Information for Writing the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)

The procedure for writing has changed from recent years... Any questions that have not been answered by the information below can be directred to the MAHTA offfice.

 The American Association of Veterinary State  Boards is now responsible for the VTNE...

Starting in spring 2010, the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) will no longer be a paper and pencil exam.  It will now become a computer based exam.  The exam will be written directly on a computer and preliminary results will be given immediately, with final results delivered in about three weeks to the exam taker. 

When Can the exam be written?

There will be three opportunities during the year in which you may write the exam.  The dates for writing are as follows:

  • July 15 - Aug 15   (deadline June 15 for all required documents)
  • November 15 - Dec 15  (deadline October 15 for all required documents)

  • March 1 - March 31   (deadline February 1 for all required documents)

How to Register and Get More Information:

Administration of the exam and collection of payment for the exam will now be the responsibility of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).  This means that from now on you will submit your payment to write the exam directly to the AAVSB.  They will check with regulatory bodies such as MAHTA to ensure that anyone who applies to write the exam is eligible.  For more information, read the AAVSB’s Frequently Asked Questions for VTNE Candidates:

To apply for the Exam:


  For Student and Temporary members the steps to write the exam will go as follows:

1.       Become a Manitoba Animal Health Technologist Association Student Member.  Download a Membership Registration form from "Online Forms" or click: 

Also, if you are student, you will need:

  •       Enrollment certificate from your school (Temporary members should submit a copy of their diploma).  This enrollment certificate proves to MAHTA that you are a second year AHT and are eligible to write the VTNE. 

  •       Fill out your registration form and send it in along with the appropriate registration fees and your enrollment certificate to the MAHTA office:

                1590 Inkster Blvd., Winnipeg, MB  R2X 2W4