Veterinary Technician

National Exam

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Most state and provincial agencies use the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE®) to evaluate the competency of entry-level veterinary technicians and require a passing score for a veterinary technician to be credentialed. (Regulated and Non-Regulated Jurisdiction Reference List)

The VTNE is administered during three exam windows each year. The exam is computer-based and is given at PSI testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The AAVSB owns and administers the VTNE, but we do not credential veterinary technicians. For specific credential information, contact your state or provincial agency.

An AAVSB representative specialized in your question will get back to you

Follow these steps to complete the VTNE

Find out if you meet the eligibility requirements to take the VTNE.

Step 1

What are the exam dates? How do I apply? Access Candidate Handbook and Transcript Requirements.

Step 2

Learn how to check your application status.

Step 3

Select your date, time, and location after your eligibility is approved.

Step 4

How can I prepare for the exam?

Step 5

Cancelling, refunds, and emergencies.

Step 6

Exam Day information and official score reports for you and for your credentialing agency.

Step 7

Steps for retaking the exam and checking your eligibility.

Step 8

When will I get my license, certification, or registration?

Step 9
News & Updates

Earlier this year, the American Association of Veterinary State Boards® (AAVSB®) launched Veterinary Care Elite, a gold standard program for veterinary technicians recognizing those who demonstrate their commitment to performing at the highest level.