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, and Tennessee.
    • 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.