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  • Date: February 21, 2014
  • Contact: Chrissy Bagby, AAVSB Member Services Coordinator
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California Adds the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to Veterinary Technician Licensure Process

Kansas City, MO (February 21, 2014) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and the California Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) announced today that the AAVSB's Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) will become part of the licensure process for veterinary technicians in the state of California. This marks the 58th jurisdiction across the United States and Canada to adopt the VTNE as part of their credentialing requirements.

The VTNE is owned and administered by the AAVSB and 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 subject matter experts so that it remains a valid tool. Most states and provinces require a passing score on the VTNE as one criterion for credentialing.

"California's adoption of the VTNE as part of their licensure process marks a significant milestone for the VTNE program and allows for continued standardization of the veterinary technician profession across North America," remarked AAVSB Executive Director Robyn Kendrick. "The California Veterinary Medical Board has always been an active, engaged member of the AAVSB so we are looking forward to extending the relationship to the VTNE program."

As of March 1, 2014, all veterinary technician applicants for licensure in California will be required to have taken and passed both the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and the new California veterinary technician examination, an examination specific to animal health care tasks in California. Prior to inclusion of the VTNE, veterinary technicians applying for licensure in California were only required to take a longer form of the California exam.

"It has been a long-standing goal for the California Veterinary Medical Board to move toward recognition of the VTNE as the practice examination for veterinary technicians applying for registration in California," remarked Annemarie Del Mugnaio, Executive Officer for the California Veterinary Medical Board. "The VTNE has met the examination validation standards in California and the VMB is confident that the administration practices of the AAVSB will maintain the integrity of the VTNE examination in the future. Further, the recognition of the VTNE should assist with the portability of credentialed veterinary technicians between states."

For more information on the VTNE, click here.

For more information on the details of California's licensure program, visit the California Veterinary Medical Board's website at

About AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reliably provide quality resources and accurate information for veterinary regulatory agencies and professionals in the interest of public protection. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 58 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and five Canadian provinces: Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan.

About the California Veterinary Medical Board: The mission of the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) is to protect consumers and animals through development and maintenance of professional standards, licensing of veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and premises, and diligent enforcement of the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act. The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting the VMB at (866) 229-0170. Consumers can also file a complaint online at

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