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Nov. 2018

VERC Hawaii kicks off rebranding to Ethos Veterinary Health! Here's a sneak peek at our new look. Our materials will start to look a little different, but it is still the same great team behind everything. You will start to see new colors, new imagery and a new logo. We hope you're as excited as we are when you see the final products!

April 2018

VERC Hawaii is acquired by Ethos Veterinary Health

We are extremely pleased to announce that Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of HI (VERC) has joined Ethos Veterinary Health. "Ethos" was formed two years ago, with the intention of revolutionizing the veterinary industry.
Ethos aims to create a unique and impactful science-focused animal health company, emphasizing collaboration and a cultivation of passion for what we do.
Ethos Veterinary Health has grown to 17 hospitals across the country with the acquisition of VERC.ethos veterinary health, ethos acquires VERC, VERC Hawaii
We want you to know that the very same team of caregivers you have come to know and respect, will continue to provide you with compassionate, exceptional, 24-hour emergency services and board-certified specialty care.
VERC opened its doors just over six years ago with the purpose of bringing premium, leading edge veterinary care to Hawaii. We have been equally focused on supporting the local community and providing a positive, rewarding, workplace that provides opportunity for learning and advancement.
We have worked hard to earn the trust of Hawaii's referring veterinarians and to serve as a reliable pet-care resource and partner. Guided by our values and expertise, we have treated many thousands of your beloved family members. We have always sought to continue this path of advancing the standard of care and providing you with the best services available.
As such, this partnership has its foundation in shared values, unyielding commitment to excellence in veterinary health care, and superior client service. Ethos will help VERC continue to improve and expand, so that we can better serve our patients, clients and referring hospitals.
We thank you for your continued support, trust and friendship as we enter the next phase of our journey as Hawaii's first and finest emergency and specialty veterinary hospital.
Learn more about Ethos Veterinary Health at


March 2018

VERC hosts March 22 continuing education event on recent anesthesia literature for area veterinarians

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December 2017

Happy Holidays from VERC Hawaii!

October 2017

VERC hosts Nov. 14 continuing education event on wound management for area veterinarians 


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September 2017

VERC welcomes Dr. Maureen Jay, Practice Limited to Surgery, to the specialty team

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July 2017

VERC hosts August 17 continuing education event on canine epilepsy for area veterinarians 

June 2017

VERC Hawaii's wonder dog, Cheddar, featured in latest edition of Island Dog Magazine

March 2017

VERC hosts April 4 continuing education event on insulin resistance for area veterinarians 

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February 2017

VERC creates referral coordinator position, welcomes Danae Davis to its team

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January 2017

VERC Hawaii celebrates five years of high-tech, high-touch veterinary care in Honolulu
Now hiring for all positions

After filling a major void in Hawaii’s veterinary care space, Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii (VERC) is celebrating five years of veterinary specialty and emergency services in Honolulu. The practice uses both high-tech and high-touch approaches to care for the nearly 20,000 pets it has treated since Jan. 2012.five years VERC, VERC anniversary, VERC pet referral

The hospital employs six emergency veterinarians, six board-certified veterinary specialists, 24 veterinary technicians, and 26 support staff in its 7,000 square foot facility. And VERC is hiring for all positions, a task that proves sometimes challenging in Hawaii. Openings include veterinary technicians, technician assistants, a medical equipment manager and specialty doctors.

“We operate our practice with a commitment to the highest quality patient care and focus on a premium client experience,” says Chris Frendreis, VERC’s director of operations. “We aim to enhance the duration and quality of our patients lives, when possible, through excellence in diagnostics and treatments, administered by our caring and devoted team.”

Frendreis says VERC has filled a long-time gap in veterinary care in Hawaii. “We’ve been proud to create and build this important and much-needed practice – the first and finest of its kind here ever - in service of Hawaii’s pets,” he says.

VERC is Hawaii’s first 24-hour veterinary emergency + specialty hospital and the only facility of its kind serving the pets of Hawaii. The hospital provides advanced veterinary diagnostics and treatment, offering the most comprehensive, progressive and compassionate patient care available with specialized equipment exclusive to VERC.

