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The Windward CC Vet Tech program has received
initial accreditation by
the American Veterinary Medical Association

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Next Vet Tech Information Session:   none scheduled

Information Session

Please attend if you are interested in the Veterinary Assisting and Veterinary Technology Program at Windward Community College.

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:

  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Veterinary Assisting certificate, 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.
  • Collect biological samples and perform diagnostic laboratory tests. Upon successful completion of the Veterinary Technology Associate in Science, students will be able to perform all of the above skills plus:
  • Develop a working knowledge of common companion animal diseases and their medical treatments.
  • Utilize radiographic equipment in order to create diagnostic radiographic images.
  • Provide routine dental prophylaxis.
  • Safely and effectively operate and anesthetic delivery equipment and manage patients during all phases of anesthetic procedures.
  • Provide surgical instruments and assist with surgical procedures.


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Program Identification Information

  • OPEID: 01122000
  • CIP (Classification of Instructional Program): 51.0808
  • Creditial Level: 01, Undergraduate Certificate
  • Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): 31-9096 (Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers)
  • Standard Occupational Classification (SOC): 29-2056
  • Veterinary Technologists and Veterinary Technicians