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Qualifying Examination

The Qualifying Examination (QE) was designed and developed exclusively for the PAVE Program. It is intended to assess basic veterinary science knowledge of international veterinary graduates.The QE is Step 3 of the PAVE Program, and must be passed before proceeding to the next step - Clinical Proficiency.


Examination Content

  • 300 items
  • web-based delivery
  • multiple choice

Next QE Date:

September 17, 2009

Application Deadline for the September QE:

July 2, 2009


Five broad content areas are represented:

  1. anatomy
  2. physiology
  3. pharmacology
  4. microbiology
  5. pathology

Application Fees

PAVE Application Fee: $250

Qualifying Examination Fee: $800


Important QE Information

The QE is offered three times per year, in January, May and September. The online application will be available one month prior to the application deadline.

2009-2010 Qualifying Examination Dates
(dates are subject to change)

Examination Date Application Window Application Deadline
May 14, 2009 Jan 26--Feb 27, 2009 PASSED
September 17, 2009 June 1--July 2, 2009 July 2, 2009
January 21, 2010 Sept 28--Oct 30, 2009 October 30, 2009
May 13, 2010 Jan 25--Feb 26, 2010 February 26, 2010

Candidates for Pathway 1 of PAVE certification must pass the QE before they begin their 4th year of veterinary school (IF they want to use their 4th year to count towards the clinical requirement of PAVE).

If candidates have already graduated from an unaccredited vet school or are currently in their clinics at an accredited veterinary college, they may take Pathway 2 of the PAVE Program, which requires passing the Veterinary Clinical Skills Assessment (VCSA) following the successful completion of the QE.

To find the appropriate contact or organization to answer your questions, click Contact Info for QE Questions