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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)
    NOTE: New graduates who applied for the VTNE thru NC will have a copy sent to the Board office automatically; it takes 4-5 weeks from exam date for results to be received.
  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, see the 'Veterinary Technician State Exam Application Process' below.

NC State Exam

The NC state exam 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 web site FAQ page under PROFESSIONALS. There are 30 True/False and 20 Multiple Choice questions; passing score is 75. The NCVMB fee is $50 and is non-refundable or applicable toward a future exam.

NOTE: The exam application window for 2018 has closed. We DO NOT offer exams in November or December but starting January of 2019, testing will be administered on-line and no longer given at the Board office.

2019 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 State Exam application to submit.
2. 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 contact AAVSB to inform them of your eligibility.
3. Study the PRACTICE ACT (General statutes & Administrative Rules) in addition to the information found on the Board's web site FAQ page under PROFESSIONALS. There is no need to commit to memory the Fees established by the Board (Administrative Code .0108).

TesTrac Application FEE: $55
4. Eligible candidates will first be contacted via e-mail by AAVSB. A link will be provided that will allow you to sign in and purchase our state assessment. The exam fee is payable via credit card to TesTrac. Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
a. After your payment has been processed, you will be notified a second time by TesTrac via e-mail (ttonline@testrac.com) and will include your Logon ID and Password information to access the TesTrac link on the AAVSB webpage. Be sure to save this address as a contact so you won’t miss timely e-mails. The candidate then has 60 days to access/take the exam.
b. Exams are taken on-line (open book) and can be taken only once per purchase.
c. All exams are non-refundable and non-transferable.
d. At the end of your exam, you will be able to print an onscreen pass/fail result for your personal records.
e. The AAVSB will provide your official score report to the NCVMB within 1 week. The NCVMB will notify you of your Registration number via e-mail within 1 - 3 business days.

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


1. 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 (NCVHP 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 https://aavsb.org/licensure-assistance/jurisprudence-assistance/apply-for-your-jurisdictions-assessment/.  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 spa@aavsb.org.


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


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