The International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA) is a world leader in veterinary assessments. Our tests, including the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), are administered in 68 countries. At ICVA we collaborate with stakeholders in academia, licensing boards and practicing veterinarians to ensure our tools can effectively assess the knowledge and skills required for veterinary practice. Our passion for developing high-quality products strengthens our commitment to providing world-class examinations and other assessment tools to protect the public, and animal health and welfare.


The world leader in veterinary assessments.


Provide world-class examinations and other assessment tools to protect the public, and animal health and welfare.

Provide leadership and facilitate collaboration throughout veterinary medicine.

ICVA's current Strategic Plan.


ICVA encourages its staff, volunteers, stakeholders, and directors to view, evaluate, and treat all persons in any professional activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.

ICVA confronts and addresses all forms of prejudice and discrimination by its staff, volunteers, stakeholders, and directors that have led to misunderstanding, hostility and injustice in the work of the ICVA. These include, but are not limited to, those based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, religious beliefs, military or veteran status, political beliefs, geographic, socioeconomic, and educational background and any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, provincial or territorial law.


ICVA Staff

Current ICVA staff

Board of Directors

The ICVA Board of Directors consists of 13 directors, each designated by one on the ICVA's constituent organizations (AAVSB, AAVMC, AVMA COE, and the CNEB), and five at large directors. Directors serve three-year terms, and can serve a maximum of three terms. Terms begin at the close of the ICVA's summer meeting.

The Executive Committee is composed of the ICVA BOD officers (Chair, Chair-Elect, Immediate Past Chair, and Secretary-Treasurer), who serve one-year terms in office. The Board hires a CEO, who serves as the administrative officer of the ICVA.

ICVA Board of Directors 2021-2022

Assessment Development Committee

Members of the ICVA's Assessment Development Committee (ADC) are responsible for the main content areas of the NAVLE. Their duties include selecting and appointing NAVLE item writers each year and participating in item and form review meetings. Members are appointed by the ICVA to three-year terms and may serve for a maximum of three terms.

Current ADC members

ICVA Award

In 1999, the ICVA established an award to recognize people who have made significant personal contributions to the national examination program. Eleven awards have been presented to date.

The 2015 ICVA award was given to Peter Scoles, MD.

The NBVME Board of Directors voted unanimously to present this prestigious award to Dr. Scoles in recognition of his tireless efforts promoting the best interests for veterinary medicine and the NBVME. He lead the NBME team responsible for the design and implementation of the NBME/NBVME Collaboration for Veterinary Assessments. An avid sailor, Dr. Scoles received a Morris yacht jacket in addition to a plaque.

Previous recipients of the ICVA Award