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  • Date: January 18, 2017
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VTNE® Job Analysis Underway

Kansas City, MO (January 18, 2017) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB®) is pleased to announce that a Job Analysis Project for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is underway. The main objective of the Job Analysis Project is to update the domains, tasks, and knowledge areas that comprise the content outline for the VTNE to ensure that the test content outline is aligned with current practice in the veterinary technician profession. In keeping with best standards in the credentialing industry, a job analysis is conducted approximately every five years. The content outline and examination specifications resulting from this job analysis will serve as the blueprint for exam development. The AAVSB conducted the last VTNE Job Analysis in 2012.

PSI Services LLC is working with the AAVSB as the contractor on this study. PSI will be facilitating an ad-hoc task force of veterinary technician subject-matter experts from the United States and Canada. The task force is selected by the AAVSB to represent a broad range of practice settings. The role of the job analysis task force is to critically review the current test content outline and update it as appropriate to reflect contemporary practices in the veterinary technician field.

The VTNE Committee is tasked with reviewing three outputs of the study: the results of the task force's analysis, an additional independent review by subject matter experts, and a validation survey completed by credentialed veterinary technicians. The VTNE Committee will then make recommendations to the AAVSB Board of Directors regarding updates to the test outline for the examination.


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 61 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.


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