Veterinary Technician


The AAVSB is pleased to offer two awards to Veterinary Technician National Examination® candidates, each awarded annually. We are proud to offer the VTNE® Award and the VTNE® Celebrating Diversity Award to those who not only put in the hard work, but also represent outstanding leadership and academic achievement, and those who foster, cultivate, and continuously preserve a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

VTNE® Award

The Veterinary Technician National Examination® Award is presented by the veterinary technology/nursing program faculty, to one graduating student every year, and covers the cost of the VTNE® exam.

  • This award is presented to one veterinary technician/nursing student from every AVMA-CVTEA or CVMA accredited veterinary technology/nursing program who is expected to graduate during the calendar year in which the award is being given (January 1st to December 31st).
  • The award recipient is selected by program faculty, to a student of their choice.
  • The recipient will receive a prepaid voucher for the Veterinary Technician National Exam®. Recipient information must be sent to the AAVSB prior to the recipient applying for the VTNE, through the submission link provided to Program Directors.
  • The school’s deadline for annual submission to the AAVSB is December 1. Submissions for the following year will be accepted beginning January 1st of that year.
  • There is no application for this award.

Award recipients are announced in April, August, and December, and highlighted on our social media.

For any questions relating to this award, please reach out to [email protected]

VTNE® Celebrating Diversity Award

The Veterinary Technician National Examination® Celebrating Diversity Award is presented to one graduating veterinary technology/nursing minority student who has been traditionally underrepresented in the veterinary technician profession.

The award recipient is selected based on their commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and treating everyone with respect and dignity. The Award recipient is announced on May 1st and will receive a VTNE exam voucher for their VTNE online application.

The application deadline is March 15th annually, and applicants must be enrolled in an AVMA-CVTEA or CVMA accredited program at the time the recipient is selected. Please click this link to apply, and send the application, supporting documents and videos here.