ECFVG News - May 2007

View by section:

I.    ECFVG program news and upcoming changes

II.   ECFVG meeting news

III.  ECFVG program statistics

IV. ECFVG fees for new candidates

I. ECFVG program news and upcoming changes

Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE) begins July 2007
ECFVG candidates and the NAVLE
NAVLE score transfers
Practice for the BCSE
Re-registration fee to increase
Postgraduate evaluated clinical year discontinued as of July 1, 2007

Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE) begins July 2007

The ECFVG has completed development of the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE), which, beginning in July 2007, will replace the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) as the Step 3 assessment tool. All ECFVG candidates who have not yet completed ECFVG Step 3 (assessment of basic and clinical sciences knowledge) either during or before the April 2007 NAVLE testing window will be required to take and pass the BCSE to complete Step 3 of the ECFVG program. On April 2, 2007 all BCSE-eligible candidates (ie, those that had completed ECFVG Step 2) were sent an application form to apply for one of the first four BCSE testing windows. If you believe you are eligible for the BCSE but have not received an application, please contact the ECFVGatavma [dot] org (Testing Coordinator). More information about the BCSE can be found under Step 3 and in the BCSE Candidate Bulletin.

ECFVG candidates and the NAVLE

According to the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME), foreign veterinary graduates enrolled in the ECFVG program and wanting to take the NAVLE after the April 2007 window to fulfill state licensure requirements will be required to first pass the BCSE. The NBVME recently reported that candidates who take the BCSE during the July 6-14, 2007 testing window will be tentatively approved to take the NAVLE during the November/December 2007 window pending receipt of a passing BCSE score report, even though the NAVLE registration deadline will have passed before the BCSE scores are released. Candidates will still need to apply for the November/December NAVLE window according to all registration deadlines indicated at For more information about the NAVLE, please contact the NBVME office at inforatnbvme [dot] org or 701-224-0332.

NAVLE score transfers

ECFVG candidates who took and passed the NAVLE during or before the April 2007 testing window may submit a passing score report to the ECFVG office to complete Step 3 of the certification program. The ECFVG requires an official score report from the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA) of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Candidates must contact VIVA directly (; 877-698-8482) to request a NAVLE score transfer. Scores for NAVLE administrations after the April 2007 window do not need to be reported to the ECFVG office, as the NAVLE will no longer be part of the certification program.

Practice for the BCSE

Prometric, the ECFVG's testing consultant, has developed an option program to provide candidates with a real-world practice run through the testing experience. Candidates can go through the entire process—from scheduling an examination to checking-in and becoming familiar with the testing environment. To learn more about this program and register for a Test Drive, please visit All fees for Test Drive are paid to Prometric.

The Commission also anticipates posting a brief practice test in mid to late May to provide candidates the opportunity to become familiar with computer-based testing and the range of questions on the BCSE. The practice test will be posted in the index on the ECFVG home page under Program Steps, Step 3.

Re-registration fee to increase

The re-registration fee for the ECFVG program will increase from the current $27.50 to $100.00 for each 2-year period beginning January 1, 2008. ECFVG candidates who have not yet completed the program and whose current enrollment period expires December 31, 2007 or thereafter will be required to pay the new $100 fee. All ECFVG candidates must re-register every two years to remain active in the program. Inactive candidates are not able to continue on through the program. Please see Step 1 for further information about registration and re-registration

Postgraduate evaluated clinical year discontinued as of July 1, 2007

Commencing July 1, 2007 and as reported in previous ECFVG news updates, the postgraduate Evaluated Clinical Year (ECY) will no longer satisfy the Step 4 requirements for ECFVG certification and will instead be considered an instructional clinical year.

Candidates currently enrolled in ECY programs will have until July 1, 2007 to complete the ECY and have it count as the final step towards certification. The 12 ECY sites can continue to admit ECFVG candidates into ECY programs as long as the program is structured to allow candidates to finish prior to July 1, 2007. In addition, petitions for approval of clinical experience at an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine when the experience is out of sequence or at a program not yet approved by the ECFVG will continue to be accepted and reviewed only if all required evaluations will be completed before July 1, 2007. If you are interested in pursuing this option, please contact the ECFVGatavma [dot] org (ECFVG Coordinator) at 800-248-2862, ext 6623.

