A high percentage of students from the WesternU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Class of 2012 passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) on their first attempt.

In CVM’s Class of 2012, 83 of 87 students passed the NAVLE, scoring a pass rate of 95 percent. The first-time test takers NAVLE pass rate for all U.S. veterinary colleges was 93 percent.

“We expect our students to perform well on the NAVLE,” said College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD. “The fact that this year’s class met the expectations of our faculty is another validation of the quality of our program, as well as the talent and skills of the individuals in this class, who have worked hard and diligently for their impending degree. I would like to express my appreciation to the faculty and staff for their guiding contributions to the development of this class, and my congratulations to the Class of 2012.”

Those who did not pass the exam can retake it in April. The class is set to graduate in May.

CVM students exceeded the national pass rate for first-time takers for the second consecutive year.

The NAVLE is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America. The NAVLE consists of 360 clinically relevant multiple-choice questions.

Each senior veterinary medical student first passes the NAVLE in order to be a licensed practicing veterinarian. After passing this exam, students then take a state exam in the state they wish to become licensed.