History and Philosophy


There has long been a need for readily-available, 24-hour emergency and specialty care for the pets of Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Pacific Rim. Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii (VERC) was created to meet these needs and is the first veterinary center of its kind to ever exist in the state of Hawaii. As Honolulu’s first 24-hour veterinary emergency + specialty hospital, our facility provides a valuable resource to area animals, owners, and referring veterinarians, and offers the very best in modern veterinary care.

In 2018, VERC partnered with other high-quality hospitals to become part of the Ethos Veterinary Health family.


To be the premier veterinary specialty and emergency facility in the Hawaiian Islands that sets the standards for all others. Clients and pets will be treated with kindness and professionalism.


To provide the highest standard of emergency and specialty veterinary care to our patients; to provide this care in a welcoming environment and state-of-the-art facility; and to be a reliable resource and partner to the referring veterinary community.

Core Values


Dedicated board-certified specialists and highly-trained emergency professionals provide a collaborative approach to veterinary medicine, supported by state-of-the-art equipment and a knowledgeable nursing staff. In addition to serving the people and pets of Honolulu, we strive to be leaders in the veterinary community and offer the most advanced health care to our patients.


Honesty and integrity are pillars of our practice. We are committed to honest and ethical service. We always endeavor to act in the best interest of our patients and their families.


We promote direct communication and the exchange of ideas between our clients, referring veterinarians, and members of our team. We communicate in a timely and effective manner.


The well-being and comfort of our patients and their families is the primary focus of our efforts. We treat our animal patients like family members.


We are a locally-owned and operated small business with a deep appreciation and love for the community. We invest in our community through support of other local businesses and cooperation with local animal rescue organizations.

Contact VERC today at 808-735-7735 for more information.