Veterinarian Licensure by Wavier of Examination


Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


The Department may issue a license without examination to a currently practicing, competent veterinarian in another state or territory provided such applicant:


Holds a current valid license in good professional standing issued after examination by another state or territory which maintains licensing standards which, except for examination, are commensurate with this state's standards;


Has worked continuously as a licensed veterinarian in an academic or clinical setting in another state or territory for a period of not less than five years immediately preceding the application. No license shall be issued under this section to any applicant against whom professional disciplinary action is pending or who is the subject of an unresolved complaint. 


Applicants for licensure by waiver of examination may be eligible for a temporary permit.  Please select this link for more information.


Documentation Requirements


The following documents shall be forwarded directly to this office from the source:


A complete application with photograph and fee of $565.00.  Applications are only accepted online.  Please select this link  to apply online.


Verification of all licenses held, current or expired.  Please send the form to the appropriate authority in any state of the United States, its territories or Canada in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed.  Some jurisdictions may charge a fee for this service.  Please contact the jurisdiction directly for fee information;


Submission of the Verification of Licensed Work Experience form submitted directly to this office from appropriate authority verifying licensed work experience in another state or territory for a period of not less than five years immediately preceding the application;


Current licensure statutes, regulations and policies submitted directly to this office from the state or territory in which currently licensed.


Upon receipt of all required documentation, the application will be reviewed at the administrative level, an eligibility determination will be made and the applicant will be notified in writing as to his or her eligibility for licensure by waiver of examination.  Please allow four to six weeks for this review. 


Applicants who wish to expedite the licensing process may choose to meet the licensing requirements for obtaining licensure for the first time.


If it is determined that the other state's licensing requirements are not equal to those of this state and the applicant wants to pursue licensure/certification, he or she would be required to meet the current Connecticut licensing requirements.


Please arrange for all supporting documentation to be sent directly from the source to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

 Veterinarian Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone:  (860) 509-7603

Fax:  (860) 707-1931