Dr. Celina Hatt, Owner


Dr. Celina Hatt purchased Animal House Veterinary Center in 2004. Dr. Hatt believes in running a veterinary hospital that provides the highest level of medical care, and her goal is shared by everyone that works at Animal House. She also believes in creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere for you and your pet. At the end of the day, promoting quality care to the level that our clients happily refer others is one of her visions for Animal House Veterinary Center.

Dr. Hatt is thankful for the role Animal House Veterinary Center gets to play in your pet’s health care! She promises to provide quality care to our pets, service to our clients, and fulfillment to our staff!

Dr. Eileen Lau


Dr. Eileen Lau, a native to the San Francisco Bay Area, recently moved to the islands after graduating from the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine (summer of 2011) to marry the love of her life. She completed her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley where she double majored in Integrative Biology and Music. Her clinical experiences include six years in wildlife rehabilitation, one year as an environmental enrichment technician/research associate, two years as a veterinary technician and one year as a veterinary anesthetist.

While in school, Dr. Lau was president of Veterinary Students for Animal Welfare and vice president of the Feline Medicine Club. Her specific areas of interest include anesthesia, feline medicine, and exotic animal medicine (small mammals and birds in particular). She is also a member of the Evidence-Based Medicine Association.

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In her free time, she enjoys snorkeling, playing piano, playing the harp, singing karaoke, cooking, and spending time talking story with loved ones at the beach. She is eager to explore the many wonders this island has to offer and looks forward to forming meaningful relationships with pets and owners in the years to come.

Dr. Shauna Mead


Dr. Shauna Mead is native to upstate New York where she learned at a young age she had a life long desire to care for animals. Her undergraduate studies were at Utica College of Syracuse University, majoring in biology. When she wasn’t studying, she took pride in working at New Hartford Animal Hospital as an assistant and volunteering at a monthly spay and neuter release clinic.

She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in the Caribbean and found another love: the ocean. While in veterinary school she was a leading member of PAWS (People for Animal Welfare on St. Kitts), which included being a foster to multiple dogs. After spending her last year of veterinary school at Cornell University, her fiance and multiple four-legged children ventured to San Diego. A year was spent at California Veterinary Specialists doing a rotating internship focused on small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency. Since completion of the internship in 2010 she has worked as an associate general practitioner and as an emergency clinician, as well as welcomed her first daughter into the world.

All areas of veterinary medicine are of interest; currently she is focusing on strengthening her ability to perform ultrasounds. On days off she plans to help Dr. Hatt with spay/neuter release programs, surf, hike, and establish a home in beautiful Hawaii.

Dr. Cherish Frates


Dr. Cherish Frates grew up in Wyoming, Arizona, South Dakota, and Ohio, but Hawaii is her chosen home. Prior to college, she worked for several years on a Thoroughbred broodmare farm in Virginia, spending her days outside helping to raise future champions. She fell in love with the islands while obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and returned to Oahu following her graduation from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2015. While in school, she had the opportunity to gain hands on experience in aquatic, wildlife, and zoo animal medicine in locations as varied as Honduras, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She also worked as a student technician at Cornell University Equine and Farm Animal Hospital. She enjoys working with all species and is especially interested in imaging and surgery. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, hiking, playing in waves, traveling, taking far too many pictures, and trying not to fall off of a SUP. She loves to scuba dive, and now that her children are older, she hopes to get back into outrigger canoeing with her husband. Her family is made complete by her dogs, cat, rabbit, and dozens of fish. She looks forward to developing relationships with her patients and their families.

Executive Board

Jessica, Executive Director


Michelle K, Director of Medical Services


Yolanda, Client Care Coordinator


Technicians/Technician Assistants


Our full staff of veterinary technicians have a combined 40+ years of experience. They are trained in areas such as handling and restraint, blood work, processing digital x-rays, and surgical preparation and monitoring. Some of our technicians are pursuing formal educations via AAHA. Several also assist with non-profit surgeries, contributing to their local Oahu community.

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The Receptionists


Our fun and versatile receptionists come from a wide variety of backgrounds in administrative work and customer service. They are here to make sure that your visit to the Animal House is as pleasant as possible for you and your pet, treating all of them as their own. Some of them are also pursuing professional degrees in different areas.

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Kennel Assistants


Our boarding staff may be smaller but they play a big part in your pets’ care. They are responsible for all your pets’ boarding needs when they have sleep overs with us. They also do bathing, brushing, and spend play time with each individual guest. In addition to their regular duties they can be found throughout the hospital helping everybody else, two legged and four legged. Without their extra hands we could not be as efficient as we are. They make all the difference in the world.


Animal House Veterinary Center is always accepting applications/resumes.