6 Reasons Our Vet Techs Passed the VTNE

Veterinary Technology program

Students learn how to manually monitor blood pressure during a dental cleaning at a Dane County Humane Society dental clinic.

The veterinary technology program at Globe University-Madison West has reason to celebrate as it was announced that the results for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) during the latest test session scored above the national average.

The national average for first-time test takers of the Veterinary Technician National Examination, which allows graduates in the veterinary technology program to become fully certified veterinary technicians, was 75 percent. Globe University-Madison West’s result was 89 percent. This was for the winter test window.

The VTNE is developed by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards and is available during three testing windows during a year. The test is constantly updated, reviewed and reevaluated by highly qualified writers. It remains as a valid tool for certification in all veterinary fields.

Janean Boss, a graduate from the veterinary technology program at Globe University-Madison West and certified veterinary technician at Green County Humane Society, shared her experience and offered advice to future graduates who plan to take the VTNE.

“It was a good but also a very nerve wracking test,” Janean said. “The review book we received helped me a lot. Also, I went through all of my old study notes. My advice to veterinary technology students preparing for the VTNE [is] keep all your class notes. They are a great review resource. Listen to your instructors. They are very good at telling you which material you should pay the most attention to.”

Veterinary Technology program

Veterinary Technology students practice imaging during a service and applied learning project.

Katie Olson, program chair for the veterinary technology program at Globe University-Madison West, shared with us what she felt attributed to the high percentage of our students passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination.

  1. Dedication of our students. “They’ve spent the time to study even though they are super busy with their personal lives being parents, working and dedicating themselves to other stuff outside of school. They still take the time to come to class, do their homework and really listen while in class.”
  2. Our veterinary technology classes at Globe University-Madison West. “The classes we have in the veterinary T=technology program built up their knowledge and helped them in passing the VTNE. We definitely focus to what the VTNE is going to cover such as questions on animal care nursing, dentistry, lab procedure, and diagnostic imaging. We try to emphasize this content more in our classes to make sure we are covering the material for the test.”
  3. Hands-on activities. “Students are taking what they learned in the books and physically doing it. I think that is essential. I think students are learning better when they physically do it and see it.”
  4. Guest lectures. “We had a lot of guest lecturers come in. Just hearing more information from outside sources is beneficial. For example, we’ve had Dr. Shawn Hook from Arbor Ridge Pet Clinic visit our class and conduct a guest lecture to our students. This helped our students with the animal care nursing material.”
  5. Peer review and group studying. “Students do a lot of peer review and studying, which is essential.”
  6. Certified Veterinary Technician Review. “This is a required review class where students are able to see where they are struggling so they know where to study before they take the test. Being able to emphasize what their strengths and weaknesses are before the exam is helpful. Students then are able to concentrate on reviewing the material they are struggling with.”

For more information about the Veterinary Technician National Examination, log onto: http://www.aavsb.org/VTNE/