State Board of Veterinary Medicine
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Rules and regulations - A hard copy is available from the Board office upon request.  Remember to include your mailing address with your request.

Name change - Will be made only when a copy of an official document (marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order) is submitted with a letter of request.  The fee for a duplicate license is $5.00 (check or money order) payable to the Commonwealth of PA.

Address change - Written requests should include the old address, new address and license number and/or social security number.  The Board must be notified within 10 days of any change in address.

Certification of Licensure - A veterinarian or veterinary technician needing verification (letter of good standing) of their Pennsylvania license sent to another state, must submit a $15.00 check or money order payable to "Commonwealth of PA" to the Board office. Include the request form showing your license number and the state to which the verification is being sent.

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Board application forms are available to be downloaded.

Application for Licensure in Veterinary Medicine (or submit online)
Application for Certification as Veterinary Technician (or submit online)
Veterinary Continuing Education Provider Application

Reactivation Application - Veterinarian 

Reactivation Application - Veterinary Technician 

***2014 RENEWAL***

Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician

Name and/or Address Change Form

Certification of Licensure Request Form

Questions regarding practice of this profession may be directed to the Office of the State Board: 

Board Administrator, State Board of Veterinary Medicine, P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA  17105-2649, (717) 783-7134.

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Board Examination Information:

North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) (computerized) 
Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) (computerized) 

To apply for the NAVLE, contact:  National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME).  No application is submitted to the Pennsylvania Board of Veterinary Medicine prior to the exam.  Eligibility of an applicant is determined by the NBVME, per direction of the Pennsylvania Board.  An applicant must be receiving an AVMA accredited veterinary degree or ECFVG certification (for information, go to

To apply, go to  and click on:

  •  "Information for NAVLE Candidates" (top link);  then ……
  •  Second link under "Licensing Board Application Requirements"

Your NAVLE score is sent from the NBVME, NOT from the Pennsylvania Board.  AFTER passing the NAVLE AND receiving an accredited degree OR completing ECFVG certification, apply for veterinary licensure in Pennsylvania by using the appropriate application which can be downloaded above.

For VTNE application, contact:  AAVSB, 380 West 22nd St., Suite 101, Kansas City, MO 64108.  Phone:  1-877-698-8482 or at  Deadline for application is 30 days prior to the first date of the exam window.  An applicant must have an AVMA accredited degree in veterinary technology. 

Examination Dates: 

NAVLE - four week "window" in November/December AND two week "window" in April (dates vary each year; months do not).  The exam is given at the nationwide Prometric (formerly Sylvan) test centers.

VTNE - There are three testing windows per year -- March 15th through April 15th, July 15th through August 15th and November 15th through December 15th. 

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License renewal cycle and fees:

Licenses expire November 30th of every even-numbered year.  The board mails renewal notices 2 to 3 months prior to the license expiration date.  Notices are mailed to the most recent address the licensee has reported to the Board.  The Postal Service does not forward licenses.

Renewal Fee:        Veterinarian: $360   
                          Veterinary Technician: $100

Continuing Education Requirement (for completion during the 24 months preceding renewal):
          Veterinarian - 30 hours (see regulations 31.15 & 31.16)
          Veterinary Technician - 16 hours (see regulations 31.36 & 31.40)

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State Board of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
Phone - (717) 783-7134
Fax - (717) 787-7769

Modified Date: 09/03/2014 03:33 PM