The evaluated clinical experience (ECE) is for currently enrolled students or veterinary
graduates from non-accredited veterinary schools. The ECE may be completed pre- or post-graduation.
You are enrolled in an AVMA-accredited veterinary college or university to
complete the same clinical rotations as regularly enrolled students. The host veterinary
school agrees to evaluate the PAVE candidates the same as regular students and provide the
program with grade reports and verification forms.
candidates must provide the following information submitted directly from the university
before beginning clinical rotations:
Copy of the acceptance letter from the university; and
For the ECE to count toward the PAVE requirement for clinical proficiency, you must pass
prior to the start of your first clinical rotation.
Apply for the ECE
You are responsible for setting up your ECE. You will apply directly to the college
or university of your choice, and pay the enrollment fees directly to that institution.
Enrollment fees are set by each institution, so they vary from school to school.
Fees are typically comparable to out-of-state tuition.
You may approach any AVMA-accredited college or university regarding the ECE.
Refer to the veterinary school's admission policies for VISA requirements.
To ensure compliance with the requisite PAVE criteria, if you wish to complete
an evaluated clinical experience at an accredited veterinary school or college,
you must submit an acknowledgement form directly from the host school to the PAVE
Program in advance of beginning the evaluated clinical experience.
Read the PAVE Standards and Policies found in
for specific guidelines for the ECE.