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(1) A license to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Montana may be issued at the discretion of the board provided the applicant meets all of the following requirements:

(a) The candidate has graduated from and holds a degree from a school of veterinary medicine accredited or approved by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education as evidenced by a certified copy of the transcript sent directly from the veterinary school. Graduates of foreign veterinary schools not approved by the AVMA Council on Education shall have completed the requirements of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Education Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or the Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE).

(b) The candidate has passed:

(i) the NAVLE at or above the designated passing standard established by the national examination entity as approved by the board;

(ii) the National Board Examination and the Clinical Competency Test with a converted score of 70 or greater as received by the board from the official score reporting agency; or

(iii) the National Board Examination with a converted score of 70 or greater and has been licensed on the basis of a competency (not jurisprudence) examination by a veterinary board under the laws of another state of the United States or a Canadian province.

(c) The candidate holds a valid and unrestricted license to practice veterinary medicine in another state or jurisdiction, and has been actively in practice for three of the five years immediately preceding the date of application to Montana. Official written verification of such licensure status must be received by the board directly from the other states or jurisdictions.

(d) The candidate provides a work history of all employment, concurrent as well as consecutive, starting at the date of application and working back to graduation.

(e) The candidate provides three good moral character attestations from veterinarians.

(f) The candidate has completed and filed with the board an application for licensure and the required application fee.

(g) The candidate has passed a jurisprudence examination prepared to measure the competence of the applicant regarding the statutes and rules governing the practice of veterinary medicine in Montana with a score of 90 percent or greater. If the candidate fails the jurisprudence examination twice, the candidate must appear before the board prior to taking it a third time.

(2) An application for endorsement shall expire 18 months from the date of receipt of the application.

History: 37-1-131, 37-18-202, MCA; IMP, 37-1-304, 37-18-302, MCA; NEW, 1995 MAR p. 2800, Eff. 12/22/95; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 2579, Eff. 10/4/96; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 2303, Eff. 8/25/00; AMD, 2002 MAR p. 1984, Eff. 7/26/02; AMD, 2004 MAR p. 327, Eff. 2/13/04; TRANS, from Commerce, 2005 MAR p. 323; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 766, Eff. 3/24/06; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 633, Eff. 4/11/08; AMD, 2009 MAR p. 2483, Eff. 12/25/09.

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