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Application Process

To apply for the PAVE Program, you must complete the online application AND you must submit hard copy documentation to be received by the posted deadline date.

Applications are accepted during designated application windows. Please pay attention to the deadlines.  No late applications will be accepted, and applications must be complete by the deadline. Applications are considered incomplete until all required documents have been received.

  • Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted forms of payment.
  • The initial fee (application fee + Qualifying Science Examination fee) must be paid in full, at the time of application.


2016-2017 Qualifying Science Examination Dates

Examination Date Application Window Application Deadline
Jan 18, 2017 Sept 1-30, 2016 CLOSED
May 10, 2017 Jan 3-31, 2017 CLOSED
Sept 13, 2017 May 1-31, 2017 May 31, 2017


Apply Online

The PAVE application window for the May 10, 2017 QSE application window is open January 3 - 31. All required documents must be received at the AAVSB office by the January 31st deadline.

The QSE application for the May 10, 2017 exam is now closed.

Initial Fees
PAVE Application Fee
Qualifying Science Examination Fee

Submitting Required Documentation

After submitting your application online, you must mail the required documentation. Documents do not have to arrive together. ALL documents required for application to the PAVE Program must be RECEIVED by the posted application deadline. The AAVSB requests potential PAVE candidates send an email with contact information to when documents are being sent and when the candidate expects to apply for the PAVE program.

Mail all application documents to:

PAVE Program
380 W. 22nd Street, Suite 101
Kansas City, MO 64108

Required documents for ALL applicants:
1. An original or certified copy of your birth certificate or a notarized copy of your passport.
2. An Affidavit for Release of Information. Click here to print the Affidavit for Release of Information (pdf).
3. Documentation of successful completion of the TOEFL examination or the IELTS examination, OR documentation that English was the primary language of instruction at your high school (grades 9-12). Click here for more information on PAVE's English proficiency requirements.
4. If graduated: Official proof of veterinary degree or qualification from a veterinary school.
5. If graduated: Official final veterinary transcripts sent DIRECTLY from the veterinary school.
6. If currently enrolled: submit a letter from the Dean or Principal indicating your academic standing and the anticipated date of your graduation.
7. If currently enrolled: submit an unofficial transcript or grade report detailing courses and grades from each veterinary school attended.
Required documents IF APPLICABLE:
8. A notarized copy of your marriage license or a notarized copy of your divorce decree or a notarized copy of your name-change document (if your name is different from your passport or birth certificate).

Any document (including all seals and/or stamps) not in English must be prepared and certified by a professional translation service. Candidates are required to submit original documents in addition to the certified translations.

The AAVSB refers to the AVMA Listed Veterinary Colleges of the World (pdf) which includes all schools that were listed by the World Health Organization in its 1991 World Veterinary Directory and in the 1983 Pan American Health Organization publication, Diagnosis of Animal Health in the Americas. Additional schools are listed here only after correspondence with the national government ensures that the school is officially recognized by that government as a professional school of veterinary medicine and its graduates are qualified to practice veterinary medicine within that country.


Applying for Special Accommodations

If you are a candidate with a documented disability covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act of 2008 (ADAAA 2008) wanting to test with special accommodations, you must complete the request form below. Supporting documentation must be provided prior to, or at the time of, submission of your PAVE application. Requests for accommodations will not be accepted after the deadline date.

It takes time to review the documentation necessary to approve test accommodations, so submitting your application and accommodation materials early is encouraged. This allows time for you to submit any additionally requested documentation necessary for approval of your request, prior to the application deadline date. All requests for accommodations must be approved by AAVSB and the NBVME.

Click Here to print the Request Form for Special Accommodations (PDF)

Submit the required documents by mail to the following address:

PAVE Program
380 W. 22nd Street, Suite 101
Kansas City, MO 64108

Applying for a Retake

If you do not pass the Qualifying Science Examination, you may apply for a retake by completing the online application during the appropriate application window. You do not need to re-submit any of the required documentation unless your academic standing or anticipated graduation date has changed.

Please be aware of the PAVE Exam Administration Policy before you apply to retake the QSE. It can be viewed on the PAVE Standards and Policies page.


Candidate Handbook

The Qualifying Science Examination Candidate Handbook is available on this website in PDF version.

Click here to download and print the PDF version of the Candidate Handbook.


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