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Examinations (VTNE and NAVLE)

Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) General Information

The VTNE is a computer-based examination that Veterinary Technicians may take each year in summer, fall or late winter/early spring. The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) owns and administers the VTNE.

Note: See VTNE for information about the exam, including information for testing sites, dates of testing, and the VTNE Candidate Information Booklet.


North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE) General Information

The NAVLE is a 360-item computer-based multiple-choice examination and given twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. Passing the NAVLE is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America.

The International Council for Veterinary Assessment (ICVA) provides standardized examinations for use by licensing boards as part of their veterinarian licensure process.

Note: The NAVLE replaced both the National Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT) in November 2000.

Applying to Sit for the VTNE or NAVLE

The Board of Veterinary Medicine must approve you to sit for the VTNE or NAVLE. To apply to take the required exam(s), you must first create a DELPROS user account. Go to the DELPROS online portal, then click on Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests.

If you are already an existing user, log in with your email address and password under the existing user section. If you have not yet created a DELPROS user account, click on Register.

After creating your user account or logging into the DELPROS online portal, you may begin your application for licensure to take the required exam(s).

When the Board approves your application to sit for the exam, you will receive an email stating that you have been approved to sit for the exam.

Registering for the VTNE or NAVLE

Your application is valid for two years from the date you submit it in DELPROS. You may register before you receive the Board’s approval; however, registering for the exam does not guarantee eligibility. You will be required to complete a new online application if your application expires.

    • For the VTNE, you must register online through AAVSB-VTNE.
      • Before the examination date, AAVSB will verify your eligibility as a registered candidate with this Board office. When approved as eligible, AAVSB will provide you with further exam information.

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

  • For the NAVLE, you must also submit a NAVLE application to the ICVA. For instructions on filing the NAVLE application to ICVA, go to ICVA or AAVSB.
    • A documented disability that is covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and test accommodations may be requested when you take the NAVLE.

Deadlines for VTNE Testing


VTNE Exam Window



DELPROS Document Deadline


March 15 – April 15 January 1
July 15 – August 15 May 1
November 15 – December 15 September 15

For additional information on deadlines, see AAVSB.

Deadlines for NAVLE Testing


NAVLE Exam Window



DELPROS Document Deadline



NAVLE to NBVME App Deadline


November – December June 1 August 1
April October 1 January 3

Re-Taking the VTNE or NAVLE

If you fail the VTNE, you must register again with AAVSB-VTNE and follow the instructions to re-apply/update your registration to proceed.

If you fail the NAVLE, you must register again with ICVA and follow the instructions to re-apply/update your application and then proceed.

To request approval to re-take the VTNE or NAVLE go to DELPROS and log in to your e-License Dashboard. Click on Service Request in the top navigation bar, then click APPLY FOR A NEW SERVICE REQUEST and select the Request for Re-Examination service request type option.

After review and approval of your request, you will receive an email notification for approval to re-take the exam.

After Passing the VTNE or NAVLE

After you take and pass the exam, allow up to two weeks for the Board office to receive your official examination score. When the Board office receives your passing score and validates that you have met all licensure requirements as a Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian, your license will be issued.

You will receive an email notification stating your license has been issued including any additional details about license renewal and/or continuing education requirements.

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