Veterinary Technician Exams

PLEASE NOTE: The State Exam is required for 'ALL' technicians seeking licensure in North Carolina as we do not accept reciprocity. You do NOT have to be a resident of NC to become registered.

NC Veterinary Technician State Exam


  1. One must have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA CVTEA) accredited program AND have a passing score on the VTNE to be eligible to sit for the NC Veterinary Technician State Examination.
    CANADIAN RECOGNITION: As of June 2006, the AVMA approved a recommendation that veterinary technician credentialing entities in the US recognize graduates of Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accredited veterinary technology programs as eligible for credentialing. In turn, the CVMA recommends that Canadian provincial licensing bodies recognize graduates of AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs as being eligible for licensure. As always, eligibility for licensure/registration/certification of veterinary technicians is the purview of each state and provincial credentialing agency.
  2. ATTENTION: One is not eligible to take the exam until their application is complete which includes receiving all required documents.
  3. LICENSING INFORMATION FOR MILITARY (and their spouses). If applicable, please send Janice copy of proof of Active Status to
  4. One does NOT need to be a resident of North Carolina to apply/hold a vet tech registration.




Documents DO NOT have to be received before submitting exam application.

  1. A 'degree conferred' transcript. Document to be mailed to the Board office or e-mailed to from the school. If mailed, send to: NCVMB, 1611 Jones Franklin Rd., Suite 106, Raleigh, NC 27606
  2. A VTNE score - available via the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Document to be mailed to the Board office or e-mailed to from AAVSB
    NOTE: New graduates who applied for the VTNE thru NC will have a copy of their score sent to the Board office automatically; it takes 4-5 weeks from exam date for results to be received.
  3. License verification(s) from any state in which you held any professional license/registration. All verifications must be no older than six (6) months from exam date. Document(s) to be mailed to the Board office or e-mailed to from the state Board/Agency. If mailed, send to: NCVMB, 1611 Jones Franklin Rd., Suite 106, Raleigh, NC 27606
  4. Copy of your Social Security Card - please upload copy when submitting application; website is secure
    NOTE: If you are NOT a United States citizen but have DHS authorization for work, you will be required to include a Numeric Identifier in order for a SAVE verification to be run. Processing time can run between 3 - 20 Federal business days.
  5. If you have a maiden/former name in which documents will be received under, a copy of a legal document will be required (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce papers, etc.).

For further details, see the 'Veterinary Technician State Exam Application Process' below.

NC State Exam

The NC State exam, which is administered on-line by a third party vendor, consists of 50 questions and is based on the PRACTICE ACT (General statutes and Administrative Rules) governing the practice of veterinary medicine in North Carolina in addition to information found on the Board's FAQ web site page under PROFESSIONALS (no need to open links). There are 30 True/False and 20 Multiple Choice questions; passing score is 75. You are given 30 minutes to take the exam with no option to pause. The NCVMB fee is $50 and is non-refundable or applicable toward a future exam.

Sample Exam Questions There is no need to commit to memory the Fees established by the Board (Administrative Code .0108).

EXAM RESULTS are typically reported to the Board by Wednesday of each week; if it falls on a holiday, it will be reported the following day(s).

Is becoming registered a TIME SENSITIVE matter for you?
Once eligible to take exam AND you have been contacted by AAVSB/TesTrac, be sure to take exam before Sunday so your results will be sent to Board the following week.

Veterinary Technician State Exam Application Process

NCVMB Application FEE: $50
(1.) To apply for the State Exam, one must first create an account via the Licensure Gateway. Once registered, you will log back in and select the Veterinary Technician State Exam application to submit. Once application has been submitted, you have six (6) months to complete the exam or else you will be required to re-apply.
(2.) Once the application has been submitted to the Board, the applicant will be able to log back into the Licensure Gateway 24/7 to check on their application status (e.g. which documents have been received or are pending).
(3.) When your exam file with the Board is complete and all required documents have been received and all obligations have been met, a Board team member will notify you via e-mail of your application status AND contact AAVSB/TesTrac to inform them of your eligibility for the on-line exam on Tuesday of each week.
(4.) NEW GRADS: You may submit an exam application before graduation but keep in mind, you have 6-months to complete the application process once you submit an application.
(5.) Study the PRACTICE ACT (General statutes & Administrative Rules) in addition to the information found on the Board's FAQ web site page under PROFESSIONALS (no need to open links). There is no need to commit to memory the Fees established by the Board (Administrative Code .0108).

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TesTrac On-line Exam Application FEE:
(6.) Eligible candidates may be contacted via e-mail by AAVSB indicating they have received your name from our Board office.
(7.) TesTrac will contact you via e-mail providing a link that will allow you to sign in and purchase our state assessment by using the Logon ID and Password sent. Candidate has 60 days from the date of the login email to access/take the exam.
(8.) The exam fee is payable via credit card to TesTrac. Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. All exams are non-refundable and non-transferable. Receipts are available via the exam portal.
(9.) ATTENTION: It is important to save TesTrac's address ( as a contact so you won’t miss timely e-mails.
(10.) Exams are taken on-line from your personal computer (open book) and can be taken only once per purchase.
(11.) AAVSB provides official score reports to the NCVMB weekly, typically by Wednesday. The NCVMB will notify you of your Registration number via e-mail within 1 - 3 business days once your exam score has been reported to us by AAVSB. At the end of your exam, you will be able to print an onscreen pass/fail result for your personal records.

EXAM RETAKE PROCEDURE: AAVSB will notify you within 7 - 8 days to inquire if you are interested in retaking the State Exam.

1. Technicians renew biennially (every 2 years); the renewal window opens the first of November. You are exempt from CE requirements for your FIRST renewal cycle if you graduate the same year you become licensed in North Carolina.
2. The NC Veterinary Health Program (NCPHP Link) is available for you or someone you work with who needs help with chemical dependency or substance abuse. The call can remain anonymous.

If ADA accommodations are needed to take an exam:

The AAVSB application and instructions are available on the AAVSB website’s Jurisprudence Assistance section  Once AAVSB reviews your ADA application, they will respond via e-mail within 2 - 4 business days.

For any specific question(s), please email the AAVSB at


VTNE: Veterinary Technician National Examination
The VTNE is a requirement for registration as a veterinary technician in North Carolina. The exam consists of 150 multiple choice operational items and 20 multiple choice pilot items. The candidate's score is based on the candidate's responses to the 150 operational items; the remaining 20 pilot items embedded in the test will not count towards one's score. The pilot questions will be used in constructing future examinations. This exam is offered at computer testing centers throughout North America and at certain overseas sites operated by PSI.

The VTNE Eligibility Process
The NC Board no longer has the responsibility to approve VTNE applicants. You will need to contact the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) for questions you may have concerning the approval process and/or the requirements AAVSB. The approval deadline is determined by AAVSB so please adhere to their time sensitive dates.

Candidate Eligibility Policy
A candidate is permitted to take the VTNE five (5) times. You must apply to the AAVSB Board of Directors for approval to take the exam for each attempt beyond five (5) attempts. E-mail for instructions.


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