Dr. Caren Tamura-Taira grew up on the beautiful countryside of Waianae, Hawaii. From a young age she loved animals and had fishes, rabbits, cats, a pet chicken that was hatched from an egg at school, and “Chummy” her first dog.
After graduating from Mid-Pacific Institute in 1983, Caren did her undergraduate years majoring in microbiology at Colorado State University. She earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science in 1990.
Soon after completing college, she came back to Hawaii to start her dream career as a small animal medicine veterinarian. Caren is currently practicing at the Waipio Pet Clinic and previously was at the Animal Clinic Waimalu for many years.
She enjoys spending time with her family and dog Simba. Whenever there is free time she also enjoys crafting, cooking, hiking and now running in virtual marathons. This is her first year on the HVMA board and she is honored to be a part of the organization. She looks forward to working hard and collaborating with the other members and the veterinary community.