinary schools operated by the American Veterinary Medical Association. All licensing boards accept ECFVG certificates for candidates seeking licensure.
The ECFVG program consists of four steps. The first step is application and credentials verification, which require the applicants to demonstrate that they are graduates of a recognized (but not AVMA-accredited) school of veterinary medicine. The second step requires demonstration of English proficiency. Third step is passing the ECFVG’s new basic and clinical sciences examination, and the fourth step is passing a three and a half day' hands-on clinical examination (the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE)].
Beginning with the fall 2007 NAVLE administration, ECFVG candidates must pass the ECFVG’s new step 3 examinations before they can be approved by a licensing board to take the NAVLE.
For more information on the ECFVG program, contact:
Web site: http://www.avma.org/education/ecfvg
The Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) is a certification program for graduates of non-accredited veterinary schools operated by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). About 24 licensing boards presently accept PAVE certificates in addition to ECFVG certificates.
PAVE, like ECFVG, has four steps. Step 1 is application and credentials review, and Step 2 is demonstration of English proficiency. PAVE step 3 requires candidates to pass the NBVME’s Qualifying Examination, designed to assess knowledge in basic science areas taught in the first three years of an accredited veterinary school, but not covered directly on the NAVLE. PAVE step 4 requires candidates to demonstrate clinical proficiency by completing at least 12 months of evaluated clinical experience at an accredited veterinary school, or by passing the Veterinary Clinical Skills Assessment (VCSA), a hands-on clinical skills examination developed by the NBVME.
Canada has its own certification requirements for international veterinary graduates. Individual licensing boards are responsible for determining the eligibility of candidates to sit for the NAVLE. As noted above, beginning with the 2007-2008 NAVLE administrations, ECFVG and PAVE candidates must have completed the Step 3 examination requirement of the respective program before they can be approved by a licensing board to take the NAVLE.
All licensure candidates, whether they are graduates of accredited or non-accredited schools, must pass the NAVLE in order to be licensed to practice veterinary medicine by any licensing board in North America.
- Dr.T P Sethumadhavan