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).
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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.
These requirements apply to all applicants regardless of whether applying by examination or reciprocity.
To apply for a Temporary license, you must meet all of the above requirements and submit:
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.