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PLEASE NOTE: The State Exam is required for 'ALL' technicians seeking licensure in North Carolina.

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. A 'degree conferred' transcript.
  3. A VTNE score - available via the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)
  4. 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.

For further details and exam dates, see the 'NC Veterinary Technician State Exam Application' below. We DO NOT offer exams in November or December.

NC State Exam

The NC state exam is taken in Raleigh, NC and consists of 100 questions and is based on the PRACTICE ACT (General statutes and Administrative Rules) governing the practice of veterinary medicine in North Carolina. There are 70 True/False and 30 Multiple Choice questions; passing score is 70. Results for this examination are known in approximately one (1) week. The fee is $50 and is non-refundable or applicable toward a future exam.

NOTE: See application below for test dates and exam process. We DO NOT offer exams in November or December.

2018 Veterinary Technician State Exam Application
FEE: $50
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 Technician State Exam application to submit.

    January 3, 2018                  November 3, 2017
   February 21, 2018              December 21, 2017
      May 23, 2018                    March 23, 2018
      June 20, 2018                      April 20, 2018
  September 12, 2018                 July 12, 2018
    October 17, 2018                August 17, 2018

Sample Exam Questions

If ADA accommodations are needed to take an exam:

Contact the Board office in writing by the application deadline. Please include in your correspondence:

  1. When the disability was professionally diagnosed
  2. How diagnosed
  3. Name of professional who is providing care
  4. Letter from Professional/Doctor that diagnosed the disability stating how the disability was diagnosed, what accommodations are being requested and how it relates to the disabilities, given that the examination is largely multiple choice and true/false questions
  5. What accommodations have been received relating to high school and college?
  6. What accommodations were received, if any, for the college admission test?


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 Prometric.

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) atempts. E-mail vettech@aavsb.org for instructions.


  • Mid-March through mid-April
  • Mid-July through mid-August
  • Mid-November through mid-December


Contact Us

Phone: 919-854-5601
Fax: 919-854-5606

1611 Jones Franklin Rd, Ste 106
Raleigh, NC 27606