The Online Application

1 Task: Exam information and dates

  • Be sure you read the Candidate Handbook for the entire VTNE policy regarding:
    • refunds
    • withdrawing/cancellations
    • rescheduling
    • test day requirements
    • ID requirements - name changes
    • absences
    • score reporting
  • The VTNE is a 3-hour exam which consists of 170 multiple-choice questions. Your score on the VTNE is based on responses to 150 operational questions. The additional 20 pilot questions embedded in the test will not count toward your score, but are used for constructing future examinations.
  • The VTNE is offered in both English and French.
  • The application fee is $315, which you’ll pay by credit card in the online application.
  • If you are requesting accommodations, please refer to the eligibility requirements for your state in Step #1, Task 1, Verify Your Eligibility.

VTNE Application, Document, and Refund Deadlines

(Supporting documents due by deadline)
Online Application Window & Document Deadlines
(deadline is the last day of the application window)
VTNE Administration Windows Retake Request Deadlines
(for attempts
over 5)
Deadlines for State/Provincial Credential Application
Dec 15 - Feb 15, for the Mar 15 - Apr 15 exam January 1 May be earlier than AAVSB if state or province reviews eligibility.

See the Board and Agency Directory for contact information.
Apr 16 - Jun 15, for the Jul 15 – Aug 15 exam May 1
Aug 15 - Oct 15, for the Nov 15 – Dec 15 exam September 1

2 Task: Submit your official, final transcript to AAVSB

  • Click to see Transcript Requirements
  • Please don’t send multiple transcripts as it results in longer processing times.
  • We do not accept faxed transcripts
  • We don’t acknowledge receipt of transcripts. To see if the AAVSB has your transcript, email with your first and last name and name of your school. Ask us to check for you.
  • When your transcript has been processed and verified, if the AAVSB reviews your eligibility, your scheduling email will be sent from PSI. See Step #4, Schedule Your Exam , for more information.
  • Please allow 2-3 weeks for initial application processing, which activates your MyAAVSB account
  • Failure to submit your final transcript by the posted application and documents deadline will result in forfeiture of your application fee. Applications will not be transferred to other exam windows.

3 Task: Apply Using an Alternate Path

  • Submit your VTNE online application by the application deadline.
  • Select the jurisdiction that will review your alternate path for VTNE eligibility. Verify you have met that state or province’s eligibility and application requirements.
  • After your passing score is posted, submit an online veterinary technician score transfer to send your scores to your state or provincial credentialing agency.

4 Task: Submit Your Online Application

  • No refunds will be made after the VTNE online application/refund deadline and eligibility cannot be transferred to a future exam window.
    • You must take the exam during the exam window you apply for or you may forfeit exam fees.
  • You’ll pay $315 by credit card when you submit your online application. AAVSB accepts Visa ®, Mastercard ®, Discover ®, and American Express ®.
  • The first and last name on the VTNE online application must match your first and last name of your government issued, unexpired, photo ID with signature, that you will use on exam day. Email if this is a concern.
  • Allow 2-3 weeks for initial application processing which will activate your MyAAVSB account.