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Undergraduate Course: NAVLE Prep (BVMS10041)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis elective course can be accessed at any time during the BVM&S curriculum to explore the benefits and logistics of sitting the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. The NAVLE is required for any veterinary surgeon seeking to work in North America.
Course description Provide an academic description, an outline of the content covered by the course and a description of the learning experience students can expect to get.

This course aims to centralise information and student support for NAVLE exam preparation. Low level engagement will introduce the benefits of taking the NAVLE to students and help elucidate career progression opportunities.

eg pre-recorded introductory lecture, summarised guide, links to external resources)

With regular engagement in this course, students will be able to access resource lists, pre-recorded topical lectures and organised tutorials. This, combined with the formal curriculum as taught, will prepare students to take the NAVLE examination without need to pay for external proprietary study programmes.

Higher level interaction through the use of the discussion board, blogs, journals and self/peer assessments will deepen the NAVLE support community, strengthen independent learning and development and encourage cross-cultural communication.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents joining the R(D)SVS for Final Year Rotations Only
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) As a 0 credit course, there will be no linked assessments. One external assessment will be funded by the R(D)SVS for each student applying to take the NAVLE exam. This external assessment will act as a practice examination providing students with immediate feedback on strengths and weaknesses as well as providing a fairly accurate predicted score.
Feedback Once completing the external NAVLE examination, students can opt to share their score reports with the university. This breakdown of performance allows for an audit of the curriculum as taught compared to additional resource material supplemented through the NAVLE prep site. Students are feedback on previous years¿ performance in order to formulate a bespoke engagement and revision strategy.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify diseases and scenarios specific to veterinary medicine in North America.
  2. Compare and contrast differences a practising vet must be aware of in North America versus the UK
  3. Use and analyse given data to be able to calculate sensitivity, specificity, business productivity and costs and evaluate normal vs abnormal ranges.
Reading List
A reading/resource list, which will be used for this proposed course, already exists on the LEARN NAVLE page. A sample of this is below:

Essential Online Resources

Regional licensing boards

These are a great place to check for state/province specific information and requirements. Many of these will have sample tests as well. You may also want to research the veterinary medical association and vet school websites of the locale you wish to register.

Student Services | AAVSB

Merck/MSD Manual Online

Recommended Online Resources


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Veterinary Clinics of North America

This publication is a great series of easily digestible and frequently updated information. Every year, the R(D)SVS receives a NAVLE score analysis and this helps us identify those subject areas in which students perform the weakest. Based on this, we recommend reviewing the following topics/systems:






Special Senses


Infectious disease

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Government websites

US Drug Enforcement Agency

Drugs of Abuse, A DEA resource guide m/files/publications/Drugs%20of%20Abuse%202020- Web%20Version-508%20compliant.pdf

DEA Practitioner¿s Manual

US Food and Drug Administration

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Engagement in this elective open ended course will expose students to further opportunities to practice clinical and professional veterinary problem solving skills (1,2). Multiple resources in varying formats are provided for self-study (1,5) which encourage application of knowledge (4,5). These include navigating difficult conversations and analysing numerical data (4, 7).

Enquiry and lifelong learning

Aspiration and personal development

Outlook and engagement

Research and enquiry

Personal and intellectual autonomy

Personal effectiveness

KeywordsNorth American Veterinary Licensing Examination,NAVLE,external licensure,international work,int
Course organiserMrs Bronwyn Koterwas
Tel: (0131 6)50 7650
Course secretaryMiss Carole-Anne Marshall
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