General Information

  • If you hold a current, active Veterinarian license in another jurisdiction (state, the District of Columbia or U.S. territory), follow the instructions for applying by reciprocity.
  • If you do not hold a current, active Veterinarian license in another jurisdiction – regardless of whether you need to take the examination – follow the instructions for applying by examination. 

Veterinary Licensing Examinations

You must pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), the current licensing examination, unless you passed its predecessors, the National Board Examination and Clinical Competency Test (NBE/CCT).  However…

  • If you were first licensed before 1971, NBE scores are not required.
  • If you were first licensed before 1980, CCT scores not required.

Since the Delaware Board of Veterinary Medicine must approve you to take the NAVLE, you must submit two applications – a licensure application to the Delaware Board and a NAVLE application to the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME). Click NAVLE for important information about the deadlines for submitting your applications .

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Enclose the required non-refundable fee by check or money order made payable to "State of Delaware" as follows:  
    • If you filing an application for examination or permanent licensure, submit the processing fee.
    • If you are applying for a Temporary License, submit the temporary license fee in addition to the processing fee for the application.
    • If you are applying for a Temporary Permit, submit only the temporary permit fee.  The processing fee is not required.
  • If you have already passed the NBE/CCT or NAVLE, whichever applies, arrange for the Board office to receive a Score Report and Credential Information, sent directly from the Veterinary Information Verification Agency to the Board office.  To request a Score Report and Credential Information, see VIVA.
  • If you have ever held a Veterinarian license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), arrange for the Board office to receive a verification of licensure from each jurisdiction where you have ever held a license, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
  • If you received your veterinary education at a foreign veterinary college that is not AVMA-accredited, submit a copy of the certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), as applicable.
    • Delaware requires the ECFVG or CVMA certificate before permitting you to take the NAVLE.
    • For veterinary colleges that are AVMA-accredited, see AVMA Educational Resources

Additional Requirements for Applicants by Examination

If you are applying by examination – regardless of whether you need to take the NAVLE or have already passed it – you must provide proof of your education in addition to the items listed in Requirements for All Applicants section above.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive proof of your education as shown in the table below:

IF you…

THEN arrange for the Board office to receive a(n)…

IMPORTANT

graduated from an AVMA-accredited veterinary college

official transcript sent directly from the veterinary college to the Delaware Board office

The transcript must show the date you received your veterinary degree.

graduated from a foreign veterinary college that is not AVMA-accredited

copy of the completion certificate issued by the ECFVG or CVMA

Delaware requires the ECFVG or CVMA certificate before permitting you to take the NAVLE.

are enrolled in your final year at an AVMA-accredited veterinary school

notarized letter from a school official, sent directly from the school to the Delaware Board office

The letter must state:

  • that you are enrolled in your final year and
  • the expectation that you will graduate from that school .
  • If you are approved to take the NAVLE based on a letter from your school, arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript, sent directly from the veterinary college to the Delaware Board office, when you graduate.
    • The transcript must show the date you received your veterinary degree.
    • The Board will consider the application for licensure only after it receives the official transcript. 

Temporary Permits and Licenses

  • A temporary permit applies to nonresident veterinarians who are validly licensed in another jurisdiction and requesting to work temporarily in Delaware. The requirements are listed in the Requirement for All Applicants section above.
  • A temporary license applies when the temporary permit does not.  In addition to meeting all of the requirements listed above, arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from a Delaware-licensed veterinarian certifying that you will remain in the veterinarian's continuous employ and under his or her supervision and that he or she will monitor your professional activities and be fully responsible for you while you are under temporary licensure.

Under no circumstances should you begin practicing in Delaware before the temporary license or permit is issued.