Eligibility for First Timers
Graduation from Accredited Program
Most states and all provinces require that VTNE candidates must be graduates of a veterinary technology program accredited by the American or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. AAVSB does not endorse or recommend any veterinary technology program or school.
For a list of accredited veterinary technology programs in the U.S., click here.
For a list of accredited veterinary technology programs in Canada, click here.
Only for those states and provinces which AAVSB reviews eligibility, AAVSB requires an official transcript showing a graduation date from an accredited veterinary technology program. Transcripts must be at the AAVSB office by the application deadline date.
All transcripts must come directly from the school. AAVSB will not accept student copies, copies of diplomas, or incomplete transcriptions which do not show a graduation date.
Mailing address for transcripts:
380 West 22nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Please see Step 2 on the How to Apply page for information on eligibility for your state or province.
On-the-Job Training or Alternative Pathway
Some states allow On the Job Training (OJT) or alternate pathways to being eligible for the VTNE. Currently, these states include Alaska, California, Wisconsin, and Washington. Washington's current law allowing people to apply for veterinary technician licensure based on experience is scheduled to expire: Click here for more information. Before applying to take the VTNE with on the job training, confirm that you meet the requirements for any of these three states. You also need to confirm that the state where you plan to work will credential veterinary technicians without a degree from an accredited vet tech program. Contact information can be found by using the Board and Agency Directory.
There are select times when an official governmental regulatory board is able to make a special exception for the approval of a candidate for eligibility. AAVSB will always defer to the wishes of the regulatory State and Provincial Boards.
Some states allow candidates with a veterinary education, with a Bachelor of Science in a related field, or from a program approved by the state to take the VTNE and become credentialed Veterinary Technicians. Some states allow foreign educated Veterinarians or Veterinarian Technicians to take the VTNE and become credentialed as Veterinary Technicians. Use the Board and Agency Directory to find contact information for states or provinces to ask about your states requirements.
Felonies or Convictions
A candidate’s eligibility to take the exam will not be affected by a felony. However, you should check with your state or province regarding requirements for being credentialed and/or working in that state or province.