VERC provides 24-hour emergency and critical care services and specialty care and treatment including board-certified internal medicine, surgery, radiology, interventional radiology, oncology, pain management and anesthesiology. Its facility includes an in-house laboratory with digital x-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy, fluoroscopy, laparoscopy and CT scan and exclusive access to off-site MRI.

VERC’s team of board-certified specialists and highly-trained emergency doctors see appointments by referral from family veterinarians across the state of Hawaii. The facility is open and fully staffed for emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The practice is owned and operated by veterinarians and entrepreneurs Dr. Will Coleman, emergency veterinarian, and Dr. Erika Sox, board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist. Dr. Graham Burns, board-certified radiologist, provides radiology consulting to VERC.

For more information, contact VERC at 808-735-7735, or

September 2016

VERC Sponsors Hawaiian Humane Society's Pet Walk

Join us at this year's Hawaiian Humane Society Pet Walk at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20 at Magic Island. VERC Hawaii is a major Best in Show Sponor of the event. VERC will once again have doctors and staff at the event as we enjoy a beautiful day with our pets and friends in support of the Hawaiian Humane Society. We will have a balloon sculptor for the keiki and free goodies for you and your furry companions at our booth. It’s fun, and it’s for a great cause! We hope to see you there...

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August 2016

VERC hosts Aug. 16 continuing education event for area veterinarians

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July 2016

VERC offers electrochemotherapy to cancer patients

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April 2016

VERC hosts May 9 continuing education event for area veterinarians

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Jan. 2016

VERC schedules Feb. 2 continuing education event for area veterinarians

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Dec. 2015

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Oct. 2015

Welcoming Dr. Melissa Beyer, emergency veterinarian to our emergency team

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VERC schedules fall continuing education event for area DVMs

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Aug. 2015

VERC schedules summer continuing education event for area DVMs

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July 2015

VERC welcomes Sharon Gottfried, VMD, board-certified small animal surgery

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June 2015

VERC featured in business section, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

READ full article online

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May 2015

Hawaii Pet Expo

April 2015

VERC schedules spring continuing education event for area DVMs

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January 2015

VERC Hawaii welcomes Dr. Edward R. Maher, Jr. to its board-certified internal medicine specialty team


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January 2015

VERC Hawaii participates in T-Cell Lymphoma Clinical Experience Program

January 2015

VERC Hawaii hosts fall continuing education event for area DVMs

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September 2014

The Hawaiian Humane Society's Pet Walk is Oct. 12

Join VERC Hawaii at the Hawaiian Humane Society's (HHS) Pet Walk event, 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Magic Island, Ala Moana Park, Honolulu. VERC Hawaii is a "Pack Leader" sponsor this year, supporting the important work of HHS in our community. Visit HHS's Pet Walk website for more information on how to get involved. 

See you there!

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VERC Hawaii welcomes Dr. Deborah Fine, board-certified cardiology, to its specialty team

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August 2014

VERC Hawaii takes part in a Hawaii National Bank's TV commercial

Check out the video featuring Dr. Will Coleman and Dr. Erika Sox on our Facebook page!

July 2014

VERC Hawaii was named Best Veterinarian in 2014 by Honolulu Magazine.

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Area veterinarians, join us for our next continuing education event:

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May 2014

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April 2014

Our Hospital is GROWING + EXPANDING!

​Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii has been providing 24-hour emergency care and board-certified specialty care to Hawaii’s pets for just over two years. We are very pleased to announce the completion of our brand new specialty procedures area and two brand new operating rooms.

Both of these operating theatres are clean rooms with Laminar Air Flow, built to allow for the most complex and demanding orthopedic or neurologic surgical cases. 

The demand for our services and the confidence of the area’s veterinary community has required us to add additional work space to the hospital. This new addition has enabled us to increase the size of our existing ICU and emergency work area, as well as the number of kennels that we have for hospitalized pets by about 100%. 

We now have designated areas for all of our existing specialties including internal medicine, oncology, and surgery. 

Radiology has acquired a new space exclusively designated for the operation of our CT scanner.

We have added a fourth exam room as well, with the intent of seeing more clients in less time.

We have listened to the community, and we are hoping to acquire other requested specialties. VERC will always work hard to be at the forefront of Veterinary Medicine here in the state of Hawaii.  The opening of our new addition is just one step in the effort to provide your pets with the highest standard of care available today.  

Rest assured that we will always do whatever is needed to provide your pets with the best care possible medically as well as technologically!  

