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Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)

The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is owned and administered by the 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. The AAVSB contracts with the administering agencies to provide the exam. PSI is the exam vendor for examination development and administration services regarding the VTNE. The exam is administered at PSI Testing Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

VTNE Application Latest News

  • For the July-August 2015 VTNE, test administration for the VTNE will change to a company called PSI ( The AAVSB is excited about this transition as it allows VTNE candidates access to a greater selection of test center locations during an exam window. Effective immediately, there will be a slight delay in candidates receiving an Authorization-to-Test (ATT) email. Within the next few weeks, the AAVSB will resume sending ATT emails. Please monitor the AAVSB website for updates.

  • The VTNE Refund Policy has changed, effective with the July/August 2016 exam application. Be sure to review the new policy here.

The 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 applying for a credential. Click here for a list of Regulated and Non-regulated Jurisdictions - updated April, 2016.


  • If your state determines eligibility you will be directed to the state website. You will need to submit a state application by the state deadline.
  • If the AAVSB determines your eligibility you will be directed to send your transcript to the AAVSB.

Don't forget to submit your VTNE application by the AAVSB deadline even if your state determines eligibility.

Check to see who determines your VTNE eligibility.

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 VTNE Candidate Handbook.

Click here to watch the VTNE Video Series.

Retake the VTNE

Information for candidates who have taken the VTNE at least one time.

Click here for information about retaking the VTNE.

To Cancel/Withdraw Application

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The Application Process

Information about the exam


Application cost

MyAAVSB account

Authorization-To-Test (ATT) Letter

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Transfer VTNE Score Report

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