Dr. Douglas K.Y. Chang, DVM: The "Alpha Dog"
Dr. Chang is the President of Aloha Animal Hospital Associates and sets the day-to-day pace of the organization.
time among a number of responsibilities including caring for pets, training/managing the staff and staying ahead of the rapidly changing field of veterinary science.
is always pushing the staff at Aloha Animal Hospital Associates
towards greater excellence.
"If you compared me to a dog, I guess I can be sort of barky," he
As a result, his
staff characterizes him as a miniature pincher.
"They tend to have a small dog complex," Dr. Chang chuckles.
"They can be yappy, but they know how to get things done.
motives are always good, even if his
style can be intense.
"I'm passionate about giving the highest level of care to our pets.
That can make me a little bit pushy.
But inside, I'm more of a lab," he
"When I know we're giving the very best care - like when we save a pet's life - then I'm able to relax and be very enthusiastic and cheerful."
not busy at Aloha Animal Hospital Associates
, Dr. Chang
takes working vacations where he
time to help build and restore hiking trails and community centers.
also visits the gym regularly to keep himself flexible and maintain his
stamina for the rigors of the profession.
Dr. Chang at a Glance:
Started Aloha Animal Hospital Associates
Degree: Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University.
Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University.
Recognition: American Veterinary Medical Association
Auxiliary Award, Mayor's Technology Award.
Professional Appointments: Far West Regional Director of the American Animal Hospital Association
, State Representative of the American Veterinary Medical Association
, President of the Honolulu Veterinary Society
, Veterinary Chairman of the Morris Animal Foundation
, Director of the Eye of the Pacific Guide Dogs, and Charter President of the Honolulu Optimists International.
Media Host: Dr. Chang
is often called upon by the media as a spokesperson on pet issues.
He has served as the host of "Animal Answers" on KITV (Hawaii's ABC affiliate) and "Pets and Vets," weekly radio show.
Pets: Similar to his
work environment, Dr. Chang
is surrounded by pets.
has two dogs - Missy, a female terrier mix, and Lili, a female Coton de Tulear.
has a cat named Roxie, a turtle and a variety of fish, but it doesn't end there.
Outside in his
has three Mille Fleur chickens named Mille, Flora and Luci.
They're raising chicks.
isn't just a great vet, he's
also a great community volunteer.
is at a Honolulu preschool, sitting in a chair built for a 5-year-old, teaching kids what it's like to be a vet.
"As I listened to Dr. Chang's
philosophy about pet care, I was immediately encouraged.