What is the VTNE?

What is the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)?

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.

VTNE Format:

  • Multiple-choice
  • 200 actual exam questions and 25 pilot questions (pilot questions are used for future exams and do not count towards your score)
  • Computer-based
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
Laboratory Procedures
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Diagnostic Imaging

Within each domain are task area statements (specific goal-directed actions) and knowledge area 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