To apply to become a Veterinarian or Certified Veterinary Technician in Oregon, you must:
1. Submit an Application
You can now submit an application online! Visit our Self Service Portal, then click on Applicant Portal. The first time that you visit the Applicant Portal, you'll click on "New User? Apply Now" to receive a temporary password allowing you to login and access the application. The application will ask you about all of the information listed on this page- so make sure that you read through the rest of this page before getting started!
2. Pay the Application Fees
You can pay by credit card or check. You'll pay after you've entered all of the information on your online application as a final step. If paying by check, please mail your check after submitting your application online. Applications are not complete until valid payment is received. Please make checks out to "OVMEB" or "Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board".
3. Take and Pass the Oregon Jurisprudence Exam (JPE/RDT).
All applicants must pass the JPE/RDT. The JPE/RDT is a law exam based on the content of the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR). It is an open-book exam. Applicants must successfully complete the exam with a passing score of at least 95 percent, and the Regional Disease Test, with a passing score of 100 percent. The license application and Oregon Jurisprudence Exam/Regional Disease Test fee of $75.00.
4. Provide Proof of graduation from an accredited program.
A copy of a college diploma or a letter from the graduate's school verifying satisfactory graduation, or, if a graduate of an unaccredited foreign veterinary school certification of satisfactory completion of requirements of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG), or verification of completion of other foreign graduate equivalency programs approved by the Board.
It is the applicant's responsibility to request that proof of graduation be sent to the Board. Applicants are responsible for any fees that the school may charge for transcripts. An applicant may request their school send an electronic official transcript, if offered by the school. Please have the transcript send to the board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, graduates of an unaccredited veterinary school, must submit proof of completion of all requirements of the Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) program or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education (PAVE).
5. Take and Pass the National Exam.
If you have not yet taken the National Exam:
To register for the NAVLE, the candidate shall apply to the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME), www.nbvme.org or phone 701 224-0332.
All applications for the VTNE must be made directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB, www.aavsb.org).
If you have already taken the National Exam: If you are applying in Oregon and did not previously have your score report transferred to Oregon when you initially took the exam, or at any point subsequently, you must have your score transferred to Oregon directly from VIVA by going here.
6. Provide verification of all health care licenses ever held, if any.
You must provide official verification of all professional health care licenses you have ever held regardless of status (active, expired, inactive, and lapsed, etc.) and includes all relevant dates and notation of disciplinary actions, encumbrances, or other similar information. Please note: A copy of your license(s) is not a verification.
The Board will accept a copy of an official online verification from other states only if the other state's verification document printed from their website states it is “Primary Source". You may print the verification and send it with your application. If the other state's online verification website does not state “Primary Source", you will need to contact that Board to request they send verification directly to the Oregon Board.
Verifications cannot be more than 90 days old at the time the Oregon Board issues the license.
To register your Facility online:
- The Managing Veterinarian must log on to their personal portal
- Click on Facility Application
- Click on New Application
- Print a copy of the application and submit the signed certification and completed, signed pharmacy self-inspection checklist.
Information on Veterinary Facility rules can be found here
New Facility Application with pharmacy self-inspection checklist