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.
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.
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...
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!
Check out the video featuring Dr. Will Coleman and Dr. Erika Sox on our Facebook page!
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!
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.
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
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.
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 oncology 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.
Tuesday, July 23
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
“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.”