PAVE was designed to evaluate the education equivalence of foreign veterinary graduates (graduates of non-accredited veterinary programs outside the US and Canada) on behalf of participating AAVSB Member Boards.
The AAVSB announced the development of the Qualifying Science Examination (QSE) to the Member Boards in September 2013. The Qualifying Science Examination (QSE) replaced the Qualifying Examination (QE). The first QSE will be administered September 2014. The web-based exam is given in three testing windows a year and is constantly updated, reviewed and reevaluated by highly-qualified item writers so that it remains a valid tool.
Recognition by Jurisdictions
Ohio is the 43rd jurisdiction to accept PAVE! Click here for the complete PAVE recognition list.
Effective September 29, 2015, 41 states / territories in the U.S. and two countries (Australia and New Zealand) recognize PAVE. AAVSB is dedicated to promoting the PAVE program, and works continuously to see PAVE recognized in more and more jurisdictions. Please check this website regularly for updates to the list of jurisdictions who accept the PAVE credential as meeting the education component of their licensure requirements.
Complete PAVE Recognition List (PDF) Updated October 2015
If you are pursuing licensure in a state that does not accept PAVE, we encourage you to be proactive in contacting your state veterinary board to inquire on the current PAVE status.
MyAAVSB for PAVE Candidates
PAVE candidates will have the option to create a MyAAVSB account at the end of the online application. THIS IS NOT REQUIRED.
Q: What will my MyAAVSB account provide for me?
A: The feature allows you to view your application status and update much of your personal information, as well as shorten the application process for future services.
Q: I've lost my password - how do I get it back?
A: Click the "Forgot Password?" link on the AAVSB website and enter your email address. A link to reset your password will be emailed to you within 24 hours.
PAVE Contact Info
1.816.931.1504, ext. 226