Veterinary medicine graduating class get 100% pass rate


UCVM Students receive 100 % pass rate

The first class of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) received a 100 per cent pass rate on their first attempt at the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), beating the typical first-time pass rate of 90-95 per cent. UCVM students scored well above the North American average, with scores about eight to 10 per cent higher in all categories.

The NAVLE is a knowledge-based examination that students have to pass in order to be eligible to be licensed as a veterinarian anywhere in North America. The student success on the NAVLE is also used in the accreditation process—a global pass rate of 80 per cent is required to remain an accredited veterinary college.

“We are proud of these results as a faculty and impressed by the commitment and accomplishments of our students,” says the dean of veterinary medicine, Alastair Cribb. “Success on the NAVLE is one of the objective measures of the quality of a program, although there are many other important outcomes as well.”

The veterinary medicine program is the only one of its kind in the world, and takes the best elements from many different programs. The core Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program prepares students for multi-species rural practice, while the area of emphasis programming provides advanced opportunities in production animal health, equine health, investigative medicine, and ecosystem and public health. The program emphasizes the comparative medicine foundation of veterinary medicine and ensures that the students have a solid foundation across the range of dominant species in veterinary medicine: cattle, horses, dogs, cats, small ruminants and exotics.

The curriculum is designed to integrate the foundational science with the clinical, professional and research skills necessary for life-long learning and success. The goal is to prepare a student able to adapt and contribute to current and future changes in the profession—a veterinarian that will serve society, serve clients and their animals, and serve the profession.

The fact that UCVM’s first class has had a 100 per cent pass rate on the NAVLE is a reflection of the students in the program, the faculty and staff delivering the program and the program itself