Eligibility for First Timers
Graduation from Accredited Program
Most states and all provinces require that VTNE candidates must be graduates of a veterinary technology program accredited by the American or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. AAVSB does not endorse or recommend any veterinary technology program or school.
For a list of accredited veterinary technology programs in the U.S., click here.
For a list of accredited veterinary technology programs in Canada, click here.
In those states and provinces for which the AAVSB reviews eligibility, the AAVSB requires an official transcript showing a graduation date from an accredited veterinary technology program. Transcripts must be postmarked by the application deadline date.
Click here for transcript requirements.
On-the-Job Training or Alternative Pathway
Some states allow On the Job Training (OJT) or alternate pathways to being eligible for the VTNE. Before applying to take the VTNE with on the job training, confirm that you meet the stringent OJT regulations for any of these three states. Currently, these states include Alaska, California, and Wisconsin. Alaska's new OJT regulations are effective May 30, 2015 and OJT candidates should contact the Alaska Board for more information. Contact information can be found by using the Board and Agency Directory.
You also need to confirm that the state where you plan to work will credential veterinary technicians without a degree from an accredited vet tech program. There are select times when an official governmental regulatory board is able to make a special exception for the approval of a candidate for eligibility. AAVSB will always defer to the wishes of the regulatory State and Provincial Boards.
Some states allow candidates with a veterinary education, with a Bachelor of Science in a related field, or from a program approved by the state to take the VTNE and become credentialed Veterinary Technicians. Some states allow foreign educated veterinarians or veterinary technicians to take the VTNE and become credentialed as Veterinary Technicians. Use the Board and Agency Directory to find contact information for states or provinces to ask about your states requirements.
Felonies or Convictions
A candidate’s eligibility to take the exam will not be affected by a felony. However, you should check with your state or province regarding requirements for being credentialed and/or working in that state or province.