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The practice of veterinary medicine includes the diagnosis and treatment (including prescriptions and surgery) of all animal disease. "Animal" includes every living creature except humans.

Licensing Requirements:

Any use of the title "Veterinarian" or practice of veterinary medicine in New York State requires licensure. However, under specified limitations defined in Section 6705 of the New York State Education Law you may be exempt from licensure.

To be licensed as a veterinarian in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age; and
  • meet education, examination, and experience requirements.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Article 135, section 6704 of New York's Education Law and Part 62 of the Commissioner's Regulations.

Education Requirements:

To satisfy the education requirements for licensure as a veterinarian, you must present evidence of both A and B below.

  1. Pre-professional Education
    • Satisfactory completion of at least 60 semester hours of college study from a NYS registered program or the equivalent as determined by the New York State Education Department. The pre-professional education must include courses in general chemistry, organic chemistry and biology or zoology. Form 2PPE - Certification of Pre-Professional Education must be submitted directly by the college you attended prior to your veterinary studies.
  2. Professional Education
    • Satisfactory completion of a professional program in veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) or approved by the Department. The educational program must consist of four years of college study (or its equivalent), including an acceptable year of clinical training, and must lead to the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or its equivalent. Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education must be submitted directly by the professional school you attended.
    • Graduates of unaccredited veterinary medicine programs must present evidence of acceptable clinical education equivalent in length and content to that found in an accredited program leading to the doctoral degree in veterinary medicine. Acceptable clinical education can be documented by such evidence as:
      • residency or internship at a school with an American Veterinary Medicine Association-accredited veterinary medicine program;
      • certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates. (Verification of any such certification should be forwarded by the AVMA to the Department.); or
      • completion of clinical education prescribed in a formal agreement between an unaccredited veterinary school and an accredited veterinary medicine program, which assures equivalency in length and content to the clinical training received by students in the accredited program.

    • Form 2CT - Certification of Clinical Training must be submitted directly by the institution where you received your clinical education

Examination Requirements:

The current examination required for licensure is the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE). In addition to the NAVLE, the examination offered prior to November 2000 may be accepted. Applicants who have passed the National Board Examination (NBE) and Clinical Competency Test (CCT) by New York State standards will meet the examination requirement for licensure. Scores for both examinations may be transferred to the New York State Education Department by contacting the Veterinary Information Verifying Agency (VIVA) at

Fees (As of November 3, 2016)

  • The fee for licensure is $372.
  • The fee for a limited permit is $105.

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 382 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 414 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2016, there were 6,527 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Veterinary Medicine Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817, ext. 250
Fax: 518-402-5354

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1131 - Veterinarians
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Additional Information:

American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Phone: (800) 248-2862
Fax: (847) 925-1329


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/23/16.

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