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New VTNE Blueprint and 150-item Exam

The first 150-item exam with the new blueprint will be administered July/August 2013

The AAVSB Board of Directors recently approved a new blueprint for the VTNE based on a year long comprehensive Job Analysis project. Professional Examination Service (PES) 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. 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.

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 result is an increase in the number of domains in the exam blueprint from seven to nine. Anesthesia and Analgesia is one domain in the current blueprint and has been split into two domains: Anesthesia and Pain Management/Analgesia and a new domain was created: Emergency Medical Care/Critical Care. All other domains remained the same.

AAVSB has announced plans to reduce the number of scored items on its VTNE from 200 to 150. The exam will consist of 150 scored items and contain an additional 20 pre-test items (formerly 25). In conjunction with this change, the duration for taking the exam will be reduced to three hours.

AAVSB's plan to reduce the number of exam items is consistent with certification industry best practices. The reliability and validity of an examination are indicators of its ability to produce consistent and accurate results and it was found that the shorter examination would retain high levels of reliability and validity. The content of the examinations will not be altered and the percentage of test items across the domains will remain the same.


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