Division of
Professional Regulation

Veterinary Technician Licensure


General Information

The application for Veterinary Technician licensure asks whether you are applying by examination or reciprocity.  This depends on whether you hold a current license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia).

IF you have… AND IF you have… THEN apply by…
  • never held a veterinary technician license in another jurisdiction, or
  • held a license(s) in another jurisdiction(s) but none is current
not passed the VTNE Examination.
already passed the VTNE Examination.
hold a current, active veterinary technician license in another jurisdiction  — Reciprocity.


Important Information If You Need to Take 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.  See VTNE for information about the exam—including the testing sites, dates of testing windows, and VTNE Candidate Information Booklet.

To qualify to take the VTNE based on Delaware’s requirements (as explained below), 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.

After applying to the Delaware Board, you may register for the VTNE online. You can register before you receive notification of the Delaware Board’s approval. 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 for applying to the Delaware Board and for registering with AAVSB.  See Veterinary Technician National Examination.


Requirements for All Applicants

These requirements apply to all applicants regardless of whether applying by examination or reciprocity.

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to the “State of Delaware.”  Do not send the VTNE examination fee to the Delaware Board office!  Send it to AAVSB.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive proof of one of the following, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
    • Official transcript from an AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program, or
    • Official transcript from a foreign veterinary program approved by the AVMA.
    If you are a final-year veterinary technician student enrolled in an AVMA-accredited program, you may apply to take the VTNE before you graduate by submitting proof of the probability of graduation. In this situation, arrange for the Board office to receive a letter from your school, sent directly to the Board office, stating that you are a veterinary technician student in good standing and the date on which you are expected to receive your degree.  This letter will admit you to the VTNE, but you will not be considered for licensure until the Board office receives a final transcript, showing your graduation date, from your school. 

  • If you have already passed the VTNE but you did not take it in Delaware, arrange for the Veterinary Information Verification Agency to send a score report directly to the Board office.  To request a score transfer, see Veterinary Professional Score Transfers.
    • If you passed the VTNE exam over two years before applying, submit proof of completing 18 hours of continuing education within the past four years.
  • If you have ever held a veterinary technician license in another jurisdiction, arrange for the Board office to receive a letter of good standing from each jurisdiction where you are now, or have ever been, licensed.


Additional Requirements for Temporary Licenses

To apply for a Temporary license, you must meet all of the above requirements and submit:

  • temporary license fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • letter from a Delaware-licensed veterinarian verifying that
    • you will remain in the veterinarian’s continuous employ and supervision, and
    • he or she will monitor your professional activities and be fully responsible for you while you are under temporary licensure.

Under no circumstances should you begin practicing as a veterinary technician in Delaware before the temporary license is issued.  For information on the practice and supervision requirements for veterinary technicians, see Section 1.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

Related Topics:  , , , , , ,