During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been amazed seeing the innovation and effort by Hawaii veterinarians as they work to protect their teams, ensure care for animals in need and service to the people of Hawaii and beyond.
The HVMA has been working hard on behalf of members and the animals and citizens of Hawaii during this time. We have successfully advocated for more flexible use of telemedicine to maintain care for animals while keeping people safe. We set up a Facebook group for Hawaii vets to share ideas and information, and host weekly virtual meetings where we discuss the current knowledge about SARS CoV-2, its impact on animals and practices. We have spent many hours each week participating in Hawaii Emergency Management calls to ensure animal needs are being met. Additionally, we were able to secure a grant from Greater Good to bring in 22 pallets of dog and cat food and 4 pallets of litter to be used for COVID-related emergency sheltering or for pet owners in need due to the financial hardship so many are currently facing.Read Aleisha's full message here.