Step 3 — Basic and Clinical Sciences Knowledge
All candidates who enroll into the ECFVG program on or after January 1, 2014 must attain a passing score on the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE) in order to complete Step 3 of the ECFVG certification program. Candidates who enrolled prior to January 1, 2014, and have taken the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) during the April 2007 or prior administrations ONLY, or the National Board Examination (NBE) and Clinical Competency Test (CCT) prior to year 2000 may be eligible to use successful score reports from those prior examinations to complete ECFVG Step 3.
Candidates will be notified by e-mail and through ECFVG Online (the online candidate database) of their eligibility to apply for the Step 3 examination. Please note that candidates only become eligible to apply for and take the BCSE upon successful completion of ECFVG Step 2.
The AVMA owns and administers the BCSE, a computer-based examination, lasting approximately four hours and consisting of 225 questions, designed to help assess basic and clinical veterinary sciences knowledge. Complete information on the BCSE, including application procedures, rescheduling rules, rules of conduct, and testing accommodations, can be found in the BCSE Candidate Bulletin. All candidates must review this document before taking the BCSE.
The Canadian National Examining Board (NEB; http://www.canadianveterinarians.net/) also uses the BCSE as part of its certification program. NEB candidates must register for the BCSE through the NEB office; score reports for NEB candidates will also be through the NEB office. Both ECFVG and NEB candidates may reserve only a single testing seat per BCSE application, regardless through which agency that single testing seat is reserved.
For ECFVG candidates taking the BCSE, scores will automatically be entered into candidate files; a passing score will result in completion of ECFVG Step 3 and successful candidates will then be notified of their eligibility to apply for ECFVG Step 4, the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE). Both passing and failing BCSE scores will also be reported directly to candidates by the Testing Coordinator via e-mail and through ECFVG Online (the online candidate database). BCSE scores will not be available to candidates via telephone.
For ECFVG candidates who enrolled into the ECFVG program prior to January 1, 2014 and who have successfully completed the NAVLE during or prior to the April 2007 administration or the NBE and CCT prior to 2000, the ECFVG requires original NAVLE or NBE/CCT score reports directly from the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA) of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). NAVLE and NBE/CCT scores are ONLY reported to the ECFVG at the request of the ECFVG candidate. Requests for score transfers must be directed to the VIVA, 380 W. 22nd Street, Suite 101, Kansas City, MO 64108 (E-mail: vivaaavsb [dot] org; telephone: 816-931-1504, ext. 23; Web site: www.aavsb.org/VIVA/). The ECFVG office will notify each applicant when his/her scores have been received. Again, VIVA will not report scores to the ECFVG without a request from the candidate, and the ECFVG will consider Step 3 complete only on receipt of a score report from VIVA indicating a passing score on the NAVLE (April 2007 and previous administrations only) or the NBE and CCT (prior to spring 2000) for those candidates who enrolled into the ECFVG program prior to January 1, 2014.
CQ (Certificate of Qualification) holders who enrolled after January 1, 2014 and had taken the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) during the April 2007 or prior administrations ONLY, or the National Board Examination (NBE) and Clinical Competency Test (CCT) prior to year 2000 are eligible to use successful score reports from those prior examinations to complete ECFVG Step 3 of the certification program.
ECFVG candidate addresses listed on Step 3 examination score reports (BCSE, NAVLE or NBE/CCT) that vary from the address on record must be explained in writing, listing both the old and new address, before ECFVG can record and acknowledge receipt of the score report. Therefore, it is important that all candidates provide the ECFVG office with address updates as soon as possible. Address changes must be made through ECFVG Online or in writing.
For information regarding the NAVLE, which is a licensing examination, please contact the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME), PO Box 1356, Bismarck, ND 58502 (Web site: www.nbvme.org; telephone: 701-224-0332).
In addition, candidates who enroll into the ECFVG program on or after July 1, 2014, must submit validated Surgical Experience Documentation forms as proof of having performed, in the five-year period prior to candidate's CPE, at least one (1) ovariohysterectomy as the primary surgeon and at least five (5) additional surgical procedures as either the primary or the assistant surgeon. The 5 additional procedures may be ovariohysterectomies or other surgical procedures, but each documented surgery should involve all elements of an aseptic surgical procedure, including gowning & gloving, draping of the patient, and use of sterile instrumentation. Validation of surgery experience can be provided by one or more veterinarians licensed to practice veterinary medicine in any international jurisdiction. Please note that, candidates who enrolled into the ECFVG program on or after July 1, 2014, will be eligible to register for the full CPE only when the required documentation is received in its entirety in the ECFVG office and processed by ECFVG staff. The ECFVG reserves the right to verify the documents received. Candidates are reminded that falsification of documents would be a violation of the Rules of Conduct and can resolve in disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal from the program. Candidates who successfully fulfill this eligibility requirement will be notified of their Step 4 eligibility by e-mail and will be able to register and apply for CPE through ECFVG Online.
This CPE eligibility requirement does not apply to candidates enrolled in the ECFVG program prior to July 1, 2014. However, the ECFVG strongly recommends that all candidates have the experience described above prior to attempting the surgical section of the CPE.