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The practice of veterinary medicine includes the diagnosis and treatment (including prescriptions and surgery) of all animal disease. "Animal" includes every living creature except humans.

Licensing Requirements:

A New York licensed veterinarian has a doctoral degree (D.V.M., V.M.D., or equivalent) in veterinary medicine. Most practitioners also have an undergraduate degree with an emphasis in the basic and life sciences. In addition, all New York veterinarians have passed comprehensive written and clinical national examinations.


The fee for licensure is $372.
The fee for a limited permit is $105 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Licenses Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 399 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 427 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 378 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of January 1, 2021, there were 5,090 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Veterinary Medicine
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
Phone: 518-474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 210
Fax: 518-486-4846
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

29-1131 - Veterinarians
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
Phone: (800) 248-2862
Fax: (847) 925-1329


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/9/21.

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