About ICVA

The International Council for Veterinary Assessment, formerly the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (NBVME), is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)3 mission-driven organization. The ICVA develops the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), the NAVLE Self-Assessments, the Veterinary Educational Assessment (VEA), and the Species Specific Examinations. These examinations are used by states, territories, and dependencies of the United States, or provinces of Canada, as part of their licensing procedure for veterinarians.

Along with operating and maintaining these examinations, ICVA conducts periodic job analyses to determine the knowledge and skills required for entry-level veterinarians; processes applications and fees for all NAVLE candidates; keeps abreast of new developments in professional licensure; and supports research projects designed to enhance and improve its examination programs.



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.


To read about our current Strategic Plan, please click here.


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 2018-2019

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