The three-year hybrid program is ideal for students who wish to complete their veterinary technology training while they continue working in a veterinary facility. Students complete their lecture courses online and attend in-person labs. O‘ahu students come to campus weekly or for all-day labs a few times per semester while neighbor island students will fly to O‘ahu to attend all-day fast-track labs.

Attendance at an information session is required in order to enroll in the veterinary technology program and register for classes.  View the information session schedule to find a date and time that works for you.

First year

The first year of the program is the three-semester Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting (VETA), designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to perform effectively as a vet assistant in the veterinary field. Students must complete all VETA courses and go through a competitive application process to be accepted into the second year.

Second and third year

The second/third year Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology (VETT) prepares students for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) to become a credentialed vet tech. This five-semester program includes Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters.

A typical week

Hybrid program students will continue working in a veterinary facility while they participate in animal science (ANSC) courses and labs in a distance learning format. They will watch lecture videos, complete individual and group assignments, and take quizzes and tests online. O‘ahu students will attend weekly lab courses on campus at Windward Community College. Neighbor island students will fly to O‘ahu two to three times during the semester for all day, intensive, hands-on labs.

What you’ll get out of the program

Students enrolled in the program will receive training in pharmacology, radiology, anesthesiology, surgical assisting, dentistry, nutrition, and veterinary office procedures. You 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, you will intern twice at clinics and shelters where your skills will be evaluated and critiqued by industry professionals. This experience allows you to apply and hone your skills in a real-world setting. It also serves as a bridge to future careers—more than 70% of our graduates have found employment in veterinary practice. Windward Community College is the only college in Hawai‘i that offers degree and certificate programs for veterinary paraprofessionals.

Our mission

The mission of the program is to increase the quality of veterinary care in Hawai‘i 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 Hawai‘i