February 01, 2014


 Hawaii VMA

Posted Jan. 15, 2014 
  Dr. Diane Shepherd​    Dr. Sharman Elison
Event: 60th annual meeting, Nov. 7-10, 2013, Honolulu
Business: Dr. Harold T. Trimmer, AVMA District X representative, spoke about pharmacies dispensing veterinary pharmaceuticals, excess capacity in the veterinary workforce, humane slaughter policies, and Partners for Healthy Pets. As a result of campaigns by the HVMA in 2013, a bill was passed requiring pharmacists to take a veterinary pharmacology class; continuing education requirements were established; and the veterinary technician program at Windward Community College was accredited. Goals for 2014 include the establishment of legal recognition of veterinary technicians and the passage of a Hawaii exemption to mandatory drug reporting. Members were requested to report difficulties with navigating the state’s website. Representatives of the newly established Hawaii Veterinary Technician Association spoke on goals and membership.
Officials: Drs. Diane Shepherd, Kihei, president; Sharman Elison, Kaneohe, president-elect; Jan Chouljian, Kailua, vice president; Eric Ako, Honolulu, executive vice president; Jill Yoshicedo, Kailua, secretary; Karin Fujitani, Honolulu, treasurer; and AVMA delegate and alternate delegate—Drs. Cordell Chang, Honolulu, and Laurel Rhodes, Kailua