TN Visa Status as a Veterinarian

The profession of a Veterinarian is listed under the USMCA(NAFTA) professions list as a profession that qualifies for TN visa status. If you are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen with an offer of employment from a US employer as a Veterinarian, you might qualify to work and live in the US under TN Visa status. We discuss the profession of a Veterinarian for TN Visa status under the USMCA and how to qualify here.

What is a Veterinarian for TN Visa purposes?

Under the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) a Veterinarian is outlined as follows:

Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to protect public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals. Veterinarians typically do the following:

  • Examine animals to assess their health and diagnose problems
  • Treat and dress wounds
  • Perform surgery on animals
  • Test for and vaccinate against diseases
  • Operate medical equipment, such as x-ray machines
  • Advise animal owners about general care, medical conditions, and treatments
  • Prescribe medication
  • Euthanize animals

Veterinarians treat the injuries and illnesses of pets and other animals with a variety of medical equipment, including surgical tools and x-ray and ultrasound machines. They provide treatment for animals that is similar to the services a physician provides to humans.

How do I qualify for TN Visa status as a Veterinarian?

You might qualify for TN Visa status as a Veterinarian if you meet the following minimum qualifications:

  1. You are a Canadian or Mexican Citizen (Permanent Residents do NOT qualify);
  2. You have a job offer from a US employer or are servicing a contract with a US client;
  3. You will be performing duties consistent with a Veterinarian;
  4. You have a D.V.M., D.M.V. or Doctor en Veterinaria; OR State/Provincial License; and
  5. You can demonstrate that you have non-immigrant intent, in other words, the intent to return to your foreign residence at the end of your temporary employment.

Is certification or licensure required to obtain TN Visa status as a Veterinarian?

Veterinarians must be licensed in order to practice in the United States. Although you can qualify for TN visa status as a Veterinarian with a state/provincial license, licensure is a post-entry requirement for TN visa status and is NOT a requirement to obtain TN visa status as a Veterinarian.

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