WCC Opens New Annex For Veterinary Studies
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.