VCA Family Animal Hospital

Nathaniel K. Lam, DVM, DACVS, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Michigan State University
Certifications: DACVS
Bachelor of Science in Cognitive & Computer Science, University of California


Dr. Nathaniel Lam is passionate about Hawaii and the ohana of its community. Prior to becoming a veterinarian he pursued his love of art and design as a professional photographer. He received a BS in cognitive computer science from UCLA in 2004 and earned a DVM from Michigan State University in 2009 prior to completing a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania and a Residency in Small Animal Surgery from the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. He is strongly committed to working with primary veterinarians provide the highest level of care through a focus on education and comprehensive case management. His professional interests include minimally-invasive surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, arthroscopy), interventional radiology (stenting), knee surgery (TPLO, TTA, patellar luxation), trauma and wound care, and exotic animal surgery. Dr. Lam is certified to administer veterinary stem cell therapy (Vet-Stem). He resides in Honolulu where he enjoys outdoors activities, exploring with his dog Cali, photography, and playing the guitar.

Professional Associations:

Hawaii Veterinary Medical Association, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Orthopedic Society, Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgeons, and the Veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology.


  • Lam, NK., “Tracheostomy,” in Small Animal Surgical Emergencies. Aronson, L, Ed. Hoboken, NJ. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Lam, NK., Weisse C, Berent AC, Murphy S, Kaae J, Radlinsky M, Dunn M, Richter K. Preliminary evaluation of esophageal stenting for refractory benign strictures in dogs. Animal Medical Center, New York, NY.
  • Lam NK., Berent AC, Weisse C, Bryan C, Mackin A, Bagley D. Endoscopic ureteral stent placement for congenital bilateral ureteral stenosis in a dog. Animal Medical Center, New York, NY. JAVMA, 2012, 240:983-90.
  • Berent A, Weisse C, Zaid M, Lam N, Mackin A, Bryan C, Bagley D. Endoscopic fixation of ureteral strictures in dogs an cats. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. – Abstract presented at Veterinary Endoscopy Society March 2010.
  • Demaria MJ, Stanley BJ, Lam NK., Moore TW. Negative pressure wound therapy on healing wounds with exposed bone in dogs. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. – Vet Surg, 2011 40:658-69.
  • Beal MW, Mehler SJ, Staiger BA, Moore TW, Lam NK., Brown AJ. Technique for percutaneous radiologic gastrojejunostomy in the dog. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Beal MW, Mehler SJ, Staiger BA, Moore TW, Lam NK., Brown AJ. Technique for fluoroscopic nasojejunal tube placement in dogs. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Awards & Distinctions:

American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Resident Research Poster Award

Society for Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery – Resident Presenter Award

American Veterinary Medical Association – Outstanding Senior Student Award

Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine – Student Leadership Award

Wade O. Brinker – Orthopedic Surgery Award

American College of Veterinary Radiologists – Outstanding Senior Student Award

Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice – Vincent Pedroia Future Specialist Award

Charlotte and Erwin Gorning – Endowed Scholarship Award for Outstanding Clinical Student

Florence B. Burke – Endowed Scholarship Award for Academic and Leadership Excellence


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Family Animal Hospital provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 808-484-9070. We are located at 98-1254 Kaahumanu St. Pearl City, HI 96782.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.