The veterinary technician national examination (VTNE) is an examination used to
test a veterinary technician's knowledge and skills. The VTNE is used by most
states, provinces, and Canada as a requirement for credentialing. Upon passing
the exam, a vet tech will be eligible to receive their certification and become
a practicing veterinary technician. This veterinary technician exam is owned
and administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).
In order to take the VTNE, you must be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA) or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accredited
veterinary technology program or a program approved by the regulatory board
governing your jurisdiction. Before you take the exam, you must also submit an
application to the AASVB.
The exam is offered three times per year. These testing windows are offered in the spring,
summer, and winter. For upcoming dates, visit http://www.aavsb.org/vtne
This vet tech exam includes seven major areas of focus
(called domains), which are:
Animal Care and Nursing
Surgical Prep & Assisting
Anesthesia and Analgesia
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Within each domain are task area
statements (specific goal-directed actions) and
statements. See the Veterinary Technician National Exam Candidate
Information Handbook provided by the AASVB for more detailed information.
The Veterinary Technician National Exam Candidate Information Handbook provided by the AASVB is
the official resource for information about the VTNE, VTNE content, VTNE administration, VTNE
eligibility, VTNE application, VTNE registration, VTNE scheduling, preparing for the VTNE, taking
the VTNE, VTNE testing centers, and VTNE scores.
You can find the handbook at http://www.aavsb.org/PDF/VTNE/CandidateInformationBooklet.pdf
To learn more about studying for the VTNE, visit VTNE Practice Questions and VTNE Practice Exams