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Thinking About Taking the VTNE? You've Got This

Thinking About Taking the VTNE? You've Got This
May 26, 2021

We're overjoyed for the 16 VetCor team members who recently passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and became credentialed veterinary technicians. They took advantage of all the resources that were available to them, they studied hard, and it all paid off in the end. Now each of those techs is fully accredited in their respective state.

If you've been toying with the idea of taking the VTNE, but it's seemed a bit daunting in the past, we want to remind you that you've got an entire veterinary network in your corner. We offer continuing education (CE) credits that can be used for study materials, plus you can ask questions and get help from your fellow techs by joining the TechLife Facebook group.

Fast Facts About the VTNE:

  • It costs $325 to take the test (not including the cost of additional study materials)
  • The test consists of 170 multiple choice questions, 150 of which are scored
  • The VTNE is a computer-based test and it's offered three times per year
  • You have three hours to complete the test
  • Currently, the VTNE is offered in both English and French


While it may still seem overwhelming, we asked some VetCor techs who successfully passed the VTNE to share some words of wisdom for anyone who's interested in becoming a credentialed tech themselves. Luckily, they had great advice. 

Words of Wisdom for Taking (and Acing) the VTNE:

  • Utilize your CE budget to cover the test fee
  • Join the TechLife Facebook group to stay on top of the latest virtual training sessions and share stories/advice with others 
  • Give yourself time because once you start studying, you'll be able to identify gaps in what you know - plus, you just don't want to cram for the VTNE 
  • If you're a visual learner, try utilizing color coded flashcards and/or making a separate document solely dedicated to math equations 
  • Check out the IDEXX Learning Center's free VTNE prep test and other programs, like VetTechPrep


Elisabeth Carson of Ridgeville Animal Hospital passed her boards in September of 2020 after being out of school for almost 10 years.

When asked about her VTNE prep experience, she said, "VetCor was so helpful financially and just supportive of me taking my test. I used VetTechPrep to study and made sure I set aside time every day to do some type of studying. It was great to have a team of coworkers and beyond supporting me every step of the way to become registered."

So remember, at the end of the day, the VTNE is just gauging what you already know. As long as you utilize your resources and study hard, you'll do wonderfully and get your accreditation.

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