The Hawaiian veterinary community has lost a familiar face and long time veterinarian in November 2019.
Dr. Patrick Leadbeater was born in 1943 in Sussex, England. He was active in the Boy Scouts and loved the outdoors throughout his life. He graduated from the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College of Veterinary College in 1974. His first position was working with Dr. Robert Knowles in Miami, Florida. Dr. Knowles was instrumental in shaping Dr. Leadbeater’s practice.
He moved to Honolulu and worked at the the Animal Emergency Clinic which was located near the current Yanagi Sushi on Kapiolani Blvd. He also worked as a staff veterinarian at the Honolulu Zoo. In 1983, he opened the Veterinary Center of the Pacific on Koapaka Street near the Honolulu International Airport and continued working part-time at the Zoo. In 1991, he purchased the Kahala Pet Hospital from Dr. Wayne Steckelberg and continued his veterinary career until late 2019.
Dr. Leadbeater was instrumental in advancing veterinary medical care in Hawaii. He took on medical and surgical cases that other veterinarians referred to him. This included kidney transplants in cats, pacemaker implantation, TPLO, Total Hip Replacement surgery, and portal caval shunt implants, etc.
Submitted by Richard Fujie, DVM