WesternU will host dozens of out-of-state veterinarians beginning March 17 for the next California Temporary Licensing Curriculum (CaTLC) course. It may be one of the final times that the CaTLC is offered.

The California Veterinary Medical Board is considering ending the CaTLC, accepting instead the results of the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE). The NAVLE, launched by the International Council for Veterinary Assessment in 2000, has been gaining the support of many states in recent years.

The CaTLC is a 27-hour, three-day course designed to meet the legal requirements of the California Curriculum as set forth by the Veterinary Practice Act for qualified veterinarians to obtain a permanent license in the state without taking the state board examination. Veterinarians who wish to gain a California license via reciprocity are required to attend the entire course in order to receive a certificate of completion, in addition to holding a valid license in another US state, territory, or Canadian province, passing the national licensing exam, and meeting all licensure requirements

The California Veterinary Medical Association will conduct an additional CaTLC on September 12-15 at a site in Northern California.