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 (winter, summer, fall) a year 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 August 15||June 15|
|November to December 15||October 15|
*Currently, there are four locations available in Ontario: Hamilton, London, Ottawa and Toronto
To qualify for the VTNE you must be:
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!
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
Thomas P. Colville
Publication Date: Dec 3 2009
ISBN-10: 0323068014 | ISBN-13: 978-0323068017
Master the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)
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
There are two more steps involved in becoming an RVT the Professionalism & Ethics Workshop, and a Police Record Check. The following are the steps that need to be completed to achieve RVT status.