The National Veterinary Admission Test (NVAT)

The NVAT is a required prerequisite for admission in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) professional program given to all incoming students to the four-year DVM proper or professional program in accredited veterinary colleges. This is given in addition to the college admission requirements stipulated in the CHED minimum standards for DVM program. NVAT aims to improve the quality of DVM graduates by upgrading the selection process for admission in the professional veterinary curriculum.

 The NVAT is conducted only once a year on the first Saturday of April in five (5) selected test sites as follows: Cebu State College of Science and Technology, R. Palma St. – MJ Cuenco Ave., Cebu City; Central Luzon State University, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija; University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City; University of the Philippines Los Baños, College, Laguna; and University of Southeastern Philippines, Obrero, Davao City.


 At least 51 units of preparatory veterinary subjects should be completed or currently enrolled as follows (Table). Baccalaureate degree holders and undergraduates in other courses having completed the above requirement may apply for NVAT provided they have conditional admission to a veterinary school.



Minimum Units

Communication Arts (ENG 1, ENG 2, SPCM 1)


Social Sciences (all SSP Courses)


General Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 15)


General Organic Chemistry (CHEM 40)


Biochemistry (CHEM 160)


Zoology (ZOO 11)


Botany (BOT 11)


Mathematics (MATH 1, MATH 11, STAT 1)


Computer Science (IT 1)


Philosophy (PHLO 1)


Physics (NASC 3)


Electives (ECON 11, MGT 101, MGT 111, Languages)





Scope and Content of the Examination

 1. Verbal Ability

This is composed of vocabulary and reading comprehension. Vocabulary means that which measures the skills in using words pertaining to biology, chemistry, physics and general information; and reading comprehension, which measures skills in comprehending the main idea, making inference and generalization, interpreting information, differentiating fact and opinion, predicting outcome, evaluating an idea and perceiving relationships.

 2. Mathematics

This includes conceptual understanding, procedural knowledge, and problem solving. All three measure the skills in numbers and operation, measurement, geometry, data analysis and statistical probability and algebra and functions.

 3. Science

Science part encompasses knowledge of specific facts, understanding of basic concepts and principles, skills in observing and describing objects, skills in making inference from observation, and skills in experimenting/problem solving. All five measure the knowledge in botany, chemistry, zoology, and physics.

 4. Perceptual Ability

This subtest measures the ability to visualize and judge the size, shape and position of a figure as it relates to the space in a bigger figure from which it was removed. This is made through pattern recognition and matching parts and figures.


General Instruction for Registration

NVAT Application Form, Identification Form and Checklist of Subjects Completed/Enrolled issued by OPS-CHED may be obtained from the veterinary school to which the students are enrolled (for pre-veterinary students) or are admitted to enroll (for lateral entry students).


Test Scores

The national cut-off score is 50% (percentage score). Veterinary schools should not accept students in the 1st year of the 4-year professional DVM course with NVAT score lower than 40%. Students admitted with NVAT scores between 40%-49% shall be given probationary status and will be allowed to enroll at least 15 units of the required courses in the semester immediately following the NVAT. The probationary status of a student may be removed if he/she passed all the required courses.