WCC Opens New An­nex For Ve­teri­nary Stud­ies

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Front Page - By CAROL CHANG

Wind­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege re­cently ded­i­cated a new Ve­teri­nary Tech­nol­ogy An­nex, which is good news for Hawaii pets and for those as­pir­ing to heal and help them.

For­merly op­er­at­ing out of old state hos­pi­tal quar­ters, the new 2,000-square-foot an­nex is part of the Hale ‘Imiloa Sci­ence Com­plex. It boasts its own X-ray room, a surgery room with two ta­bles, a canine ward with six ken­nels, a fe­line/ex­otic an­i­mal ward with 16 “pet con­dos” and a large treat­ment room for ex­ams, den­tal clean­ing and blood tests.

Ve­teri­nar­ian John Kaya, who di­rects the WCC pro­gram (and writes a Mid­Week pet col­umn), called it “an op­er­a­tional ve­teri­nary hos­pi­tal mi­nus the wait­ing room and re­cep­tion area.”

The only pro­gram in the state to award a vet tech de­gree, WCC re­quires an in­ten­sive two-year study with 70 class cred­its and many hours of hands-on an­i­mal pro­ce­dures. Cer­tifi­cate pro­grams for ve­teri­nary para­pro­fes­sion­als also are awarded. The Amer­i­can Ve­teri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion gave WCC pro­vi­sional

Gov. Neil Aber­crom­bie and ‘first dog’ Kanoa get a first look at Wind­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege’s new Vet Tech learn­ing fa­cil­ity Jan. 31 with state Sen. Jill Tokuda (left) and Sen. Clay­ton Hee, who bonds with a ‘prac­tice’ dog fol­low­ing the ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­monies. Photo by Peter Tully Owen.

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