For veterinarians seeking veterinary licensure in North America

Veterinarians who have qualified in schools without AAVSB accreditation, and who wish to obtain veterinary licensure in the USA, have certain requirements to fulfill.

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards’ site has a guide to the steps involved, with links to the resources you’ll need, requirements, checklists and application deadline dates:

A major element of the PAVE route to licensure is the Evaluated Clinical Experience (ECE) – this comprises a full academic year alongside final year veterinary students at an accredited veterinary school. ECE candidates follow the same rotations and are evaluated in the same way as these students. Penn Vet is pleased to be able to offer ECE places each year.

Penn Vet Evaluated Clinical Year: Program Overview

Founded in 1884, the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania – Penn Vet – is one of the world’s premier veterinary schools. You can find out more about Penn Vet’s mission, and its history here.

To be considered for the next academic year, 2024-2025, your application should reach us by August 1, 2023. To apply, please follow the steps set out here.

Candidates will be based at the main campus, the Ryan Hospital, in the heart of the city of Philadelphia, home to the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution. There will also be clinical rotations at the 700-acre large animal facility, New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, PA.

Penn Vet students interact with clinicians, patients and owners, and are required to participate in out-of-hours cover.

You’ll find more information about the ECE at Penn Vet in our FAQs. We are also happy to answer any specific questions you have.