Program Overview

  • Location
  • Tuition
  • Program Length
    1.5 years
  • Certification Type
    Certificate of Achievement

Program Description

Windward Community College provides two options for its Veterinary Assisting program: an on-campus program for Oʻahu residents seeking in-person classes and a hybrid program designed for students living on neighbor islands. The hybrid program includes in-person labs a few times per semester, and accommodates neighbor island students with all-day fast-track labs.

The program offers students the opportunity to pursue a three-semester Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting. This certificate equips students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel as veterinary assistants. For those looking to further their education, the option to pursue an Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology is available. However, admission into the second year of the program is selective and requires a competitive application process.

The program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Degrees & Certificates

Certificate of Achievement – Veterinary Assisting (31 credits) – Tuition: $4,061
Associate of Science – Veterinary Technology (42 credits) – Tuition: $5,502

In addition to tuition, students can expect additional fees for the Veterinary Assisting program, including $400 per semester, $2,000 for books, $200 for uniforms, and $330 for the VTNE credentialing exam.


Upon completion of the Veterinary Assisting program, graduates have various career opportunities in the veterinary field. They can work as veterinary assistants in veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, research laboratories, animal shelters, and other animal care facilities. Graduates may also pursue further education and training to become veterinary technicians or pursue specialized roles in areas such as veterinary surgery, dentistry, or laboratory animal care.

Learn more about Windward Community College’s Veterinary Technology program