1Why was a new look and name needed?
Through research, we discovered that while the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination—the NAVLE—is widely known, most people in the veterinary field don’t know the organization behind it, or all we do to support veterinary
medicine. For example, we also provide the Veterinary Educational Assessment for use by veterinary schools, NAVLE Self-Assessments to help students prepare for the NAVLE and Species Specific Examinations for use by state
and provincial boards. And we conduct ongoing outreach with schools, educators and licensing boards, maintaining an open dialogue about their needs and our services. We felt that a rebranding would give us the opportunity
to communicate all that we do.
2Why the change from “National” to “International”?
Because our board includes members from Canada, we were already an international organization, making “national” something of a misnomer. The NAVLE is administered in 24 countries around the globe; in some of those countries, the examination may be accepted as part of their licensure process. International graduates must also take the NAVLE if they intend to practice in North America. Some international veterinary schools also administer our Veterinary Educational Assessment to evaluate student progress. Adding “International” to our name merely acknowledges the scope of what we already do as an organization.
3Will the rebranding change how the NAVLE is developed and administered?
No. As always, we conduct a practice analysis every five years, surveying veterinarians from across veterinary medicine in North America to determine and update the basic knowledge, skills and competencies needed for entry-level clinical practice. But the analysis isn’t related to the rebranding. We do it because we all have a vested interest in keeping veterinary medicine strong.
4Are other changes happening as part of the rebrand?
Not directly. As with all organizations, we continually evolve to keep pace with challenges and advancements in our profession. What will never change is our ongoing commitment to helping veterinary medicine to protect human and animal health and welfare.
5When will I see the new brand and name come to life?
The rebrand will start rolling out in late-November. You will see it first in emails, newsletters and presentations. Eventually, you will see it in a website refresh and in the NAVLE.
6You say the organization is far more than the NAVLE. Where can I learn more about what it does and the support it provides?
Our website has excellent information about all we do to support veterinarians and veterinary medicine. Visit us at icva.net