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Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center (VERC)

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Emergency & Critical Care

Our Emergency and Critical Care team is on site 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

You know your pet the best. If your pet is hurt or ill, the sooner they are seen by a veterinarian, the better. Prompt medical care at a 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital can alleviate unnecessary suffering and pain for your pet. Our highly-trained, caring veterinary staff is here to provide the best emergency diagnostics and care for your animals in Honolulu and throughout Hawaii.

Our Emergency veterinarians and board-certified Critical Care veterinarians are available 24/7/365, anytime your regular veterinarian is not available or when the scope of the injury/illness requires specialized veterinary skills or equipment. Patients in our ICU are never left unattended and you can rest assured that as your pet recovers, he or she will be cared for at all times.

The team in our emergency and critical care department work with other specialists and your primary care veterinarian to provide the comprehensive care your pet needs.  As Hawaii’s first 24-hour veterinary emergency + specialty hospital, our veterinary hospital utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and technical innovations, that, along with our expert veterinarians and skilled technicians, allow us to provide sound, effective veterinary care for a wide variety of ailments and injuries.


  • Radiography (X-Rays)

  • Tele-radiology capabilities for rapid diagnostic assessment by board certified radiologists 24/7

  • Endoscopy

  • Fluoroscopy

  • Complete in-house laboratory including blood-gas analyzer and coagulation monitor

  • Tonometry for detection of glaucoma

  • EKG

  • Blood pressure monitoring

  • Supplemental oxygen therapy

  • Full anesthesia monitoring including capnography

  • Ultrasound

Helpful Links

What to Do if You Suspect Your Pet Has Eaten Something Toxic?

Gather any packaging or remains of anything that was eaten or suspected of being eaten! This step will help speed up the diagnosis. Please don’t be shy; if it was marijuana or any other embarrassing (or illicit) product, please be honest with our team; it will speed up diagnosis and treatment.

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center(888) 426-4435

Pet Poison Helpline(800) 213-6680

Read our guideline PDF >

Pet-Specific First Aid Kit

We recommend keeping a pet-specific first aid kit in your car as a best practice, just as you would a human-first aid kit. Keep the printout in your kit for when you need to restock.

View our First Aid Kit Checklist >

Our Emergency & Critical Care Team