School Accreditation

AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only six veterinary schools currently accredited by the AVMA in Europe. As a result, graduates from the UCD programme can receive a license to practice veterinary medicine in the US or Canada without having to complete a special ‘foreign graduates’ exam.

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education. Full reaccreditation was awarded after a site visit in January 2014 and the next visitation will be in 2021.

NAVLE Pass Rates

The North American Veterinary Licensing Exam or NAVLE is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America. Senior students and recent graduates of AVMA-accredited veterinary colleges must pass the NAVLE in order to gain licensure. The NAVLE is comprised of 360 clinically relevant multiple-choice questions and is administered as a computer-based examination throughout North America and at certain overseas sites during a four week testing window in November/December, and a two week window in April. The AVMA Council on Education current required pass rate is 80%. 


UCD Full YearNumber NAVLE CandidatesNumber Passing% PassingNumber Conferring
2009 - 2010 29 24 86 75
2010 - 2011 25 24 96 68
2011 - 2012 27 26 96 74
2012 - 2013 56 49 88 93
2013 - 2014 57 52 91 104
2014 - 2015 63 56 89 110