A license must be obtained for each state in which you intend to practice veterinary medicine. Each state has its own licensing requirements and processes, and students are encouraged to study the requirements for each to ensure that they will meet the qualifications and can obtain licensure in a timely fashion. Students must apply for licensure in at least one state when applying for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). Information regarding NAVLE eligibility and application due-dates, as well as licensing, is available for each state at the International Council for Veterinary Assessment web site: https://www.icva.net/navle-general-information/navle/. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the grid containing state and territory licensing board contact information and NAVLE application details.
Note that the NAVLE is generally administered during two testing windows each year—typically November – December and April, and applications are due several months prior to the beginning of each window.
Information regarding transferring scores to other states and credentialing services can be found at the American Association of State Boards: https://www.aavsb.org/.
Licensure in New England
For those who wish to practice locally in New England, the following may be useful contact sites:
Rhode Island: http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=247