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Source: Brakke Consulting

The Fall 2021 interim North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) report indicates that COVID might have had some negative impacts on the academic performance of DVM students in the last two years.

This fall, nationally, 85% of the Class of 2022 passed NAVLE on their first attempt; the fall test passing rate for the Class of 2020 (before COVID) was 90%.

Similarly, last year the Class of 2021 had a 92% overall pass rate (students who do not pass on the fall test can re-take it the following spring); the Classes of 2017-2020 had overall pass rates of 94-96%.

The COVID pandemic may also affect the psychological and physical wellbeing of DVM students, as it has for so many of us. Most of the Class of 2022 will join the workforce in a few months. To help the new DVM graduates hit the ground running, employers should take extra steps to provide financial as well as emotional support to improve work-life balance for these new DVM graduates.

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