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Latest News from HVMA

  • ALERT: Police Impersonator Scams August 11, 2018
    Please note there have been multiple reports of a scammer calling local vets’ offices and cell phones impersonating the police. They have used the name of Captain David Chang. The Honolulu Police Department recommends that if a veterinarian receives a phone call from a police officer to be wary and ask for their badge number … Continue reading "ALERT: P […]
  • RVT in Hawaii FAQs July 22, 2018
    WHAT DOES THIS LAW DO? This is a title protection law only. Meaning that, as of July 1, 2018, only people who have registered with the state of Hawaii can use the title veterinary technician, vet tech, CVT, LVT, or RVT. This includes on name tags, websites, business cards, etc. All staff members can perform … Continue reading "RVT in Hawaii FAQs" […]
  • Meet Your Board: Aleisha Swartz, President-Elect July 22, 2018
    Dr. Aleisha Swartz graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After beginning her career in small animal private practice, Aleisha transitioned to shelter medicine in 2010 and since that time has worked with a variety of shelters, rescues, and spay-neuter programs. Aleisha currently serves as the Outreach […]

Legislative Alerts

  • RVT in Hawaii FAQs July 22, 2018
    WHAT DOES THIS LAW DO? This is a title protection law only. Meaning that, as of July 1, 2018, only people who have registered with the state of Hawaii can use the title veterinary technician, vet tech, CVT, LVT, or RVT. This includes on name tags, websites, business cards, etc. All staff members can perform … Continue reading "RVT in Hawaii FAQs" […]

From Hawaii State Legislature: Measures of Interest to Veterinary Professionals

SB802 RELATING TO ANIMALS. Creates licensing requirements and regulations for animal rescue entities; provides enforcement and penalties for violations:


HB185  RELATING TO ANIMALS. Establishes licensing requirement for dog breeders and clarifies and strengthens laws pertaining to abandonment of or cruelty to animals.


SB158 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS. Requires the governor to establish puuhonua safe zones where homeless persons may reside. Appropriates funds. Section 1(e) establishes that animal companions of homeless persons shall be permitted in puuhona safe zones. 


HB151 RELATING TO OFFENSES INVOLVING THE CONFINEMENT OR RESTRAINT OF DOGS. Establishes the criminal offense of unlawful confinement or restraint of a dog to enhance related offenses under the cruelty to animals law and provide standards for the use of tethers and enclosures for dogs.


HB55 RELATING TO ANIMALS. Prohibits certain restraints and tethers that endanger or deny sustenance to a dog. Specifies penalties.