Verify Your Eligibility

1 Task: Verify Your VTNE Eligibility

Select your state or province for the VTNE eligibility requirements.

2 Task: Approval to take VTNE more than 3 times

  • These states all have more stringent retake requirements and require prior approval to retake the exam for attempts beyond 3 or 4 attempts:
    • All Canadian provinces, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.
    • Contact your state or provincial agency for verification.
      • The state or provincial agency needs to email an eligibility letter to vettech@aavsb.org by the application deadline.

3 Task: Graduation or Alternate Pathway

Graduation from AVMA-CVTEA or CVMA Accredited Program

Most states and all provinces require that VTNE candidates be graduates of a veterinary technology program accredited by the American or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA-CVTEA or CVMA). AAVSB does not endorse or recommend any veterinary technology program or school.

AVMA-CVTEA accredited veterinary technology programs in the U.S.

CVMA accredited veterinary technology programs in Canada

Alternate Pathway (including On-the-Job Training or alternate degrees)

Three states allow On the Job Training (OJT) or alternate degrees for VTNE eligibility. Confirm you meet the stringent alternate pathway requirements for any of these three states: Alaska, California, or Wisconsin. Contact information can be found by using the Board and Agency Directory.

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. There are select times when a governmental regulatory board will make a special exception for the approval of a candidate for eligibility. The AAVSB will defer to their decision.