NC Veterinary Technician State Exam

PLEASE NOTE: The State Exam is required for 'ALL' technicians seeking licensure in North Carolina as we do not accept reciprocity. You do NOT have to be a resident of NC to become registered.



  1. One must have graduated from an American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA CVTEA) accredited program.
    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. One must have a passing score on the VTNE.
  3. One is NOT eligible to take the exam until their application is complete, which includes receiving all required documents. NEW GRADS: You are NOT eligible to take the exam before graduation.
  4. LICENSING INFORMATION FOR ACTIVE MILITARY (and their spouses) Application refund available if eligible, please send copy of proof of Active Status to after your Exam application has been submitted.
  5. One does NOT need to be a resident of North Carolina to apply/hold a vet tech registration.
  6. Consent to criminal history check. Failure to consent to a criminal history record check will result in the denial of your application pursuant to NCGS 93B-8.1(c).
    Factors considered by the Board when making a determination of licensure:         
    a)  The level and seriousness of the crime.
    b)  The date of the crime.
    c)  The age of the person individual at the time of the crime.
    d)  The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known.
    e)  The nexus between the criminal conduct and the prospective duties of the applicant as a licensee.
    f)  The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed.
    g)  The completion of, or active participation in, rehabilitative drug or alcohol treatment.
    h)  A Certificate of Relief granted pursuant to G.S. 15A-173.2.
    i)  The subsequent commission of a crime by the applicant.
    j)  Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.

    If the Board denies your application for licensure based in whole or in part because of a criminal conviction you may appeal the decision pursuant to Chapter 150B of the General Statutes.




Documents DO NOT have to be received before submitting exam application.

  1. A 'degree conferred' transcript. Document to be mailed or e-mailed FROM THE SCHOOL to the Board office. E-mail to or mail to: NCVMB, 1611 Jones Franklin Rd., Suite 106, Raleigh, NC 27606
  2. A VTNE score - available via the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Document to be e-mailed FROM AAVSB to the Board. E-mail to
    NOTE: New graduates who applied for the VTNE thru NC will have a copy of their score sent to the Board office automatically; it takes 4-5 weeks from exam date for results to be received.
  3. License verification(s) from any state in which you held a veterinary technician registration, whether it is currently Active or NOT Active. All verifications must be no older than six (6) months of your application date. Document(s) to be mailed or e-mailed FROM THE STATE BOARD / AGENCY to the Board office. E-mail to or mail to: NCVMB, 1611 Jones Franklin Rd., Suite 106, Raleigh, NC 27606
  4. Copy of your Social Security Card - you upload upon application; website is secure
  5. If you have a maiden/former name in which documents will be received under, a copy of a legal document will be required (e.g. marriage certificate, divorce papers, etc.).

NOTE: AAVSB has a Credentialing Service (Premium VAULT) and for a fee, will request all documentation on your behalf; the exception may be some school transcripts.


The NC State exam, which is administered on-line by a third party vendor, 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 FAQ web site page under PROFESSIONALS (no need to open links). There are 30 True/False and 20 Multiple Choice questions; passing score is 75. You are given 30 minutes to take the exam with no option to pause. The NCVMB fee is $50 and is non-refundable or applicable toward a future exam.


NOTE: There is no need to commit to memory the FEES established by the Board (Administrative Code .0108).

EXAM RESULTS are reported weekly, typically by Wednesday the following week of taking the exam; if it falls on a holiday, it will be reported the following day(s).

Is becoming registered a TIME SENSITIVE matter for you?
Once eligible to take exam AND you have been contacted by AAVSB/TesTrac, be sure to take exam before Sunday so your results will be sent to Board the following week.

NC Exam Application Process     FEE:
(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 Technician State Exam application to submit. Once application has been submitted, you have six (6) months to complete the exam or else you will be required to re-apply.
(2.) Once the application has been submitted to the Board, the applicant will be able to log back into the Licensure Gateway 24/7 to check on their application status (e.g. which documents have been received or are pending).
(3.) 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 notify you via e-mail of your application status AND contact AAVSB/TesTrac to inform them of your eligibility for the on-line exam on Tuesday of each week.

NEW GRADS: You may submit an exam application before graduation but keep in mind, you have 6-months to complete the registration process once you submit an application. You are NOT eligible to take the exam before graduation; all required documents, which included a degree conferred transcript, need to be received.

Study the PRACTICE ACT (General statutes & Administrative Rules) in addition to the information found on the Board's FAQ web site page under PROFESSIONALS (no need to open links). There is no need to commit to memory the Fees established by the Board (Administrative Code .0108).

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TesTrac On-line Exam Application Process     FEE:
(4.) TesTrac will contact you via e-mail with-in 1 to 2 days of receiving your name to provide a link that will allow you to sign in and purchase our state assessment by using the Logon ID and Password sent. Candidate has 60 days from the date of the login email to access/take the exam. The exam fee is payable via credit card to TesTrac. Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. All exams are non-refundable and non-transferable. Receipts are available via the exam portal.
(5.) IMPORTANT: Add TesTrac's address ( as a contact so you won’t miss timely e-mails.
(6.) Exams are taken on-line from your personal computer (open book) and can be taken only once per purchase. You are given 30 minutes to take the exam with no option to pause.
(7.) AAVSB provides official score reports to the NCVMB weekly, typically by Wednesday the following week of taking the exam. The NCVMB will notify you of your Registration number via e-mail within 1 - 3 business days once your exam score has been reported to us by AAVSB. At the end of your exam, you will be able to print an onscreen pass/fail result for your personal records.

EXAM RETAKE PROCEDURE: AAVSB will notify you within 7 - 8 days to inquire if you are interested in retaking the State Exam.

1. Technicians renew biennially (every 2 years); the renewal window opens the first of November. 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 (NCPHP 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  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


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) attempts. E-mail for instructions.


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

1611 Jones Franklin Rd, Ste 106
Raleigh, NC 27606