The Veterinary Technician National Examination (
VTNE) is owned and administered by AAVSB. 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. AAVSB contracts with the administering agencies to provide the exam for their use and partners with Professional Examination Service (PES) for examination development and administration services regarding the VTNE. The exam is administered at Prometric Testing Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The VTNE is a 3 hour exam which consists of 150 multiple-choice operational questions and 20 multiple-choice pilot questions derived from the test specifications. The candidate’s score on the VTNE is based on the candidate’s responses to 150 operational questions. The additional 20 pilot questions embedded in the test will not count towards the candidate’s score, but are used for constructing future examinations.
California Adds the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to Veterinary Technician Licensure Process.
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The AAVSB is accepting VTNE online applications for the July - August 2014 and November - December 2014 exam windows.
Click here to access the How to Apply page for the VTNE Application, eligibility and credentialing information for the States and Provinces.
Click here to access the Candidate Handbook.
Click here to access the VTNE Practice Test information.
AAVSB DOES NOT LICENSE, CERTIFY, OR REGISTER VETERINARY TECHNICIANS.
The information provided is for the examination process only. Contact the state or province in which you would like to practice for more information on appying for a credential.
The VTNE Candidate Handbook is designed to be the main source of information for those applying/registering to take the VTNE. All candidates are required to read and understand the information contained in the handbook.
Click here to access the Candiate Handbook.
The VTNE candidate fee is $300.00 (paid in U.S. dollars). This fee includes the “seat fee” for the Prometric Testing Center.
To take the VTNE, you must
apply and pay for the exam and you must apply for eligibility to take the exam.
Applications to take the VTNE are accepted all the time. However, there are deadlines for each examination window. Please pay attention to these deadlines. No late applications will be accepted.
An application for the VTNE is for only one exam window. The candidate must take the exam during that exam window or contact AAVSB about making changes on the application; otherwise, exam fees will be forfeited.
VTNE Online Application and Document Deadlines
VTNE Special Accommodations & Retake Request (over 5 attempts) Deadlines
State/Provincial Credential Application Deadlines
March 15 – April 15
May be earlier than AAVSB. See the Board and Agency Directory for contact information.
July 15 - August 15
November 15 - December 15
Effective February 24, 2014, the AAVSB has added earlier deadlines for VTNE Special Accommodations and Retake Request documents to allow time for the review process.
Veterinary Technology Profession
Information on the Veterinary Technology profession can be found on the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
(NAVTA) website and on the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website.
Credentialing of Veterinary Technicians
Board and Agency Directory for contact information to your board or association to find out about credentialing in your state or province.