3 Tips for Passing the VTNE

Preparing for the VTNE can be an incredibly stressful time for any aspiring Vet Tech. It can be overwhelming when trying to figure out what to focus on, how much time you need to study, and the pressure you may feel to pass. Know that you are not alone, and many Vet Techs before you have been through this exact struggle. Preparing yourself for the VTNE will help you pass this exam with flying colors!

Tip 1: Study Tools

The unknown of what is to come on the VTNE is daunting. Having an idea of what lies in store is key. There are several tools available to help familiarize yourself with the structure of the test, as well as topics that may be covered. AAVSB offers 4 different VTNE practice test for a small fee. These practice tests have been known to be incredibly helpful in preparing for the VTNE. There is no better way to know the structure of an upcoming test, than to take a practice test offered by the organization itself. Aside from the AAVSB practice test, there are many other options when it comes to VTNE preparation. Immerse yourself in as many VTNE preparation options as you can, and you will be ready for anything this exam throws your way. Here are a few options for you:

  • AAVSB Practice Tests
  • Pocketprep.com
  • Vettechprep.com
  • Mometrix.com
  • Review Questions and Answers for Veterinary Technicians

Tip 2: Study Your Weak Subjects

Never rely on your strength in one category to make up for another. There are nine domains that you will be tested on in the VTNE. (Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care, Pharmacology, Pain Management/Analgesia, Dentistry, Laboratory Procedures, Diagnostic Imaging, Animal Care and Nursing, Surgical Nursing.). You can use books for vet techs that you had prior to the VTNE to study certain subjects. It is pertinent that you study each domain, and make sure you feel comfortable in your weakest areas. If there is a certain domain that you struggle with, try studying this subject more often. Every single question counts, so you want to make sure you have a fighting chance in the categories that you struggle with.

Tip 3: Study Time

This is not an exam that is well suited with cramming and procrastination. It’s recommended to give yourself at least 3 months to study for the VTNE. When you set the date to take the exam, sit down and make yourself a study plan. Figure out the time you are going to set aside each week for studying, and stick to it! If you write out a study plan, you are more likely to hold yourself accountable and follow through. When you are making your study plan, include as many different study strategies as possible. You can make flashcards, study with a friend, take practice exams, or any other method that has been most helpful to you in your journey to this point. No matter the method you use, take your studying seriously!


It is so important that you choose your time leading up to the VTNE wisely. There is no better way to combat those exam nerves than to be as prepared as you possibly can. Your time in school has led you to this point, and you are equipped with the tools needed to pass this exam. Take a deep breath, and start preparing!

Guest post article by I Love Veterinary. Project dedicated to supporting veterinary medicine and sharing information in the veterinary community.