The two-year, face-to-face program is ideal for students who wish to complete their veterinary technology training in a full-time, in-person format.

To declare your major and register for classes, please attend an Information Session. There is no need to RSVP and family or friends are welcome to join you. Plan on staying for about 90 minutes.

First year

The first year of the program is the 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 year

The second 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 three-semester program includes Summer, Fall, and Spring semesters.

A typical week

In a typical week, students attend animal science (ANSC) lecture and lab courses during the day, Monday through Friday. The courses use traditional classroom instruction, and intensive hands-on laboratory and practical experience with live animals in a clinical setting. Students also complete support courses such as speech and math.

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 Hawaiiʻs 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