Please attend if you are interested in the Veterinary Assisting and Veterinary Technology Program at Windward Community College.
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 veterinary technicians.
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Program Identification Information
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
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.
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 200 skill sets deemed essential by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
During the final year of the program, students will intern at two of WCC’s over 30 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.
Graduates Veterinary Technician National Examination Pass Rate
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
Number of eligible first-time candidates
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE
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VETA program is now being offered on the island of Hawai'i through Windward Community College as part of a distance education cohort. See Details