Colorado State University Student Pass Rate of Professional Veterinary Medical Exam Near National Average

Every year, students from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University take the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. The exam is a comprehensive assessment of how well students have absorbed the four-year curriculum required to become professional veterinarians.     

"This is a comprehensive licensing examination that covers material from all four years of our professional curriculum. The students essentially prepare for this exam for over three years, with a lot of additional studying and review sessions in the months preceding the exam," said Pete Hellyer, associate dean for the Professional Veterinary Medical Program in the college.

The last tests administered were in November 2007 and April 2008. Students who did not take the test or who did not pass the test in November were eligible to take the test in April. The class of 2008 had 136 Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine students take the exam, and 131 passed.

The Professional Veterinary Medicine class of 2008 had a pass rate of 96 percent, which is near the national pass rate of 97 percent. Last year, Colorado State’s class of 2007 had a pass rate of 97 percent.

Once students have passed the NAVLE, they are able to apply for a license to practice veterinary medicine in any state.  

"We are very proud of our graduating class, and this excellent pass rate reflects positively on their efforts as well as the Professional Veterinary Medicine curriculum at CSU," Hellyer said.

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