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Information on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)/Iowa Veterinary Technician State Exam

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The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) is owned and administered by AAVSB.

The VTNE is used to evaluate entry-level veterinary technicians' competency. The exam is computer-based. The exam is given in three testing windows a year.

Most states and provinces require a passing score on the VTNE as criterion for technician licensing.A veterinary technician student works with a striped cat.

AAVSB contracts with the administering agencies partners with Professional Examination Service (PES) for examination development and administration services regarding the VTNE. The exam is administered at Prometric Testing Centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The VTNE is a 3 hour exam which consists of 150 multiple-choice operational questions and 20 multiple-choice pilot questions derived from the test specifications.

The candidate's score on the VTNE is based on the candidate's responses to 150 operational questions. The additional 20 pilot questions embedded in the test will not count towards the candidate's score, but are used for constructing future examinations.

The cost of the VTNE is $310 which includes cost of the exam and the Prometric sitting fee and is offered at 3 different testing windows throughout the year.

Iowa Veterinary Technician State Exam

The Iowa Veterinary Technician State Exam is offered to graduates of accredited Veterinary Technician Program graduates seeking licensing in Iowa.

The Exam is given on the first Monday every June at select testing centers in Iowa.  The Exam is a jurisprudence exam consisting of 40 multiple choice questions.  

Eligible candidates must complete an application to the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine.

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