Application Process

New VTNE Eligibility Process for California. Click here for more information.

The AAVSB is accepting VTNE online applications for the March-April 2015 and July-August 2015 exam windows.

You will receive an Authorization-To-Test email for scheduling your exam after your application is processed and eligibility confirmed. Please refer to the Eligibility information below.

Click here to access the Candidate Handbook which VTNE candidates are required to read.


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.

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 always accepted; however, there are deadlines for each examination window. No late applications will be accepted.

Examination Windows VTNE Online Application and Document Deadlines VTNE Special Accommodations & Retake Request (over 5 attempts) Deadlines State/Provincial Credential Application Deadlines
March 15 – April 15 February 15 January 1 May be earlier than AAVSB. See the Board and Agency Directory for contact information.
July 15 - August 15 June 15 May 1
November 15 - December 15 October 15 September 1


Candidate Handbook

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 the handbook.

Click here to access the handbook.


The VTNE candidate fee is $300.00 (paid in U.S. dollars). This fee includes the “seat fee” for the Prometric Testing Center.

VTNE Eligibility, Application, and the States/Provinces


Make sure you apply for the VTNE by the online application deadline, confirm your eligibility process, and check with your state or province for credentialing requirements.

Click here to see who determines VTNE eligibility.

If the AAVSB reviews and determines eligibility, you will be instructed to provide a final transcript by the VTNE application deadline. If your state reviews and determines VTNE eligibility, you will be directed to the state website and you will be required to provide additional information to the state by the state deadline.

Select your state/province for instructions to confirm your eligibility to take the VTNE exam. NOTE: Some states/provinces have earlier or different deadlines for eligibility.

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Apply to take the VTNE with AAVSB. You will pay for the exam when you submit your online application. AAVSB accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

MyAAVSB Account

You will be prompted to create a username for a MyAAVSB account during your application. This account allows you to login and update personal information, ask questions, check status of your application, and review your official score report when available. Please be aware that you will not be able to access your account until your application has been processed. Please allow at least 2 weeks for processing. If, after that time period, you attempt to log-in and encounter problems, please contact

ATT Letter

After your application and eligibility have been processed, if approved, you will receive an Authorization-to-Test (ATT) email from Professional Examination Service (ProExam). This email explains how to make an examination appointment at a Prometric Testing Center which will determine the date, time, and location of your exam. See updated Candidate Handbook for changes regarding examination appointment and additional fees.

The AAVSB does not license, certify, or register Veterinary Technicians.

The state you select on your VTNE application will automatically receive your official score report.

Click here to check with your state/province for credential information

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