The MSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Veterinary Nursing Program offers two options:

Key components of both programs include foundational courses focusing on anatomy, physiology, nutrition, animal diseases, comprehensive veterinary nursing, and clinical laboratory procedures. Courses incorporate hands-on learning and animal interaction to promote development of necessary skills.

As an AVMA-accredited Program, both Certificate of Completion and Bachelor of Science graduates are eligible to sit for the national board examination, the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). Successful completion of the national examination is required for credentialing as a licensed, registered, or certified veterinary technician.

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Annual Pass Rate

Our graduates perform well on their board exams each year. Below is a chart that shows the annual pass rate of our graduates for the past three years.

  • Number of first-time candidates taking VTNE
  • Three-year pass rate for 2020–2023

Professional Licensure and Certification

Federal regulations require MSU to publicly disclose, for each educational program designed to meet the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification required for employment in an occupation (or advertised as meeting those requirements), information about whether program completion would meet those requirements in a state. These public disclosure requirements apply to all programs, regardless of their modality (i.e., on-ground, online, and hybrid programs). MSU discloses the required information for its Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Nursing Programs on pages 78-79 of the table at Licensure and Certification - Public Disclosures - Final.pdf.

All current and prospective students are encouraged to contact the applicable professional licensure/certification boards in their respective states for additional information regarding professional licensure/certification requirements. Individuals enrolled or considering enrollment at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine must complete two steps for licensure:

  • Individuals must be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited program
  • Individuals must pass their national licensing exam:
    • For the College’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program, the required exam is the NAVLE.
    • For the College’s Veterinary Nursing Program, the required exam is the VTNE.

After meeting both these requirements, individuals should apply for licensure in the state(s) for which they wish to be licensed.

The information in the table should not be construed as guaranteeing that any particular professional licensure/certification authority will approve a student’s application; nor should the information in the table be read to imply that other requirements for professional licensure/certification do not exist or that other requirements for professional licensure/certification have been determined to have been met by MSU’s program/course, or that any necessary approvals for clinical or other experiential learning placements are secured by virtue of a student’s enrollment at MSU.

State professional licensure/certification requirements are subject to change at any time.

For licensing board contact information and approval status, please see the American Association of Veterinary State Boards at

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact the appropriate program: