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Associate in Science in Veterinary Technology

 
 

Information Session

Interested in the Veterinary Assisting and Veterinary Technology Program at Windward Community College? Please contact us at vettech@hawaii.edu to attend an Information Session.

Information Session Topics:

  • Tuition
  • Program costs
  • Courses
  • Internships
  • Uniforms
  • Program procedures

On March 15, 2013, our Vet Tech program was granted provisional accreditation, which means that our graduates will be recognzied by the AVMA


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For more information, contact vettech@hawaii.edu

Windward Community College
Veterinary Technology Program
45-720 Keaahala Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744
Phone: 236-9119
Fax: 247-5362

Picture of two students and a dog

Windward Community College’s Associate in Science in Veterinary Technology combines traditional classroom instruction with intensive hands-on laboratory and practical experience utilizing live animals in a clinical setting.  Students enrolled in the program will receive training in pharmacology, radiology, anesthesiology, surgical assisting, dentistry, nutrition, and veterinary office procedures and will learn how to perform over 130 skill sets deemed essential by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

During the final year of the program, students will intern at three of WCC’s over 20 preceptor clinics and shelters where their skills will be evaluated and critiqued by industry professionals.  Not only does this experience allow students to hone and apply their skills in a real world setting, it will serves as a bridge to future employment.  To date, over 70% of our students have found employment in veterinary practice. Windward Community College is the only college in Hawaii that offers degree and certificate programs for veterinary paraprofessionals.


Program Outcomes

After completing the program, students will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate with clients and veterinary staff.
  • Perform routine business transactions and maintain patient and facility records.
  • Ensure the safety of patients, clients, and staff and maintain compliance with regulatory agencies.
  • Identify common breeds of companion animals, list their nutritional requirements and husbandry needs, and describe the anatomy and functions of major body systems.
  • Assist with physical exams and obtain patient histories.
  • Perform routine nursing procedures including first-aid, wound-management, and administration of medications and vaccines.
  • Develop a working knowledge of common companion animal diseases and their medical treatments.
  • Collect biological samples and perform diagnostic laboratory tests.

Program Mission

The mission of the program is to increase the quality of veterinary care in Hawaii by providing students with essential skills and knowledge that will enable them to obtain rewarding, living-wage jobs in the animal care field.

The major objectives for this program are to:

  1. Train Hawaii's veterinary paraprofessionals to perform essential tasks in the veterinary hospital and lab animal facilities (e.g., administer anesthesia, take and develop radiographs, assist with surgical procedures, dispense medications, perform vital lab tests, and provide client education).
  2. Allow students to obtain industry-recognized credentials that will enable them to obtain employment at veterinary hospitals, lab animal facilities, and research laboratories throughout the United States and Canada.
  3. Meet the current and anticipated workforce needs in Hawaii. There are currently no training opportunities available in Hawaii for students wishing to become veterinarian technicians.

Program Fees

Students in the Veterinary Technology program will be assessed a $300 professional fee per semester, regardless of how many Veterinary Technician courses the student is taking.


Related Links

Windward CC has a transfer agreement with San Juan College, which offers an online Veterinary Technology AAS Degree.

For more information, visit our guide to Veterinary Studies at Windward CC.

 

 

page last updated: November 12, 2013

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