Veterinary Technician National Exam

The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is owned and administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). The VTNE is used to evaluate entry-level veterinary technicians' competency to practice and to be credentialed. The computer-based exam is given in three testing windows per year (winter, summer, fall) and is constantly updated, reviewed and re-evaluated by highly-qualified item writers so that it remains a valid tool.

Most states and provinces require a passing score on the VTNE as one criterion for receiving credentials. The exam is administered at Prometric Testing Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Testing Window of VTNE Deadline for Registration
March 15 to April 15 February 15
July 15 to Aug. 15 June 15
Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 October 15

*Currently, there are four locations available in Ontario: Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Toronto

To qualify for the VTNE you must be:

How to Register to Write the VTNE

First Steps

After the Exam


Preparing for the VTNE

There are many resources on the market for individuals interested in preparing to write the Veterinary Technician National Examination. The OAVT does not endorse any one particular resource but we are able to provide a list of current options available to you. If you come across others that are not represented on this list, please share with us!

AAVSB Resources

(Such as practice exams, sample questions and review materials)


VTNE Preparation & Practice Test

This new online course can be purchased through IDEXX, and is endorsed by NAVTA. 

Learn more about the course, including how to purchase it here



Mosby’s Comprehensive Review for Veterinary Technicians, 3e

Monica M. Tighe, Marg Brown

Publication Date: Oct 17 2007

ISBN-10: 0323052142 | ISBN-13: 978-0323052146


Review Questions and Answers for Veterinary Technicians, 4e(Revised Reprint)

Thomas P. Colville

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

ISBN-10: 0323068014 | ISBN-13: 978-0323068017


Master the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)

Peterson’s

Publication Date: May 10 2011

ISBN-10: 0768933722 | ISBN-13: 978-0768933727


VTNE Flashcard Study System: VTNE Test Practice Questions & Review for the Veterinary Technician National Exam

Mometrix Media LLC

ISBN-10: 1610730151 | ISBN-13: 978-1610730150


VTNE Secrets Study Guide: VTNE Test Review for the Veterinary Technician National Exam

Mometrix Media LCC

KINDLE Edition

Paperback Edition: March 31, 2014

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