General Information about the VTNE

The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) owns and administers the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). The VTNE is a computer-based examination that you may take during three “testing windows” per year – in summer, fall and late winter/early spring. You can find information about the VTNE – including the testing sites, dates of testing windows, and VTNE Candidate Information Booklet – on the AAVSB VTNE website.

Applying for Board Approval to Take the VTNE

If you wish to qualify to take the VTNE based on Delaware’s requirements, you must first apply to the Delaware Board for approval to sit for the VTNE. The AAVSB will not allow you sit for the VTNE until the Delaware Board approves your education and other qualifications. This requirement applies to both Delaware and out-of-state residents. After the Board reviews your application, you will be notified whether you are approved to take the examination.

Registering with AAVSB

After you apply to the Delaware Board, you may register for the VTNE online at the AAVSB VTNE website. You do not need to wait for the Delaware Board’s approval before registering with AAVSB. However, registering for the exam does not guarantee eligibility. Before the examination date, AAVSB will verify the eligibility of registered candidates with the Delaware Board office. If you are eligible, AAVSB will provide you with further exam information. If the Delaware Board has not approved your application, you are not eligible and will not be allowed to take the exam.

Direct all questions about the VTNE registration process to the AAVSB.


To take the exam during a testing window, you must meet specific deadlines.




March 15 - April 15

January 1

see AAVSB Application Process

July 15 - August 15

May 1

see AAVSB Application Process

November 15 - December 15

September 15

see AAVSB Application Process