Veterinary Technician National Examination Transition

Effective March 1, 2014, all veterinary technician applicants are required to take and pass both the new California veterinary technician examination and Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

California Veterinary Technician Examination Plan

California Veterinary Technician Examination Reference

The answers to the following frequently asked questions are designed to help registered veterinary applicants understand the transition to the VTNE.

1. What happens if I took the California examination prior to March 1, 2014 but did not pass?

Applicants who took and failed the California veterinary technician examination prior to March 1, 2014 are now required to take and pass both the new California veterinary technician examination and the VTNE.

See below for instruction on how the apply for the new California veterinary technician examination and the VTNE.

2. What is the application process for the new California veterinary technician examination and VTNE?

Applicants applying for the new California veterinary technician examination still apply directly to the Board.

Applicants for the VTNE apply directly to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). Those applicants who are veterinary technology graduates of an American Veterinary Medical Association accredited university are automatically eligible to take the VTNE.

Applicants applying through the Board’s “alternate route” or are animal health technology graduates of San Diego Mesa College will still apply directly to the AAVSB to take the VTNE, but the Board will need to review the application and verify eligibility before the applicant is made eligible to take the VTNE. In order to ensure VTNE eligibility is transferred to the AAVSB in a timely manner, the Board recommends these candidates apply to the Board and establish their eligibility before applying to the AAVSB to take the VTNE.

Please refer to the AAVSB website for the VTNE online application deadline for each examination window.

3. What if I have already taken and passed the VTNE, does the score count?

Effective March 1, 2014, the Board requires veterinary technician applicants to have taken and passed both the new California veterinary technician examination and VTNE within 60 months of application in order to be eligible for licensure*.

The Board will accept VTNE scores for those applicants who have already taken and passed the VTNE provided the applicant also takes and passes the new California veterinary technician examination within 60 months of passing the VTNE.

*Applicants who apply for examination eligibility using Out of State eligibility (Category 5) are not required to take the new California veterinary technician examination and VTNE within 60 months. However, Category 5 applicants are still required to have taken and passed both the new California veterinary technician examination and the VTNE (see the RVT Application Instructions for more information on Category 5 eligibility).

4. Do I have to take the VTNE if I am already licensed as a California registered veterinary technician?

No. Only applicants who do not have a registered veterinary technician license are required to take and pass the VTNE.

If you have any further questions about the Board’s transition to the VTNE please email the Board at vmb@dca.ca.gov.