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Veterinary Licensure Application & Instructions

Applying by Exam Requirements:

1. Submit an application online at MyLicense.IN.gov with the application fee of $150.00. The paper application is available if necessary.

2. Criminal Background Check:  All applicants must obtain a criminal background check prior to being issued a license or registration. For information please click on criminal background check. Please note that you must wait until you have received your online application receipt or you have been notified by us that we have received your application before you obtain your criminal background check. If your background is received prior to the date we received your application, we will not be able to accept those results and you will be required to do the background process again.

3. Written Statement:  If you answered “yes” to any questions on your application, explain fully, including all related details in a signed, written statement. Include the violation, location, date, and disposition. You will need to provide copies of any and all court documentation regarding each offense.  This may be uploaded with your application or using the License Update feature in your account after submitting your application online.

4. Transcripts:  An official (certified) transcript of grades from an accredited college of veterinary medicine where the applicant obtained their degree. Transcripts should show the degree conferred. This must be sent directly from the school (e-transcripts accepted to pla8@pla.in.gov.)

5. Official Score Report: Applicants must submit an official score report of their North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT), directly to the Board from the American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ (AAVSB) Veterinary Information Verifying Agency. Please contact the AAVSB for a “Score Reporting Service” form at the address listed below. You may also download this form from their website. This will explain how to obtain your scores and fee information.

6. Name Change Document: A copy of a marriage certificate or an official affidavit indicating any legal name change, if your name differs from that on any documents. This may be uploaded with your application or using the License Update feature in your account after submitting your application online.

8. EDUCATION COMMISSSION FOR FOREIGN VETERINARY GRADUATES (ECFVG) (if applicable)Applicant’s, who have not graduated from an accredited college of veterinary medicine, must submit satisfactory proof that they hold an Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certificate issued by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or a Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) certificate issued by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Applicants are not eligible for licensure until they submit satisfactory proof that they hold an ECFVG certificate issued by the AVMA or a PAVE certificate issued by the AAVSB. Please contact ECFVG or PAVE on how to obtain certification. A list of accredited colleges of veterinary medicine is available on the AVMA website.

Applying by Endorsement Requirements:

Applicants who are applying by endorsement are required to submit the following documents as well as the documents listed above.   The documents listed may be uploaded with your application or using the License Update feature in your account after submitting your application online.

1. Verification of State Licensure: Verifications must be submitted by every state where you hold or have held a license or certification. This form needs to be submitted to the Indiana State Board of Dentistry by the state in which you hold or have held a license or certification. (Electronic Verification of State Licensure are accepted to pla8@pla.in.gov.)

2. Proof of 5 Years of Practicing as a Veterinarian- If you have not completed the NBE and/or CCT Examination or the NAVLE you must submit five (5) years of experience of practicing as a veterinarian. The Board may issue a license without an examination to a qualified applicant who for the five (5) years immediately preceding filing an application has been a practicing veterinarian licensed in a state, territory, or district of the United States having license requirements which are substantially equivalent to the requirements of this chapter. Documentation of your employment record for the past five (5) years may include such evidence as:

  • A letter from your employer, including dates of practice and the name and location of the practice.
  • Dated yellow-pages listings from your local telephone directory for the past five (5) years.
  • Letters from colleagues which include the dates you have practiced and the name and location of your practice.
  • Or any other information to prove to the Board’s satisfaction that you have been engaged in active practice of veterinary medicine for the past five (5) years.

Abandoned Applications
If an applicant does not submit all requirements within one (1) year after the date on which the application is filed, the application for licensure is abandoned without any action of the Board. An application submitted subsequent to an abandoned application shall be treated as a new application.