Licensing Overview

LICENSING FEES: Please click here to download a copy of the fee schedule.  


The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TBVME) issues the following licenses: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), and Equine Dental Provider (EDP).
State Board Exam (SBE) Information:

Applicants must pass the State Board Exam prior to becoming licensed in Texas. The SBE includes jurisprudence questions related to the Veterinary Licensing Act (laws), Licensing Rules (Chapter 571) and Rules of Professional Conduct (Chapter 573).
You may start the license application process online at any time and begin to upload documents, request other documents from their issuing entity and get your fingerprints done at IdentoGo (Click here for fingerprinting info).


Once we’ve determined that your application is complete, you will be emailed your Applicant ID along with instructions on how to schedule and take your SBE. You may then take the exam online, at a time and place of your choosing. Your license will be issued within 7 business days after we receive your passing score. **Applicants requiring ADA accommodations to take the test, click here for the request form.


Chapter 571 Licensing

Chapter 573 Rules of Professional Conduct

Chapter 575 Practice and Procedure

Chapter 577 General Administration and Duties


Application Processing Time:

Processing time varies for each application, depending largely upon how quickly the applicant moves to provide us with all of the required documents. This could range from a few days to a few weeks or more. We will let you know if your online application is missing required information. Please check your email (regular and spam) for information from a licensing staff member. If we don't have an email address for you, we will call you. Once all documents are received and your application plus testing/scoring is complete, the time to license issuance is 1-7 business days.

License Renewals:

A reminder card will be sent to your mailing address on file at least 30 days before your expiration date, but it is ultimately your responsibility to renew your license on time. For faster processing, it is recommended that you use the online system to renew your license. It is against state law to practice veterinary medicine with an expired license. If you wish to renew your license by mail instead of online, please request a paper renewal form by emailing your request to: or call 512-305-7555.

Is your contact information current?

In order to serve you better, we must have your correct home, practice, and mailing addresses in our system. You may use a P.O. Box for your mailing address, but we must have your physical home address as well. If your contact information isn't current in our system, please complete and submit the contact information change form found here.  You are required to provide the Board with your new address or employment information within 60 days of a change.

Helpful Links

DVM License Information
LVT License Information
EDP License Information
Licensing Forms