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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • Date: November 1, 2017
  • Contact: Nancy Grittman, Director of Examinations
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AAVSB® Announces New Blueprint for VTNE®


Kansas City, MO (November 1, 2017) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to announce the recently approved new blueprint for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) based on a yearlong comprehensive Job Analysis project. The first exam with the new blueprint will be administered July/August 2018.

The VTNE Committee reviewed the validation survey results and recommended a new VTNE blueprint, which is closely aligned with the survey data in keeping with credentialing best practices. The results from the Job Analysis verified the current structure of nine domains. The veterinary technician tasks and knowledge areas were updated and validated by survey participants.

Please note, the new blueprint will be available on the AAVSB website for VTNE candidates to review after the March 15 - April 15, 2018 exam administration ends. To avoid confusion, Program Directors are asked not to present information to their students about the new blueprint until that time.

PSI Services LLC conducted the Job Analysis Project on behalf of the AAVSB, and they relied heavily on an outside task force of content experts as well as the AAVSB VTNE Committee throughout the process. The AAVSB re-evaluates the exam approximately every five years to ensure that the questions are current and accurately reflect the responsibilities and competencies of entry-level veterinary technicians.


About the VTNE: The VTNE is used to evaluate entry-level veterinary technicians' competency to practice and to be credentialed. The computer-based exam is given in three testing windows a year and is constantly updated, reviewed and reevaluated by highly-qualified item writers so that it remains a valid tool. Most states and provinces require a passing score on the VTNE as one criterion for credentialing.


About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance the regulatory process for veterinary medicine. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 62 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.


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