Need Help Studying for the Veterinary Technician Exam (VTNE)?

The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is managed and conducted by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).

AAVSB does not license, certify or register veterinary technicians. However, boards and agencies use the VTNE conducted by AAVSB as a tool to evaluate candidates for certifying, registration and licensing.


     •  You must be a graduate from an AVMA or CVMA accredited veterinary technician program.
     •  Alternatively, you must be within 6 months of graduating from an accredited program.
     •  If you want to sit for the examination in AZ, DE, GA, IL, MD, TN, OR or WA, you must first contact the respective state board to learn about additional requirements you must meet for the jurisdiction.


     •  You may wish to apply online at at a cost of $200.
     •  Paper applications are accepted for an additional fee of $20. You may obtain paper application forms by sending an email to
     •  If you wish to sit for the examination in AZ, DE, GA, IL, MD, TN, OR or WA, you must apply to the state board before applying to AAVSB.

Exam Details

     •  This is a single-booklet examination held usually twice a year (Jan / Jun).
     •  There are 25 pilot multiple-choice questions, which are not scored.
     •  There are another 200 multiple-choice questions, which are scored. How to Answer Multiple Choice
     •  The non-scored questions are not distinguishable from the scored questions.
     •  You have 4 hours to complete the examination. How to Work with Time Limits
     •  You are not allowed any other calculators during the examination except a four-function calculator provided by AAVSB.

Exam Contents

     •   Pharmacy and Pharmacology 14%
     •   Surgical Preparation and Assisting 16%
     •  Dentistry 8%
     •  Laboratory Procedures 15%
     •  Animal Care and Nursing 24%
     •  Diagnostic Imaging 8%
     •  Anesthesia and Analgesia 15%


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