Veterinary Technician

National Exam

Most state and provincial agencies use the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE®) to evaluate the competency of entry-level veterinary technicians and require a passing score for a veterinary technician to be credentialed. (Regulated and Non-Regulated Jurisdiction Reference List)

The VTNE is administered during three exam windows each year. The exam is computer-based and is given at PSI testing centers throughout the U.S. and Canada or can be Live Remote Proctored.

The AAVSB owns and administers the VTNE, but we do not credential veterinary technicians. For specific credential information, contact your state or provincial agency.

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Follow these steps to complete the VTNE

Find out if you meet the eligibility requirements to take the VTNE.

Step 1

What are the exam dates? How do I apply? Access Candidate Handbook and Transcript Requirements.

Step 2

Learn how to check your application status.

Step 3

Select your date, time, and location after your eligibility is approved.

Step 4

How can I prepare for the exam?

Step 5

Cancelling, refunds, and emergencies.

Step 6

Exam Day information and official score reports for you and for your credentialing agency.

Step 7

Steps for retaking the exam and checking your eligibility.

Step 8

When will I get my license, certification, or registration?

Step 9
News & Updates

The AAVSB VTNE® Scholarship Award is available to one graduating student recognized by their veterinary technology/nursing program faculty who fosters, cultivates, and preserves a culture of leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, and treats everyone with respect and dignity.

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to announce the recipient of the VTNE Celebrating Diversity Award is Gabrielle Foster, a graduating Veterinary Technology senior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Veterinary Technician National Examination® Scholarship Award