Veterinary Technical National Exam Information


The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), which is a non-profit organization consisting of 57 veterinary licensing boards. The exam evaluates candidates to determine if they're qualified to practice and obtain licensure as entry-level technicians. The VTNE is taken at Prometric testing sites that are located throughout the United States.
Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for the exam, a candidate must have completed a veterinary technology program that is accredited by the American or Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). On-the-job training may be sufficient for eligibility in some states. Before they can take the test, candidates must apply and pay any fees associated with the exam. They must also provide a government-issued form of identification.


The exam is offered in March, July and October and is constantly reviewed and updated to ensure it's current. Candidates are allowed to attempt the exam five times. If a candidate wishes to try the VTNE more than that, he or she must make a special request to the AAVSB.

Exam Questions

The 4-hour exam is made up of 200 multiple-choice operational questions and 25 pilot questions, although the tester's scores are only based on the 200 operational questions. A few of the seven most important areas of animal healthcare include radiography, ultrasound, anesthesia and surgical preparation. The exam also covers 23 task areas and 47 knowledge areas.

Study Tips

Before taking the test, candidates may wish to review topics studied in their veterinary technician lab classes. The Association of Veterinary Technician Educators Inc. (AVTE) recommends a variety of books that can help you prepare for the exam.

Practice Test Opportunities

A practice test is offered by the AAVSB and can be taken online. The practice test is 75 questions and must be completed in 90 minutes to simulate the actual exam period. This simulation helps candidates become better acquainted with both the exam structure and types of questions asked.




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