vtne practice test 2023
What Is the VTNE Exam?
The Veterinary Technician National (VTNE) Exam is an exam given to measure the competency a prospective veterinary technician should have in order to practice and become credentialed.
The exam is a 3-hour computer-based exam, and consists of 170 multiple choice questions.
20 of these questions are not scored. Instead, they are used as pilot questions – questions that are used for future exams and do not count toward your score.
What will I be tested on?
The VTNE exam is divided into sections, called domains, and there are 9 of them. You can also expect to encounter: 38 Task Area Statements, and 50 Knowledge Area Statements.
- Domains are the major areas that are essential for an entry-level veterinary technician.
- Task area statements are specific goal-directed actions undertaken by an entry-level veterinary technician within one of the specific domains of practice.
- The knowledge area statements are acquired from a job analysis study completed by the AAVSB and its exam vendor every 5-7 years.
- Pharmacy & Pharmacology (12%)
- Knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology as it relates to the use of pharmacological and biological agents; calculate medications based on the appropriate dosage in compliance with veterinarians orders; correctly dispense medications in compliance with veterinary orders.
- Surgical Nursing (11%)
- Prepare patient for procedure; apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology as it applies to surgical nursing; maintain aseptic conditions in surgery room and throughout the surgery.
- Dentistry (7%)
- Educate client about dental health; apply knowledge of physiology, anatomy, and pathophysiology as it relates to dentistry; perform oral examination along with documentation.
- Laboratory Procedures (12%)
- Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology as it relates to laboratory procedure; prepare specimens along with documentation for internal and/or external laboratory evaluation.
- Animal Care and Nursing (22%)
- Utilize your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology as it pertains to patient care and nursing; perform patient nursing procedures. (Some examples of nursing procedures include, but are not limited to catheterizations, restraint, and wound management); documentation of continual evaluations of physical, behavioral, nutritional and environmental status of animals.
- Diagnostic Imaging (7%)
- Apply your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology as it relates to diagnostic images; maintain imaging/radiograph equipment and related equipment in an effort to ensure quality of results, equipment, operator, and patient safety.
- Anesthesia (15%)
- Assist in the development of the anesthetic plan (administration of medication and monitoring) to enable diagnostic, therapeutic, and/or surgical procedures.
- Emergency Medicine/Critical Care (8%)
- Perform triage on a patient presenting with emergency/critical conditions, including: shock, acute illness, acute trauma, and toxicity; perform emergency nursing procedures, (CPR, control acute blood loss, etc.)
- Pain Management/Analgesia (7%)
- Apply your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology as it relates to pain management and analgesia; determine the need for analgesia in a patient; educate client in regard to patient pain assessment and management to ensure the safety of patient and client.
If you move to another jurisdiction you may put in a request to have your scores transferred by going on the AAVSB website, and putting in the request there.
*Keep in mind that there is an $85 transfer fee.
How is the exam scored?
How Can I Prepare for the VTNE Test?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide set for your exam. Below you’ll see links!