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  • Date: September 5, 2017
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VTNE® 2017 Job Analysis Completed

Kansas City, MO (September 5, 2017) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB®) completed its most recent job analysis of the veterinarian technician field and updated the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in August 2017. The job analysis project is designed to update the domains, tasks, and knowledge areas that comprise the content outline for the VTNE to ensure that the test content outline is aligned with current practice in the veterinary technician profession. In keeping with best standards in the credentialing industry, a job analysis is conducted approximately every five years. The content outline and examination specifications resulting from this job analysis will serve as the blueprint for exam development until 2022.

The VTNE Committee and Job Analysis Task Force were responsible for reviewing three outputs of the study: the results of the task force's analysis, an additional independent review by subject matter experts, and a validation survey completed by credentialed veterinary technicians in the United States and Canada. The survey participants verified the current domain structure of nine domains in the VTNE blueprint as a complete description of the major areas of veterinary technician practice. The veterinary technician tasks and knowledge areas as updated by the task force were validated by survey participants. The VTNE Committee made recommendations to the AAVSB Board of Directors regarding updates to the test outline for the examination at their August 2017 meeting, which were approved.

PSI Services LLC worked with the AAVSB as the contractor on this study. PSI facilitated an ad-hoc task force of veterinary technician subject-matter experts from the United States and Canada. The task force was selected by the AAVSB to represent a broad range of practice settings. The role of the Job Analysis Task Force was to critically review the most recent test content outline and update it as appropriate to reflect contemporary practices in the veterinary technician field.

The first administration of the VTNE utilizing the new blueprint will be the July/August 2018 exam window.

About the VTNE: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.

About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to support and advance the regulatory process for veterinary medicine. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 62 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and nine Canadian provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.

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