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Oklahoma State University PAVE Program - Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences


The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences offers a one-year clinical program for up to five PAVE students three times per year beginning in January, May, and September.  The program will help students to increase their veterinary knowledge and improve their technical and clinical skills by requiring specific goals and outcomes for each rotation. In addition, students will improve their communication skills relating to veterinary medical terminology and develop client communication skills. Most importantly, students will become familiar with the veterinary profession in North America. 


More information on theProgram for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE).


Before you apply, read through the entire program information.                      


PAVE Program Information

The current fourth year PAVE program is 52 weeks, which includes two weeks of clinic orientation and two weeks of vacation. The actual program is 48 weeks.  This is a non-degree seeking program and does not qualify for financial aid.  Applicants will not be eligible for the program until all requested documents and the $100 application fee have been received. Applicants who do not meet the following requirements will not be considered and need not apply.


The current fourth year PAVE program is 52 weeks, which includes two weeks of clinic orientation and two weeks of vacation. The actual program is 48 weeks.  This is a non-degree seeking program and does not qualify for financial aid.  Applicants will not be eligible for the program until all requested documents and the $100 application fee have been received.  


Candidates are not eligible for employment during completion of their program.


What Are The Requirements?
  • Must have graduated from a recognized school of veterinary medicine within the past 10 years.
  • Must have passed the PAVE Qualifying Skills Exam (QSE) with a score of 450 or above.
  • Must be a permanent resident or a United States citizen or possess the appropriate Visa (F1 student Visa) to remain in the United States.
  • Applicant must request the AAVSB (American Association of Veterinary State Boards) to email a letter to us verifying your enrollment status. Letter should be sent via email directly from PAVE to
    • Applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English and must submit documentation of either a current TOEFL or IELTS score (within the past two years). A personal phone interview may be requested.
  • The applicant must provide copies (no original documents) of official documentation (accompanied by English translation when in language other than English) for the following documents.
    • A copy of the transcript and the veterinary diploma from the university granting the veterinary degree in English translation if necessary.
Additional Required Documents.
  • Copy of current Visa/passport
  • Copy of US social security card (if applicable)
  • Copy of English exam score: TOEFL or IELTS (TOEFL ≥ 96) (IELTS ≥ Band 5)
  • Copy of QSE score  (450 or above)
  • Copy of NAVLE score (if completed)
  • Copy of veterinary diploma in English translation
  • Copy of transcript of grades from veterinary school in English translation and explanation of point grading system.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Letter of intent (handwritten)
  • Letter from PAVE verifying your enrollment status. Request AAVSB to email the letter directly to
How Do I Apply?
  1. Submit the online PAVE Program Application.
  2. Mail the non-refundable application fee of $100 and the additional documents to the OSU Veterinary Clinical Sciences address below.  Check or money order payments should be made payable to OSU Veterinary Clinical Sciences.  Applications will not be eligible for consideration until the application fee and all the requested information has been received.
  1. In lieu of a check or money order, you may submit your deposit fee through wire transfer via Convera. Visit the OSU Bursar  website and scroll to the section for International Payments FAQ.
  • Step 1 - Scroll down to “How to initiate a Convera payment and select International Payment. You will be asked to enter your Banner ID.  Because you do not have a Banner ID, enter 999999999 (9 of them).  You must complete the transfer within 72 hours.
  • Follow the rest of the instructions Steps 2 and 3 to complete the transfer. Please confirm via email if you pay through Convera and when you submit your payment. Include a copy of your reference# in the email.

Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences PAVE Program

Academic Center

2115 W Farm Road

Stillwater, OK 74078-2041



Email Address:

Contact: (405) 744-8468


Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the PAVE Program is $52,500 for 48 weeks.  PAVE students are billed in two half payments. The first payment will be billed on the first day of the official program start date and the second payment will be billed beginning the 25th week of the program. Payment is due within 30 days of the time of billing. Students should plan for living expenses of approximately $22,000 in addition to tuition fees.

  • Should the student withdraw or be dismissed before completing four rotations in either half, a refund will be made less any completed rotations and the $500 non-refundable deposit.
  • Advancement and completion of the program requires that a passing grade be obtained for all rotations. Failure of a rotation will require the rotation to be successfully repeated.
  • Students will be allowed to repeat up to a maximum of two rotations. Failing a repeat rotation will result in an automatic dismissal of the program.
  • Failure of a 3rd rotation will result in automatic dismissal of the program.
  • If a student is dismissed from the program, he/she will not be eligible for re-entry into the program.
What is the Acceptance Process?

Applicants selected to participate in the PAVE Program will be notified via email and will receive a letter of offer at least 6 months in advance of the start of their program.  Once selected and you accept the position, you will receive a letter of offer and the I-20 document if a visa is required.  At that time, before an account is set up and before we process the I-20 document, the non-refundable $500 tuition deposit fee must be received. The deposit fee is applied towards the student’s tuition.


The process to pay the $500 deposit fee is the same process as submission of the application fee.  Please refer to the section “How do I apply” #’s 2 and 3.  Once the deposit fee and I-20 documents are received, a request will be made to OSU Immigration Services to process the I-20. Applicants completing the 48-week program are eligible to apply for OPT to allow the student to remain in the US to work for an additional year on the F1 Visa.  Applicants are responsible for all visa expenses.


Students accepted into the Program are not enrolled through the Registrar’s Office the same as traditional OSU students but are enrolled via contract between the student and the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.  The program functions under the direction of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Assistant Dean.  Do NOT send information to the OSU Registrar’s Office.


If I'm Accepted, What Additional Information Will Be Required?
  • Documentation of rabies vaccinations or rabies titer within the past two years.
  • Verification of immunizations: Complete the immunization form and email to
  • Students holding an F1 Visa are required to obtain student health insurance offered through OSU during their clinical year program.  International Student Benefits
  • Professional Liability Insurance: Students will be required to obtain their own professional liability insurance through the AVMA and must first enroll as a professional member.  
What Supplies Will I Need?
  • laptop
  • 5½” bandage scissors
  • 7½” bandage scissors
  • 5½” Kelly forceps
  • 5½” suture scissors
  • Penlight
  • Veterinary pleximeter
  • Stethoscope
  • Scrubs (any plain color, no embroidery)
  • Gray polo shirts (no name on shirt) and long white lab coat, (length of lab coat is midway between hips and knees). Students can purchase locally upon arrival in Stillwater.

For information on housing, use the following resources:

PAVE Program Forms and Certificate
  • The PAVE Acknowledgement Form will be sent to AAVSB before the student begins the official program.
  • The PAVE Completion Form and a student grade report will be sent to AAVSB when the student completes the program.
  • A certificate from OSU and a grade report will be awarded to each PAVE student upon successful completion of the program.
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