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PAVE and Clinical Program
The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma offers a one-year clinical program for PAVE students or a 30-week ECFVG clinical training program in preparation for the Clinical Proficiency Examination.
Both programs will help to increase your veterinary knowledge and improve your 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 veterinary profession in North America.
More Information on The Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (PAVE®).
More Information on The Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).
PAVE and Clinical Program Information
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- Must be a permanent resident or a United States citizen or possess the appropriate Visa (F1 student Visa) to remain in the United States.
- Must have graduated from a recognized school of veterinary medicine within the past
10 years and have passed the PAVE Qualifying Skills Exam (QSE) or Basic Clinical Skills
- View the directory of recognized AVMA schools
- Applicant must provide a letter from AAVSB (American Association of Veterinary State Boards) or ECFVG (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates). Send letter via email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applicants must be fluent in both written and spoken English.
- TOEFL – Required scores
- Reading 22
- Listening 22
- Speaking 26
- Writing 24
- TOEFL – Required scores
- The applicant must provide copies (no original documents) of official documentation
(accompanied by English translation when in language other than English) of the following
- A notarized copy of the transcript and the veterinary diploma from the university granting the veterinary degree in English translation if necessary.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from veterinarians familiar with applicant’s veterinary knowledge and skills preferably from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s clinical abilities through either work experience or volunteering of 20 hours or more per week under the supervision of North American educated veterinarians for one year or more. Recommendation letters should be mailed with other requested documents.
- Criteria for selection of applicants is based upon applicant’s exam scores to include QSE, TOEFL, NAVLE (if completed), transcript grades, work/volunteer experience, and letters of reference.
- A personal phone interview may be requested.
- Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will not be considered and need not apply
- Submit the online PAVE & Clinical Program Application.
- Send non-refundable application fee of $75 payable by check or money order to OSU Veterinary Clinical Sciences via mail.
- Send additional documents via mail along with application fee.
Additional Documents to Submit:
- Letter of intent (hand written)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of English exam scores: TOEFL, TSE, TWE
- Copy of current Visa/passport
- Copy of US social security card (if applicable)
- A letter from PAVE verifying enrollment and status.
- Copy of BCSE or QSE scores and NAVLE if completed
- Notarized copy of veterinary diploma in English translation
- Notarized copy of transcript of grades from veterinary school in English translation and Explanation of point grading system.
- Three letters of recommendation from veterinarians you have worked with through either work or volunteer experience or instructors at your DVM school.
Send additional documents and application fee to:
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
OSU College of Veterinary Medicine
2115 W Farm Road
Stillwater, OK 74078-2041
|Start Date||Application Deadline||Notification of Acceptance|
|Mid-January (Rotation 2)||July 1||July 15|
|Mid-May (Rotation 10)||November 1||November 15|
|Mid-September (Rotation 18)||March 1||March 15|
Applicants are notified via email of their acceptance into the program by receipt of the letter of offer with a deadline to submit a *non-refundable $500 deposit fee payable by check or money order to OSU Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and a letter of acceptance. Payment of the deposit fee is required by the due date provided in the letter of offer to the applicant. The deposit fee is applied toward tuition. In addition to the required deposit fee, if applicant is not a US citizen or permanent resident, applicant will need to obtain the F1 Visa by completing the I-20 document and provide proof of financial support during their program at OSU. This information must be returned with the deposit fee and the applicant’s letter of acceptance.
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 are responsible for all visa expenses. Applicants completing the 48-week program are eligible for the OPT Visa which allows the applicant to work for one year on a student visa toward getting practical training to complement their education.
Students accepted into the Program are not enrolled through the Registrar’s Office like a traditional OSU student, 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 Department Head.
*Deposit fee payment can be made by check or money order payable to OSU VCS Department, or you may submit your deposit fee through Western Union. Visit the OSU Bursar website and scroll to the section for International Payments and Domestic Wire Payments. For the ID information, enter 999999999.
Once accepted into the program and before starting the program receipt of the following information is required.
- Documentation of rabies vaccinations or rabies titer within the past two years.
- Verification of immunizations: Complete the immunization form and send to email@example.com.
- Proof of international health insurance or student can apply for the student health insurance through OSU upon arrival.
- Students will be required to obtain their own professional liability insurance through the AVMA before beginning their externships.
Current tuition for the PAVE Program is $40,000 for 48 weeks. Effective January 2021, the tuition fee will increase to $41,000.
Tuition for the Clinical Program is $30,000. Once accepted into the program, candidates must pay a $500 deposit fee, which is applied toward the tuition fee.
At the beginning of the official start date, students will enter in a contract with the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.
- PAVE students will be 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.
- Clinical Program students will be billed for the full tuition fee at the beginning of the program.
Payment will be due in full with no interest within 30 days of the time of billing. Students should plan for living expenses of approximately $20,000 in addition to tuition fees.
If a student withdraws or is dismissed before completing three rotations, a refund will be processed. The cost of completed rotations and the $500 non-refundable deposit fee will not be included in the refund. No refund will be given after completing three rotations.
- 5½” bandage scissors
- 7½” bandage scissors
- 5½” Kelly forceps
- 5½” suture scissors
- Veterinary pleximeter
- 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), with OSU Aesculapius emblem. Students can purchase locally upon arrival in Stillwater.
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. Each rotation is two weeks in length.
PAVE students can choose between two different track schedules, small animal or mixed animal. Both tracks require completion of the following core rotations: Anesthesia, Community Practice, Diagnostics, Equine Medicine, Food Animal Medicine, Intensive Care Unit, Radiology, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Shelter Surgery, Externships I-III. Each track has different required emphasis and elective choices to include Ophthalmology, Equine Surgery, LA Theriogenology, Zoological Medicine, and up to six weeks of additional externships.
PAVE students are required to accept and perform the same duties as those required of a senior DVM student at Oklahoma State University. This includes after hours and weekend duties. Student’s rotation schedule will be based upon space availability in clinic rotations. Students are graded according to the same standards as OSU students and must earn a “C” grade or better to successfully complete a rotation. A student must repeat a rotation in which they received a “D” or “F” grade. Students receiving a failing grade in the same rotation twice may result in immediate dismissal which is at the discretion of the Department Head.
Clinical Program student’s level of participation in the clinical rotation, including the ability to sign up for client cases is left up to the discretion of the senior faculty on the rotation. Students may participate in after-hours emergency duties with an OSU or PAVE student. Students are graded the same as other students; however receiving a failing grade does not subject the student to dismissal from the program. Faculty may provide a written summary of student’s performance instead of completing the rotation grade report if they so choose.
Clinical Program students complete 30 weeks of clinical rotations.
- *Anesthesia – 4 weeks (pre-requisite for shelter surgery)
- Community Practice – 4 weeks
- Diagnostics – 2 weeks
- Equine Medicine – 4 weeks
- Equine Surgery – 2 weeks
- Food Animal – 4 weeks
- Radiology – 2 weeks
- *Shelter Surgery – 4 weeks (Anesthesia pre-requisite)
- Small Animal Internal Medicine – 4 weeks
PAVE student are required to complete six weeks of externships at different locations chosen by the student. Students may choose an additional six weeks of externships as elective choices for a total of 12 weeks. Under certain circumstances, students may be limited to the number of weeks of externships at the discretion of the Department Head. Externships are scheduled at the end of the students program. Externships can be anywhere as long as students are under the direct supervision of a licensed DVM or equivalent and must be pre-approved. Approval process will be explained during student’s orientation. Externships are not allowed for Clinical Program students.
A framed certificate from OSU will be awarded to each PAVE student upon successful completion of the program. Clinical Program students will be awarded a signed certificate.