March 2014

VERC Hawaii Underwrites Hawaii Public Radio

In an effort to stay connected in the community and show our support for public radio, Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii is running a series of spots on Hawaii Public Radio this spring. 

Listeners who visit our website and opt-into our mailing list are entered into a drawing to win either a FREE microchip from the Hawaiian Humane Society or a FREE $150 Visa gift card. 

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Dec. 2013

Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii Receives 2013 Best of Honolulu Award
Honolulu Award Program Honors Achievements

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HONOLULU December 11, 2013 -- Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii has been selected for the 2013 Best of Honolulu Award in the Animal Hospital category by the Honolulu Award Program.

Each year, the Honolulu Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Honolulu area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Honolulu Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Honolulu Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Honolulu Award Program
The Honolulu Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Honolulu area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Honolulu Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Honolulu Award Program

Dec. 2013

VERC welcomes Dr. Erin McNally to our emergency team

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Dr.  Erin McNally was born in Kahuku but grew up in St. Augustine, Florida before eventually going to veterinary school at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine (UF-CVM). She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the UF-CVM in 2005.  At that point, she ventured up north for one year to do an internship in emergency medicine and critical care in Massachusetts before returning to UF to do a residency in anesthesia and pain management. Dr. McNally completed her specialty training and became boarded in anesthesia and pain management in 2009.  She then packed up her bags and her two dogs and went to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts to teach anesthesia at the veterinary school on the island. She lived and taught on the island for three and half years before deciding to return to her hometown of St. Augustine in December 2012. Dr. McNally worked for a year at an emergency clinic in St. Augustine, while at the same time becoming certified in Veterinary Chinese Acupuncture. She returned to Hawaii in December 2013 to practice emergency medicine and anesthesia at the Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii. 

Aug. 2013

Hawaii’s first veterinary emergency + specialty centeris growing and expanding!

Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii (VERC) welcomes Dr. Courtney Watkins, board-certified surgeon, to our surgical staff. Dr. Watkins will incorporate new and exciting techniques into our existing surgical program. New procedures include thoracoscopy, laparoscopy, arthroscopy, and ureteral stenting.

Also, we are proud to announce the addition of our oncology department and welcome Dr. Sarah McMillan, Hawaii’s first board-certified veterinary oncologist, to our team. VERC’s new Dr. Sarah McMillan, hawaii pet cancer, honolulu pet canceroncology service will offer cancer diagnosis and staging, chemotherapy, melanoma vaccine, client education and follow up,and urethral stent placement.

We are committed to providing collaborative management of oncology cases; new and improved chemotherapy treatment options; consultations for referring veterinarians working with cancer patients in their own practices; and ongoing education opportunities.

For surgery cases and referrals, clients and referring veterinarians can expect innovative surgical interventions from VERC that will minimize discomfort and recovery time for patients; continued expert management of soft tissue, oncologic, neurologic, orthopedic and reconstructive surgical cases; and ongoing education opportunities.

Finally, our facility at 1347 Kapiolani Blvd. is expanding. Construction will begin this fall to greatly increase the size of our procedures area and surgical suites and double the size of our ICU.

VERC specializes in emergency services, surgery, internal medicine, oncology and diagnostic imaging for pets across Hawaii. Our emergency service is staffed with highly-trained veterinarians who help us provide outstanding patient care 24/7.

Our facility is equipped with in-house laboratory equipment, digital x-ray, ultrasound, endoscopy, laparoscopy and CT scan, and we have access to off-site MRI.

July 2013

Meet Dr. Courtney Watkins and learn more about "Minimally-Invasive Surgery in Small Animals" at VERC Hawaii's first continuing education event.

6-9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23Dr. Courtney Watkins, hawaii veterinary surgery, hawaii pet surgery

Tsukiji Fish Market & Restaurant
(1450 Ala Moana Blvd. #4250, Honolulu, HI 96814)

Island veterinarians are invited to an evening CE lecture and dinner hosted by Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii (VERC) and sponsored by Honolulu Veterinary Society. The lecture will be presented by VERC's new board-certified surgeon, Dr. Courtney Watkins.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 19.

Dinner will be provided, and the lecture will cover minimally-invasive procedures such as
thoracoscopy and laparoscopy.

