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 Iowa Workforce Information NetworkNovember 25, 2015
License Title: Veterinarian

License Description: Veterinarians diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of animals, determine the nature of disease or injury and treat animals surgically or medically. They inoculate animals against disease and test cattle for tuberculosis and brucellosis; conduct necropsies to determine cause of death; inspect animals, both before and after slaughter, that are intended for human food; advise individuals on the care and breeding of animals; engage in general practice, treating various animal species or specialize, restricting practice to dogs, cats, and other pets, or to single species such as cattle, horses, or poultry.

Authorizing Statute: Code of Iowa, Chapter 169

Requirements for License:An applicant must have at least two years of pre-veterinary education and four years of veterinary medicine to get a doctorate degree. Foreign graduates need to submit an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certificate. Applicants must have received a passing score for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or the National Board Exam/Clinical Competency Test (NBE/CCT) exams, if applicable.
At least sixty hours of continuing education in courses approved by the Board of Veterinary Medicine shall be completed triennially by each licensee for license renewal.

Application: $50
Duration: Three years
Renewal: $45
Exam: $350 - NAVLE Exam (includes $25 administrative fee)

When:Applicants must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). This exam replaced the NBE and CCT and is offered in April and December of each year.

License Authority:
Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine
Wallace State Office Building
E 9th & Grand Ave
Des Moines IA 50319
Phone: 5152818617

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