A purr-fect urgent care facility for pets
Pets are members of our family, and when they become seriously ill or suffer an injury, we want them cared for immediately.
Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii (VERC Hawaii) specializes in just those types of emergency situations. It is the state’s first and only independent 24-hour emergency and specialty veterinary care facility. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, VERC Hawaii is available to treat patients at times when many veterinary clinics are closed.
Dr. William Coleman, president and director of emergency medicine, and Dr. Erika Sox, board certified internist, vice president and director of specialty medicine, founded VERC Hawaii in 2012.
“We saw an opportunity,” said Coleman. “It was just Erika and I at first; she worked seven days a week, and I worked seven nights a week.”
Unlike many veterinary practices, VERC Hawaii does not employ any general practitioners and does not offer any common services such as spaying, neutering, dental work or vaccinations. VERC Hawaii’s specialists take referrals from other vets for complex surger-
ies, as well as the diagnosis, treatment and management of cancer and other complex diseases, multiple chronic or unusual illnesses.
VERC Hawaii’s emergency doctors see a variety of cases, including vehicular trauma, bite wounds, toxicities, respiratory emergencies, heart failure, seizures, feline urinary blockages and foreign body ingestion. All VERC Hawaii specialists also are board certified and all of the company’s emergency doctors have extensive experience and training specifically in emergency medicine.
To help better treat its patients, Name: Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii Address: 1347 Kapiolani Blvd., No.103, Honolulu, HI 96814
735-7735 VERC Hawaii has an impressive array of medical hardware, including two endoscopy towers, a CT Scan and a fluoroscope to perform advanced diagnostics and minimally invasive procedures. Additionally, the facility has exclusive access to an off-site MRI.
“We see lots of unique situations,” said Coleman. “That’s what really interests me, the diversity of the cases. It’s a learning experience every day.”
Under the direction of its passionate president, VERC Hawaii employs staff that applies the same care to its patients. The facility currently employs 11 doctors and five emergency room doctors. There also is the intention to add another emer- gency room doctor, soon. Other future plans include expanding facilities and providing more parking.
While working at a practice specializing in emergencies and serious illness easily can take its toll on many veterinarians, Coleman tries to focus on the good he and his team are doing.
“We deal with a lot of sadness and end-of-life decisions,” he said. “Some people can’t handle that sort of thing. But it does make you feel good when an animal is no longer suffering.”
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Staffers offer an array of specific and advanced services for pets.