Animal Clinic of Honolulu

Animal Clinic of Honolulu is a full-service veterinary medical facility located in Honolulu, HI. The professional and courteous staff at Animal Clinic of Honolulu seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients.

We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Animal Clinic of Honolulu strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to Honolulu, HI and surrounding areas.

Please take a moment to contact us today to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out more information about how Animal Clinic of Honolulu can serve the needs of you and your cherished pet.
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  • 1048 Koko Head Ave.
  • Honolulu,HI 96816
  • Phone: (808) 670-1303
  • Phone: (808) 734-0255
  • Fax: (808) 735-1937
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  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 5:30pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sun: Closed
  • For after hours emergency care: VERC 735-7735
  • Matt Leara, DVM

    Veterinarian
    Dr. Matt Leara was raised in a small town outside St. Louis, Missouri.  He graduated veterinary school from the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine.  He immediately moved to Denver, Colorado and worked at a large, 10 doctor small animal practice for the next 6 years. It was at this job that he met his future wife, and together they gained invaluable experience developing their medical and surgical skills.  They helped the practice become a Veterinary Economics Hospital of the Year award winner.  In 2004, they moved to San Diego, California, and were happy to be a part of another Veterinary Hospital of the Year award winner.  After 5 1/2 years in San Diego, they had the opportunity to follow their dream and purchase a practice.  They look forward to building Animal Clinic of Honolulu into a premier hospital that exceeds the standards of care for your four legged family members.  In his spare time, Dr. Leara enjoys watching and playing sports, especially baseball, golf, football, and basketball.  He enjoys hiking, camping, water sports, and many other outdoor activities.  At home he spends his free time with his wife and 2 young daughters.  Following close behind will be Beau, a 2 year Golden Retriever, and Leia, a 2 year old Schnauzer mix.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1998
    Education:
    DVM, University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    Penn HIP certified, Surgery and Stem Cell Therapy
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  • Kristin Kunimoto, DVM

    Veterinarian
    Kristin grew up in Honolulu and always knew she wanted to become a veterinarian. She worked kennel shifts in high school which solidified her goals to be an animal advocate and enrich the human-animal bond. Kristin attended a liberal arts college knowing she would be practicing medicine later in life. She majored in Spanish Literature, lived in Spain and traveled through Europe during her junior year in college. She even brushed up on her people skills waitressing in Boston at a local pizzeria.  Kristin attended Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and worked in state-of-the-art small animal practices in Colorado and San Diego before moving home to Honolulu. She and her husband always dreamed of owning their own practice and it became a reality in January 2010 with Animal Clinic of Honolulu. Kristin loves spending time with her family and Golden Retriever Beau and her rescue Schnauzer mix Leia. She also loves traveling the world, all outdoor activities, relaxing on the beach, yoga, piano, playing bingo, and hula. She loves being a veterinarian and hopes to meet your wonderful companion soon!
    Years in Practice:
    May 16, 1999
    Education:
    DVM, Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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  • Karen Park, DVM

    Veterinarian

    Karen was born and raised on Oahu.  She always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian even as a kid, when she would jump the neighbor's fence just to peel ticks off the dogs.  She graduated from Punahou and received her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science at UC Davis.  She then achieved her Veterinary degree from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.  She completed additional training before returning back home to the island.  One year of training was at the premier specialty hospital in Southern California, Veterinary Specialty Hospital.  The next year she spent in a surgical internship at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center.  She joined our team at Animal Clinic of Honolulu in 2016.  Dr. Park has 2 dogs, a long-haired dachshund named Nalu and a rescued 3-legged Laborador Retriever named Kuma.  She enjoys spending time with her family and beautiful baby girl.  She also enjoys golfing, surfing, yoga, hiking, going to the beach or any outdoor activity.  Her goal is to snowboard on Mauna Kea and surf all within the same day.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Education:
    DVM, Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Interests:
    Surgery, Emergency Medicine
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  • Amelia

    Reception Supervisor
    Amelia joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu's reception team in September of 2011. Originating from the Bay Area of California, Amelia moved to Hawaii at the age of 4 where she grew up on both the Windward and Leeward sides of Oahu.  Amelia received her high school diploma from Mililani High School in 1998 and in 2002 she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  After receiving her degree, Amelia relocated to San Francisco, California where she managed the customer service department of Pets Unlimited, a 24 hour Non-Profit Veterinary Hospital, Shelter and Adoption Center.  Amelia is passionate about animal welfare and enjoys providing assistance and support to both the animal community and to pet guardians.  Amelia resides in Honolulu with her husband Steven and her 2 daughters.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 07, 2002
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  • Charlynn

    Veterinary Assistant
    Charlynn is originally from Honolulu, but lived on the mainland for 4 years. She has had animals her entire life and currently has 2 dogs and 7 cats. She loves all of them very much and they are her children.  In her spare time she loves to do crossword puzzles, read, and listen to rock music. Her wish is to visit England one day.
    Years in Practice:
    May 16, 2009
  • Lyla

    Reception Staff
    Lyla has 3 children and enjoys playing with her many cats.  She has been working at Animal Clinic of Honolulu since 2010.  Her future goals are to learn to play the guitar and piano, and to continue working with animals.
    Years in Practice:
    Feb 01, 2010
  • Daniel