The ECFVG does recognize the value of a postgraduate clinical educational year for those veterinarians wishing to voluntarily gain experience with the standards of US veterinary medical practice and culture and has encouraged former ECY sites to promote and offer instructional clinical years. Please see Related Resources for a list of entry-level postgraduate educational opportunities.

II. ECFVG meeting news

February 2007 ECFVG meeting news
New ECFVG Testing Coordinator
New Representative on ECFVG
Step 3 Steering Committee
CPE news
Next ECFVG meeting

February 2007 ECFVG meeting news

The ECFVG met at AVMA Headquarters in Schaumburg, IL on February 22-23, 2007. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Don Prater, who represents Government Service on the Commission. The February 2007 meeting was the last meeting at AVMA Headquarters for Dr. A. David Hayes, ECFVG member representing Veterinary Members of State Veterinary Licensing Boards, as his six-year term ends this July. At its April 2007 meeting, the AVMA Executive Board appointed Dr. J.C. Hines of Georgia to serve as the new representative of Veterinary Members of State Veterinary Licensing Boards for the 2007-2013 term. The ECFVG thanks Dr. Hayes for his years of dedicated service to the Commission and welcomes Dr. Hines!

New ECFVG testing coordinator

The ECFVG welcomed Ben Curran, the new Testing Coordinator, who joined the AVMA staff on February 20. Ben comes to the ECFVG with several years certification experience, having served as the Certification Services Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska.

New representative on ECFVG

The ECFVG will have a new representative added, beginning in July 2007. The new non-voting liaison representing Clinical Proficiency Examination site coordinators will be appointed by the ECFVG to serve a renewable three-year term. The ECFVG believes this new liaison will provide beneficial insight to the Commission, because any modification to the four-step certification program has potential ramifications on the CPE. The new non-voting liaison will soon be appointed to the ECFVG and will attend the fall 2007 Commission meeting

Step 3 Steering Committee

The Commission received the report of the ECFVG Step 3 Examination Steering Committee and approved several recommendations, including a modified six-section CPE format to begin January 2008 for after the introduction of the BCSE.

CPE news

The ECFVG accepted the news that the University of California-Davis CPE site has been voluntarily discontinued. The UCD CPE site has accommodated 16 candidates a year for the past several years. The ECFVG sends its sincere thanks for the hard work, dedication, and expertise of the UCD CPE team in ensuring the quality of the ECFVG certification program.

The new Anesthesiology and Small Animal Medicine sections of the CPE Manual of Administration have been distributed to all CPE sites, with Radiology to be revised completely in conjunction with introduction of the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BCSE).

The Commission will be distributing the new standard operating procedure for obtaining and reviewing reports of CPEs administered to all sites later this spring. The new reporting procedures will enhance communications between CPE sites and the Commission. The ECFVG also reviewed the schedule for CPE site evaluations. Three of the six ECFVG-approved sites will be evaluated by a site consultant and a testing consultant in 2007.

The CPE Site Coordinators (ECFVG sites) and Head Examiners (Canadian sites) will hold their annual meeting July 18, 2007 in Washington, DC. These meetings have proven invaluable to ensure consistency among sites and quality of the certification programs administered through the AVMA/ECFVG and the Canadian National Examining Board.

Next ECFVG meeting

The next ECFVG meeting will be October 19-20, 2007 in Schaumburg. Dr. Don Prater was elected by the Commission to serve a second term as ECFVG Chair. Dr. Gail Kunkle, representing the Council on Education, will serve as Vice Chair.

III. ECFVG program statistics

From January 1 through December 31, 2006, 456 new candidates registered in the ECFVG program. Twenty-nine percent are native-born citizens of the United States and 71% are native-born citizens of other countries.

During that same time, 371 candidates completed the program and were awarded ECFVG certificates. New certificate holders are graduates of more than 71 different veterinary schools in approximately 40 different countries. Total number of certificates awarded since 1965 exceeds 3,900.

IV. ECFVG fees for new candidates

Initial Registration

Enrollment for two full years: $275
One time ECFVG Quality Assurance Program (QAP): $725


Re-enrollment for each subsequent two year period, beginning January 1, 2008: $100.00

English Language Examinations

iB-TOEFL: $150 (USD if taken in the USA)
CAEL Assessment: $140 (CDN; offered in Canada only)
IELTS: $140 (USD if taken in the USA)

Step 3

BCSE: $75

Step 4

CPE: $5,000 plus airfare to site, lodging, and meals.