New OVC Grad Achieves Highest Possible Score on Veterinary Licensing Exam

Rose RumneyWhen Rose Rumney went online to check her score for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE), the number 800 was listed beside her name. Her first thought was: 800 out of what?

It was 800 out of 800 — the highest score possible. Rumney is only the fourth student to achieve perfect marks among 54,000 candidates who have taken the NAVLE in the past 16 years.

The exam is required for graduates of accredited veterinary schools to become licensed in North America and internationally. The average score is around 513.

Veterinary medicine is in her family. Rumney’s distant cousin, Jean Rumney, DVM ’39, was one of the first women to graduate from the Ontario Veterinary College. Rumney’s parents, both U of G grads and veterinarians, run a mixed-animal practice from their 100-acre farm near Midland, Ont.

Rumney, who graduated in June, hopes to work in a general mixed-animal clinic.