Dr. Eric Ako has served as the HVMA Executive Vice President since 1987. Over the past 30 years, Eric has grown the HVMA annual conference into a wonderful resource attracting well-known speakers and attendees from all over the world. In serving Hawaii’s local VMA chapter, he has advocated for legislation benefiting and strengthening the veterinary profession and our ability to care for Hawaii’s animals and protect human health.
Eric Ako also opened The Pet Doctor veterinary clinic in Kahala in 1987, where he has treated companion animals with a special interest in avian medicine. Seeing the needs of the smaller outer islands, he extended his veterinary services to Lanai, and offers regular veterinary care including spay/neuter surgeries to Lanai residents several times a month. He also serves as the veterinarian for the Lanai Cat Sanctuary.