    Technical Staff

    Daniel joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu in August 2013.  Daniel has been in the veterinary field for 10+ years with an interest in obedience training.  He has experience with small, large and exotic animals; he was one of the technicians at the Honolulu Zoo.   In his spare time, he focuses on obedience training and dog shows.  He enjoys taking his dogs Dolly, Fanta, Bailey, and Sophie to the beach and being attacked by his cat Steve. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Sara

    Technical Staff
    Sara joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu in 2016.   She is a Registered 
    Veterinary Technician
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
  • Hannah

    Certified Veterinary Assistant 

    Hannah is from Honolulu and joined our staff in December 2016.  She is a certified Veterinary Assistant.  She is attending WCC for Veterinary Technology.  She had also worked at Poi Dogs and Popoki and the OSPCA.  She has an 18 pound black domestic shorthair named Crash that she spoils along with the help of her parents.  Crash is very active and loves to explore the outdoors.  Hannah hopes to complete her degree in veterinary technology and eventually start a service/therapy animal dispatch service.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
  • Ashley

    Kennel Staff     

    Ashley was born and raised in Hawaii on Oahu.  She graduated from McKinley High School, Kapiolani Community College and UH Manoa.  She is currently also working as a Barista at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.  She recently joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu taking care of all of our wonderful boarders.  She is a cat lover at heart but she also has multiple fish, mainly tetras.  She is also hoping to get a dog in the near future.  In her spare time she loves the outdoors--hiking, swimming, etc.  She also enjoys video games and watching movies.  She hopes to gain a lot of knowledge and hands on experience and learn new things in the treatment area.          

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 02, 2016
    Education:
    Kapiolani Community College; UH Manoa
  • Olivia

    Reception Staff

    Olivia was born and raised in Honolulu.  She graduated from Kalani High School class of 2007.  She then graduated from UH Manoa and received her B.S. in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science but decided to change paths and follow her passion to go back to school to become a Veterinary technician.  She is currently also working as an informal recreation manager at the warrior recreation center but also joined our family in May, 2017.  She has 2 sisters, one of which is an identical twin.  She also has a spoiled Shar Pei Terrier named Nala who is 7 years old.  In her free time, Olivia loves to lift weights at the gym and set P.R.'s.  She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, and taking Nala to the beach.
    Years in Practice:
    May 15, 2017
    Education:
    B.S. Kinesiology and Rehab Science
  • Candice

    Technician Staff

    Candice was born and raised on Oahu.  She recently joined the Animal Clinic of Honolulu Staff in July after graduating from Veterinary Technician School at Windward Community College.  She has a small farm at home with 2 rescue birds (a Bulbul and a Zebra Dove) and her 2 cats.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend.
    Years in Practice:
    Jul 17, 2017
  • Sophia

    Reception/Kennel Staff

    Sophia was born and raised in Honolulu.  She graduated from Roosevelt High School and received her associates degree from KCC.  She is interested in the veterinary technician program at Windward Community College.  She also works at Diane Von Furstenberg as a fashion merchandising stylist.  Sophia has a family dog named Gakkdugi (which means radish kimchi in Korean) whom she considers a brother.  She and her fiance also have a little Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix named Luna whom they consider their daughter.  Both dogs were adopted and are loved like children.  In her free time, Sophia has many interests and hobbies but her favorite ones are drawing/sketching art and reading novels.  Her goal is to become a veterinary technician so she can be in the medical field and make a difference in animals' lives.
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 08, 2017
  • Robert

    Kennel Staff
    Years in Practice:
    May 26, 2018
  • Megan

    Exam Room Assistant
    Years in Practice:
    May 26, 2018
  • Megan

    Kennel Staff

    Megan was born and raised here on Oahu.  She attended Sacred Hearts Academy and graduated in 2014.  She spent 2 years at Poi Dogs Daycare and Boarding taking care of large groups of dogs.  She also spent some time working with students at Ali'iolani Elementary School and Saint Louis High School.  She has a large family with 2 older brothers and 2 nephews and 2 nieces.  Her 4 legged family members include two terrier mixes and 5 cats.  If you included all the strays she takes care of she would have over 15 cats!  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and animals.  She also enjoys shopping and reading along with binge watching her favorite shows on Netflix.  Her goal is to travel a lot and to try new foods from all over the world.  She would also like to someday be involved in animal rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing.

    Years in Practice:
    May 26, 2018
  • Karen

    Technician Staff
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 03, 2018
  • Jojo

    Kennel Staff
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 03, 2018
  • Natalie

    Exam Room Assistant

    Natalie is a Diamond Head area resident who earned her B.A. in biology and M.S. in biological oceanography from UH Mānoa. She joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu in October 2018, and she aspires to become a veterinarian. She currently also manages the Biogeochemical Stable Isotope Facility at UH Mānoa. In her free time, she and her husband, Meyer, enjoy taking their daughter, MJ, and loveable poi dog, Pinkerton, to the beach and on hikes. 
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 22, 2018
  • Brittany

    Reception Staff

    Brittany joined Animal Clinic of Honolulu in November of 2018.  She is from Wentzville, Missouri and moved to Hawaii with her boyfriend in July 2018.  She is currently enrolled the Penn Foster College Program to become a Veterinary Technician.  She has a French Bulldog named Harley and in her spare time has really enjoyed exploring the island.  So far her two favorite things to do in Hawaii are going to the beach and hiking.
    Years in Practice:
    Nov 17, 2018