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Submit Your Online Application

1 Task: Review exam information and dates

  • Be sure you read the Candidate Handbook for the entire VTNE policy regarding:
    • refunds
    • withdrawing/cancellations
    • rescheduling
    • test day requirements
    • ID requirements - name changes
    • absences
    • score reporting
  • The VTNE is a 3-hour exam which consists of 170 multiple-choice questions. Your score on the VTNE is based on responses to 150 operational questions. The additional 20 pilot questions embedded in the test will not count toward your score, but are used for constructing future examinations.
  • The VTNE is offered in both English and French.
  • The application fee is $320 USD, which you’ll pay by credit card in the online application.
  • If you are requesting accommodations, please refer to the eligibility requirements for your state in Step #1, Task 1, Verify Your Eligibility.

VTNE Application, Document, and Refund Deadlines

(Supporting documents due by deadline)
Online Application Window & Document Deadlines
(deadline is the last day of the application window)
VTNE Administration Windows Retake Request Deadlines
(for attempts
over 5)
Deadlines for State/Provincial Credential Application
Dec 15 - Feb 15, for the Mar 15 - Apr 15 exam January 1 May be earlier than AAVSB if state or province reviews eligibility.

See the Board and Agency Directory for contact information.
Apr 15 - Jun 15, for the Jul 15 – Aug 15 exam May 1
Aug 15 - Oct 15, for the Nov 15 – Dec 15 exam August 22

2 Task: Submit your official, final transcript to the AAVSB

  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for initial application processing. You will get an automated email from useraccounts@aavsb.org to activate your MyAAVSB account. Check your application and transcript status in your portal.
  • We don’t acknowledge receipt of transcripts if there is no application on file.
  • Click to see Transcript Requirements
  • Failure to submit your final transcript with graduation date and degree conferred by the posted application and documents deadline will result in forfeiture of your application fee. Applications will not be transferred to other exam windows.

3 Task: Apply using an alternate path

  • Submit your VTNE online application by the application deadline.
  • Select the jurisdiction that will review your alternate path for VTNE eligibility. Verify you have met that state or province’s eligibility and application requirements.
  • After your passing score is posted, submit an online veterinary technician score transfer to send your scores to your state or provincial credentialing agency.

4 Task: Submit your online application

  • No refunds will be made after the VTNE online application/refund deadline. Eligibility cannot be transferred to a future exam window.
    • You must take the exam during the exam window for which you apply or you may forfeit exam fees.
  • You’ll pay $320 USD by credit card when you submit your online application. AAVSB accepts Visa ®, Mastercard ®, Discover ®, and American Express ®.
  • The first and last name on the VTNE online application must match the first and last name of your government issued, unexpired, photo ID with signature, that you will use on exam day. Email vettech@aavsb.org if this is a concern.
  • The application deadline is NOT a processing or scheduling deadline. Allow 2-3 weeks for initial application processing which will activate your MyAAVSB account.