A purr-fect ur­gent care fa­cil­ity for pets

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - JOBS - By Bran­don Bos­worth

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-

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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

Phone:

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.”

Con­tact Pa­trick Klein at pklein@starad­ver­tiser.com if you wish to have your com­pany fea­tured in this sec­tion.

Staffers of­fer an ar­ray of spe­cific and ad­vanced ser­vices for pets.

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