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JJC Vet Tech VTNE Application and Licensing FAQ Joliet Junior College Veterinary Medical Technology Program

Welcome to the JJC Vet Tech VTNE Application and Licensing FAQ, where you will find the most common questions about applying to the VTNE. If you have further questions, check out the Announcements page, or email Jessica Luetger at jluetger@jjc.edu

"How will Covid-19 affect my exam?"

It is impossible to predict what will happen in uncertain times, however, you can keep track of updates by checking or contacting AAVSB and Continental Testing directly. Some testing dates may be delayed or rescheduled, but you will not lose the fees you have paid. Testing centers will likely require masks and social distancing.

"What if I miss an application deadline?"

If you miss a deadline you may miss the opportunity to sit for the exam on the dates you intended. You may need to wait several months for the next exam. The best course of action is to contact the agency in question and ask if it is still possible to submit an application. For example, if you miss the deadline for Continental Testing, call or email them to see if they will still accept your application.

"What if I move out of state? How can I get a license in another state?"

The best course of action for most students will be to get your license in Illinois first and transfer it after you move. Reasons for this are:

  • Every state has different licensing requirements
  • Some states have residency requirements before you can obtain a license

To look up the licensing requirements for the state you are interested in, Google the name of the state and "veterinary state boards". Look for veterinary technician information or contact information in that state. You may need to contact them for more details.

Transferring your license will look different for each state. Some require additional fees and residency in the state. Some will require an additional state exam on top of the VTNE.

You can hold a license in multiple states at the same time. Some technicians choose to keep several licenses active concurrently, however CE and renewal fees may be different in each state.

If you are applying for a job out of state, it is recommended you review the requirements for transferring your license before interviewing. Be prepared to discuss this process with a potential employer.

"What will happen when I get to the testing center?"

It is recommended that you arrive to the test center 30 minutes early. If you are late to the exam you may not be able to take it.

You will be asked to store all personal items in a locker. You may be asked to turn out your pockets or pass through a metal detector. If you would like to know the exact process, contact your test center directly.

"What should I bring to the test?"

A valid photo ID, such as a state ID or driver's license. School ID cards will not be accepted.

Do not bring personal items such as pens/pencils, paper, cell phones, ear buds, ear plugs, or medications. You will be asked to store all these items.

Do not bring friends or family to the test center.

You may request ear plugs and scratch paper at the test center.

"What does the exam look like?"

The VTNE has 170 questions and has a maximum time limit of 3 hours. 20 questions are considered "pilot" questions. These are not part of your score, but are also not marked. Their purpose is to test out new VTNE questions. The exam is given on a computer.

You will be provided with a short tutorial on how the exam program works. You will be provided with scratch paper and a calculator. The calculator will be on the computer screen, so make sure you are comfortable using computer calculators.

There is a timer that you can toggle on and off, and you will be able to skip questions and return to them.

You may request breaks, but the timer will continue while you take your break.

"What if I need test accommodations for the VTNE?"

This information can be found on the VTNE Application Instructions page.

"What happens if I fail the VTNE?"

You can reapply and retake the exam during the next testing window. There are currently no restrictions to the number of times you can retake the VTNE in Illinois, however some states do have restrictions. You will have to pay application fees again to reapply.

You can find more information about the reapplication process on the AAVSB website.

"When will I need to renew my license?"

Your license will stay active for two years after you obtain it. You will receive an email reminder when it is time to renew for another two years. Currently, the renewal fee is $50.00.

Some workplaces will pay for your renewal. It can be beneficial to ask about this when interviewing.

"How much CE is required after I graduate? Do I need to start getting it before my first renewal?"

In the state of Illinois, 15 hours of continuing education (CE) credit is required in order to renew your license. You DO NOT need to obtain CE credits prior to your first renewal. Once you have renewed your license the first time you will need to start obtaining CE credits.

Learn more about the laws governing CE and more here.

"What happens if I do not get enough CE before my renewal?"

When you renew your license you will be asked if you completed your CE (unless this is your first renewal). Typically, proof is not required however the state can audit you at any time. The state requires you to keep your CE records for 4 years. Most CE events will provide a certificate of proof that you attended.

If you do not obtain enough CE credits prior to renewal it is possible your license will not be renewed.

"Where can I get CE?"

In the state of Illinois, there are currently no restrictions on the amount of online CE you can obtain vs. face-to-face. CE can be obtained at in-person or virtual conferences, but there are other resources available as well. Some will have fees, but free options are out there.

CE requirements and rules can be found here.

CVTs may find some suggestions for CE options on the ISVMA website or the NAVTA website. Vet techs that you work with or are connected to through alumni groups may also know of other, sometimes local, opportunities.

Questions or comments about this page can be sent to jluetger@jjc.edu