Session about vet assisting program
Windward Community College is preparing more graduates to enter Hawaii’s veterinary workforce by expanding its Veterinary Assisting Certificate program to Maui. The WCC Veterinary Assisting program will begin at University of Hawaii Maui College in January.
Students can attend a free information session at 7 p.m. Thursday at UH-Maui College, Laulima Room 108. Students will learn about the curriculum and requirements.
The Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting on Maui – offered from January through December 2016 – 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 three-semester, 31-credit hybrid program includes online coursework in the life sciences, as well as hands-on experience through labs and internships at local veterinary clinics.
“Historically, 80 to 90 percent of students get jobs right away, and some students in the program are getting hired by clinics even before they graduate,” said WCC Chancellor Doug Dykstra.