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License Information

Applicants for licensing in the State of West Virginia are required to meet the criteria set forth in the Veterinary Law and Rules.  Each applicant must submit a completed application to the Board and must pass the WV State Jurisprudence Exam.

License Types

Active

License is active and veterinarian is in good standing.

Inactive

A license that has been placed in inactive status.

Expired

A license that has not been renewed.

Temporary Emergency License

A temporary license for WV State of Emergencies.

Types of Licenses with Disciplinary Action

Probationary

License is on probation for a specific period of time as ordered by a Consent Agreement/Final Order with the Board.

Suspended

License is on suspension for a specific period of time as ordered by a Consent Agreement/ Final Order with the Board.

Revoked

License is revoked by a Final Order with the Board.

License Renewals

Licenses are renewed each calendar year and are due by December 31.  Renewals submitted after December 31 require payment of a late fee. Online renewals are available from October 1 – February 15.  If you do not wish to renew online, you may submit your renewal form to the Board office.

Expired Up to 1 Year After Date of Expiration 

An expired up to 1 year after date of expiration may be reinstated by completing and providing the following:

  • Renewal form and fees
  • Name Change –birth name differs from current name
    • Marriage License – certified copy (photocopies will not be accepted)
    • Divorce Decree – certified copy (photocopies will not be accepted
  • Continuing Education - If the CE requirement is not met, you must make application for a new registration.
    • Proof of having met the continuing education requirement in a Board approved program for the previous year.

Expired after 1 Year From Date of Expiration 

An expired after 1 year from date of expiration may be reinstated by completing and providing the following:

  • Renewal form and fees
  • Name Change –birth name differs from current name
    • Marriage License – certified copy (photocopies will not be accepted)
  • Divorce Decree – certified copy (photocopies will not be accepted)
  • Licensure Information (if applicable) – Verification of licensure from all jurisdictions where you now or have ever held a veterinary license. Must be submitted to the board directly from the licensing board.
  • Federal Criminal Background check – effective July 1, 2018 (NEW REQUIREMENT)
    • Contact the Board office for instructions.
    • Please be advised, the federal background check could take several weeks to process.  
  • WV State Jurisprudence Exam
    • Applicants must take and pass the online WV state jurisprudence exam for licensure.
      • If applicant cannot test on a computer, they may make an appointment to take the exam online in the Board office or at a location approved by the Board. 
    • Applicants are eligible to test once all required documents including a passing national score and fees are received. 
    • An email and letter will be sent to the applicant advising they are eligible to take the exam.
      • Applicants have 30 days from being notified by the Board of their eligibility to take the jurisprudence exam or their file will be closed. 
    • Jurisprudence exams taken October 1 – December 31 will have an expiration date for the next year. 
    • Special accommodations must be requested to the Board for approval. 
  • Continuing Education - If the CE requirement is not met, you must make application for a new registration.
    • Proof of having met the continuing education requirement in a Board approved program for each year the license has been expired, for a maximum of 2 years.
    • The board may require additional documentation of clinical competency and professional activities.  

Inactive

An inactive license may be reinstated by completing and providing the following:

  • Renewal form and fees
  • Name Change –birth name differs from current name
    • Marriage License – certified copy (photocopies will not be accepted)
    • Divorce Decree – certified copy (photocopies will not be accepted)
  • Continuing Education - If the CE requirement is not met, you must make application for a new registration.
    • Proof of having met the continuing education requirement in a Board approved program for each year the license has been inactive, for a maximum of 2 years.
    • The board may require additional documentation of clinical competency and professional activities.     
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