Veterinarian – College of Veterinary Medicine

May 2018

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  Veterinarian Source Notes
Required level of general education 54 - 90 semester hours depending on pre-requisite course requirements set by respective veterinary college

Subjects for admission shall include those courses prerequisite to the professional program in veterinary medicine, as well as courses that contribute to a broad general education. The goal of preveterinary education shall be to provide a broad base upon which professional education may be built, leading to lifelong learning with continued professional and personal development; See chart on VMCAS website for range of credit hours
Required graduate-level education 4 academic years including a minimum of 1 academic year of hands-on clinical education The curriculum shall extend over a period equivalent to a minimum of four academic years, including a minimum of one academic year of hands-on clinical education
Hands-On Animal Patient Training 45 - 60 weeks (1 - 2 clinical years) Range is not exact; based on a sampling of state veterinary schools' curriculum
Certification Exam North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE)  
Continuing Education Required 15-20 hours/year State websites via Range is not exact; based on a sampling of state requirements
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals Yes    
Overseeing agency / regulating body State veterinary board American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)

This chart was prepared to provide an example of the education, training, certification and regulatory oversight requirements of veterinarians and non-veterinarian providers in selected areas of veterinary practice. The chart is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement on the subject matter covered, but rather a guide that provides practical information for the reader. The chart does not represent legal advice and does not constitute a limitation or expansion of the lawful scope of practice applicable in any jurisdiction. The educational programs included in this resource are those known to AVMA and most often referenced in state regulations. This list is not exhaustive and not intended to describe every program offered in any covered category. The information was edited in May 2018 and may not necessarily reflect future changes in programs. We hope that you find this material useful. Links to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion of such materials or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of those views and positions.

Source: Staff research, AVMA State Advocacy Division
Contact: State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Advocacy Division