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Vet Examining Dog

Veterinarian (DVM)

Rescue Puppy
Animal Kingdom

Educational Requirements

Veterinarian licensees are required to be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) approved school, per 201 KAR 16:020

*Please review regulation for a complete list of approved institutes

Examination Requirements

The board shall recognize passing scores on the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) if the applicant for licensure completed both examinations before May 2000. 

The examination required for licensure shall be the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) developed by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Passed the NAVLE

  • Provide a copy of your examination score report to KBVE.

Need to take the NAVLE

  • Applicants shall apply to KBVE for verification of eligibility.

  • Apply to the National Board Examination Committee for Veterinary Medicine for admission to the examination. 



Jurispridence Exam

Applicants for licensure shall also be required to achieve a score of seventy-five (75) percent or higher on the Kentucky State Board Examination which shall cover the specific requirements of KRS Chapter 321 and the administrative regulations promulgated pursuant thereto. 

Veterinarian Fee Reduction for Military Personnel

If a veterinarian applicant submits a copy of his or her DD-214 (or other documentations accepted to the board) with their application of renewal paperwork, the board shall waive or reduce fees as indicated below (201 KAR 16:510 § 16(8)):

Active Duty:

For active duty military, active reserves, and National Guard persons, an individual's initial application fees ($100), the Kentucky State Exam fee ($100), and the biennial renewal fees ($200) shall be waved. 




For retired military personnel with twenty (20) or more years of service, an individual's initial application fees ($100) shall be waived, and the biennial renewal fees shall be reduces by half (-$100), rounded to the nearest whole dollar. 



Other Veteran:

For any other military veteran, the initial application fees ($100) shall be waived. 



All other requirements of licensure, including renewal deadlines and continuing education requirements established in 201 KAR 16:590, shall still be met. 


107 Corporate Drive, 

Second Floor

Frankfort, KY 40601

Office: 502-782-0273

Fax: 502-695-5887


For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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