Pre-Veterinary Mentorship Experiences

The attachments below are compiled lists of experiences that you can use in exploring and applying to opportunities of your interest. Please do note that some opportunities may change/adjust their information continuously. Thus, it is important and recommended to contact the organizations to check the opportunities for any updates.


Current Experiences

[Pre-VeterinaryMedicineCurrentExperiences PDF]

Veterinary Experience:

Aloha Animal Hospital

4224 Waialae Ave

Honolulu, HI 96816

(808) 734-2242

  • Hours of Operation: MTRF 8am-5pm, W,S 9am-5pm, S 9am-4pm
  • Contact: Michelle- Leigh R. Suenishi (Hospital Manager) at or Lisa (Office Manager) at
  • Description: Aloha Animal Hospital always welcomes great opportunities and any individual that is interested to learn more. Aloha Animal Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which represents a high quality of animal health care. The mentorship here is customized collaborated effort with the individual and their program. Aloha Animal Hospital operate a high pace, engaging and interactive environment therefore recommend mentee to have the same in mind and spirit. Anyone who is interested in working/volunteering at the Animal Hospital may submit a resume and a letter of interest to Michelle or Lisa.

An initial meeting is coordinated for both parties to interview, realize intentions and commitments. In addition, discussion of the following forms in which they will have seven calendar days to submit completed documents for participation, including;

  • Mentorship Form, details individual’s basic information and commitment
  • SMART Form, specifies the intentions and expectations


King Street Pet Hospital

2016 S King St.

Honolulu, HI 96826

(808) 951-7777

  • Hours of Operation: M-R 7am-7:30pm, F 7am-5:30pm, Sa&S 8am-3pm
  • Contact: Susan Fukumoto (Officer Manager)
  • Description: Looking for volunteers and work employees to come down to learn and fulfill tasks for the hospital (i.e. cleaning, sterilizing packs, laundry, fecal/lab work, and shadowing appointments/surgeries). If interested, please feel free to visit the office and fill out a volunteer form.



Animal Experience:

Honolulu Zoo

151 Kapahulu Ave

Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96815

(808) 971-7171

  • Website:
  • Hours of Operation: Daily 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Contact: Barbara Thacker (Volunteer Coordinator) –
  • Description: Gain some exposure to exotic/wildlife animals at a zoo. Looking for volunteers to help out in diverse sections of the zoo (i.e. vet clinic, reptile section, keiki zoo)
  • Process to Volunteering:
  • Contact Barbara Thacker at
  • Attend an In-Person Interview with the Director of Volunteers on any “Walk-In-Wednesday” or by appointment on selected Saturdays. Save time by filling out the Volunteer Application in advance.
  • Attend a Second Interview with the Zoo or HZS supervisor of the section that you and the Director of Volunteers agree makes the best match.
  • Attend a General Orientation & Volunteer Training offered bi-monthly on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

2015 General Orientation and Volunteer Training Dates (All dates from 1:00-4:30 p.m)

Aug. 8 & 9, 2015

Oct. 10 & 11, 2015


Note: All Zoo Volunteers must sign a Waiver of Liability, submit a copy of a current TB clearance, and pay $20.00 for a volunteer T-shirt and name tag. All volunteers over 18 years of age must also submit a Background Check available . For one time use with a credit card, the cost for a non-certified version is $5.00. Mammal section volunteers must also attend an Animal Emergency Training workshop.


Hawaiian Humane Society

2700 Waialae Avenue

Honolulu, Hawaii 96826

(808) 356-2200

  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Description: Gain some animal experience at an animal shelter! Looking for volunteers that can help out in diverse areas (i.e. Animal Care Support, Animal Adoptions, Outreach).
  • Process to Volunteering:
  • Go to the Volunteer section of the Hawaiian Humane Society website link:
  • Click on “Just for New Volunteers & Volunteer Positions at:
  • Watch the General Volunteer Orientation Video.
  • Complete an online application and submit to the Hawaiian Humane Society Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Await for an e-mail from the volunteer coordinator about attending a volunteer orientation and training date. Respond back to the volunteer coordinator by scheduling your orientation date.
  • Attend your General Volunteer Orientation Date.


Equine 808

Kunia Loa Ridge Farms

P.O. Box 2817 Ewa Beach, HI 96706

(808) 590-1210

  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Contact: n/a
  • Description: Volunteer to rehabilitate abused, neglected and unwanted horses at the Equine 808 Sanctuary! Help with caring, grooming, and exercising of the horses.
  • Process of Volunteering:
  • Contact Equine 808 at the to inquire about volunteering.
  • Attend a Volunteer Orientation that is held every 1st Saturday of the month at 10am.


Hawaii Cat Foundation

47-024 Okana Place

Kaneohe, HI 96744

  • E-mail:
  • Website:
  • Contact: Christin Matsushige (Volunteer Coordinator)
  • Description: Volunteer at a cat shelter in Kaneohe! Gain experience assisting with cleaning, maintenance and veterinary care for cats.
  • Process to Volunteering:
  • Contact Christin Matsushige at
  • Meet with Christin at the Hawaii Cat Foundation Sanctuary at the designated address.


VCA University Animal Hospital

2728 Woodlawn Drive

Honolulu, HI 96822

(808) 988-7657

  • Hours of Operation: M,W,F,Sa 8am-5:00pm, T&R 8am-7:00pm, Sun 9am-3pm
  • Contact: Leslie Iboshi (Hospital Manager) or (808) 484-9070
  • Description: Looking for potential candidates for some technician and/or receptionist positions that they have open currently.


Veterinary Experiences

[Pre-VeterinaryMedicine: Veterinary Experiences PDF]


Animal Experiences

[Pre-Veterinary Medicine Animal Experiences Oahu PDF]

[Pre-Veterinary Medicine Animal Experiences U.S Abroad PDF]



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