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Latest News from HVMA

  • Open Nominations 2018 May 10, 2018
    HVMA Board Member Elections 2018 President-Elect Vice President Secretary Treasurer Hawaii County Representatives (2) Maui County Representative (1) Executive Vice-President More information about board positions may be found in our bylaws. You may also contact the nominating committee or any current board member if you have further questions. Please submit […]
  • Message from the President Vol 2, 2018 May 10, 2018
    May 2018 Dear Colleagues, Our annual Hawaii Pet Expo will be held this weekend on May 12-13th. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help put on this popular event. We expect over 10,000 attendees and can still use your help! If you have a couple free hours this weekend to stop … Continue reading "Message from the President Vol 2, 2018
  • Hawaii Pet Expo May 12-13, 2018 May 4, 2018
    Volunteers Needed! The Hawaii Pet Expo is sponsored and organized by the HVMA and will be held from May 12-13th this year. It has been an annual event for over 25 years and is FREE and well received by the public, with an average of 10,000 people attending each year.  The purpose of the Expo … Continue reading "Hawaii Pet Expo May 12-13, 2018"

Legislative Alerts

  • 2018 Legislative Session May 10, 2018
    Legislative Update 2018 Session Bill Summary Status HB2498 Establishes and appropriates funds for one full-time equivalent permanent veterinary medical officer position within the Department of Health. HVMA SUPPORTS. Failed in Senate HB1823 Defines emotional support animals and makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly make a misrepresentation regarding a service […]

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.