New Veterinarian Applicant

Veterinary Medicine License Application Process

New Graduates Who Have Not Passed the North American Veterinary Licensure Examination (NAVLE)

As of May 1, 2018, new graduate applicants should not apply for their Wisconsin Veterinary Medicine License until after they have taken and passed both the NAVLE and Wisconsin state exam. Both exams will be administered through the International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA). Visit ICVA for instructions.

Once both exams are passed, apply and pay online* at MyDATCP.wi.gov, or print and mail your documents.

Required documents:

  1. Application with all questions answered and applicant's notarized signature. If applying online, you must submit the original notarized signature page to the Madison address.
  2. Applicant's Social Security number (form is required if applying by mail).
  3. Application fees. Pay online or mail to Milwaukee address with "ATTN: VEB" on your check.
  4. The NAVLE results for examination taken on or after 11/01/00 or the National Board Examination (NBE) and Clinical Competency Test (CCT) results for examination taken prior to 11/01/00 (does not apply to licensure by endorsement applicants). ICVA will provide your passing score report to us if you apply through Wisconsin.
  5. Wisconsin statutes and rules examination passing score report. ICVA will provide this to the VEB once completed.
  6. Certificate of professional education form completed, sealed by your college, and mailed directly to DATCP at the Madison address.
  7. Letter of verification of licensure from any and all other states and countries that you have ever had a veterinary medicine license. If applicable, request that all be mailed directly to VEB at the Madison address.
  8. Application for temporary permit, if applicable.
  9. Convictions and pending charges, if applicable and all required documents.
  10. Malpractice suits, claims, and settlements, if applicable and all required documents.
  11. If the applicant's name on all documents are not the same, submit certified copy of marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.
  12. All supporting documents must be in English.

In addition to the above requirements, graduates of non-board approved veterinary schools must provide evidence of completion for one of the following: 

  • Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification program through AVMA.org
  • Program for Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE) through AAVSB.org.

All Other Applicants

Apply and pay for your license online* at MyDATCP.wi.gov, or print and mail your documents.

Required documents:

  1. Application with all questions answered and applicant's signature notarized. If applying online, you must submit the original notarized signature page to the Madison address.
  2. Applicant's Social Security number (form is required if applying by mail).
  3. Application fees. Pay online or mail to Milwaukee address with "ATTN: VEB" on your check.
  4. The NAVLE results for examination taken on or after 11/01/00 or the NBE and CCT results for examination taken prior to 11/01/00. You must request AAVSB.org send this directly to Wisconsin VEB (does not apply to licensure by endorsement applicants).
  5. Wisconsin statutes and rules examination passing score report (see instructions below).
  6. Certificate of professional education form completed, sealed by your college, and mailed directly to the VEB at Madison address.
  7. Letter of verification of licensure from any and all other states and countries that you have ever had a veterinary medicine license. If applicable, request that all be mailed directly to VEB at the Madison address
  8. Application for temporary permit, if applicable.
  9. Convictions and pending charges, if applicable and all required documents.
  10. Malpractice suits, claims, and settlements, if applicable and all required documents.
  11. If the applicant's name on all documents are not the same, submit certified copy of marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.
  12. All supporting documents must be in English. 

*Applying online and paying with a credit card or automated clearing house (ACH) will be the quickest option as payment can be applied right away.

Wisconsin Statutes and Rules Exam

After your application is received, reviewed, and approved for testing, you will receive an email from ICVA (formerly NBVME) with information to register and pay to take the Wisconsin state exam. The exam is an online, open book exam with questions relating to the veterinary practice and the rules and statues governing the practice of veterinary medicine in Wisconsin. You have 60 days to complete the examination from the eligibility start date provided to you via email. A passing score is 88% or higher. ICVA will provide VEB with your score report or you may email it to VEB to expedite the process.

Note: Testing windows are twice per month, around the middle and the end of each month. You should allow up to 30 days for the state exam process.