April/May 2013

JOIN US at Hawaii Pet Expo - Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12

Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall, 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814

Come for a VISIT!

Sit for a PHOTO!

Stay for a TREAT!

at the VERC Hawaii Booth

January 2013

Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii (VERC) Celebrates Our One-Year Anniversary

The owners, veterinarians and staff at VERC are proud to celebrate our one-year anniversary this month. As Hawaii's first veterinary emergency and specialty center, we have served pets all over the island with expert emergency and specialty care and built important relationships with area family veterinarians and the clients they serve.

And as we begin 2013 and look toward this year and beyond, VERC is growing and flourishing. We have exciting plans underway for our facility and will be adding new services to our offerings as the next several months unfold.

Thank you to all our pets and partners for making VERC of Hawaii come to life in 2012 with such vitality and promise. We are thrilled about what's to come and look forward to many more opportunities to serve our animal community and their families with kindness and compassion and in support of their health and well-being.

Fall 2012

Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii featured in Island Dog Magazine

May 14, 2012

Board-certified veterinary surgeon joins VERC

Honolulu, HI….After opening its doors in January, Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center (VERC) of Hawaii continues to grow and has added surgery services to its menu of veterinary specialty care.

Doug Rohn, DVM, joined VERC’s staff this spring as a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Using a team approach and 24-hour care, Dr. Rohn works to facilitate the best outcomes for his patients.

“I am excited to bring a high level of patient care and veterinary surgery expertise to the pets of Hawaii,” said Dr. Rohn. “In addition to providing the best surgical experience for each patient, my goal is to ensure that every patient’s family is a fully-informed partner in the management of their pet’s illness.”

VERC’s surgery services include:

  • treatment/surgery for orthopedic disease
  • thoracic surgery
  • abdominal surgery
  • neurologic surgery
  • oncologic surgery
  • skin and reconstructive surgery

VERC ‘s advanced veterinary diagnostic and treatment facility offers the most comprehensive, progressive and compassionate patient care available in Hawaii.

VERC’s team of board-certified specialists and highly-trained emergency doctors see appointments by referral from family veterinarians. The facility is open and fully-staffed for emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The practice is owned and operated by Will Coleman, DVM, emergency veterinarian, and Erika Sox, DVM, Hawaii’s only board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist. Graham Burns, DVM, Oahu’s only board-certified radiology specialist, provides radiology consulting to VERC.

For more information, contact VERC at 808-735-7735.

January 16, 2012

Hawaii’s first 24-hour veterinary emergency + specialty hospital opens 

Honolulu, HI….There’s a new vet in town. And it’s a whole new breed of care for Hawaii’s pets and their families.

Next week, Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii (VERC) will open the doors to its newly-remodeled, state-of-the-art facility at 1347 Kapiolani Blvd. in the heart of Honolulu.

VERC is an advanced veterinary diagnostic and treatment center, offering the most comprehensive, progressive and compassionate patient care available in Hawaii.

VERC’s team of board-certified specialists and highly-trained emergency doctors see appointments by referral from family veterinarians and is open and fully-staffed for emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The practice is owned and operated by Dr. Will Coleman, emergency veterinarian, and Dr. Erika Sox, Hawaii’s only board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist. Dr. Graham Burns, Oahu’s only board-certified radiology specialist, provides radiology consulting to VERC.

VERC offers:
Emergency Services + Critical Care
Will Coleman, DVM
  • trauma care
  • emergency surgery
  • intensive care
  • post-operative care/monitoring
  • blood and plasma transfusion
  • in-house laboratory
  • overnight care
  • digital x-ray
  • oxygen therapy
  • EKG
Specialty Care - Internal Medicine
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  • full-service endoscopy
  • laparoscopic liver biopsy
  • chemotherapy
  • cardiac Holter and event monitoring
  • bone marrow, CSF and joint aspirates
Specialty Care – Radiology
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  • ultrasound
  • echocardiography
  • in-house CT scan
  • MRI (off-site)
  • tracheal and urethral stenting

“We operate our practice with the highest standards and finest care in our new 2,500 square-foot facility outfitted with the latest equipment and techniques,” says Dr. Coleman. “We bring experience, integrity and compassion into our partnership with one another, our communication and care for our clients and their pets, and our relationships with family veterinarians.”