The Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to perform effectively as an assistant in a veterinarian’s office, animal shelter or animal research facility. The two-semester program includes coursework in the physical and life sciences as well as hands-on experience through internships at local veterinary clinics.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this 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.
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.
Required Courses (31 credits)
- First Semester
- Second Semester
- As available
Other Animal Science Courses
- ANSC 190: Veterinary Assisting Internship
- ANSC 252: Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technicians
- ANSC 253: Applied Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians
- ANSC 262: Clinical Procedures for Large Animals
- ANSC 263: Laboratory Animal Procedures
- Program Cost and Employment Information
- Spotlight on the Veterinary Assistant Program posted April 27, 2009
- Veterinary Studies information page - including a list of members of the Advisory Committee