Ranaella K. Steinberg, DVM

Dr. Steinberg is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida (UF) where she was the recipient of the Presidential Service Award as both an undergraduate and graduate student.

Ranaella has been a powerful advocate for animals over the years. She first joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the age of 10 and remains an active member, working with the organization to pass legislation to ban ivory trade in Hawaii in 2016. At UF she was the first conscientious objector to harming animals in-order-to get her veterinary degree. Through a tremendous amount of research and confronted with an enormous amount of resistance, she was instrumental in creating a permanent alternative track for all students to obtain their degree by treating animals with compassion. In addition, she chaired the Animal Welfare Committee at UF for three years and repeatedly challenged both the students and the administration to expand their views and policies regarding animal welfare.

A prestigious internship in marine mammal medicine initially brought Ranaella to Hawaii. Her past experience is diverse, with a current focus on companion animal medicine that blends both a conventional and holistic approach. Over the years of practicing on Kauai she has developed a special interest in veterinary dermatology and senior medicine, attending multiple continuing education conferences annually.

Dr. Steinberg is a founding member and currently sits on the board of the Kauai SPCA. In addition, she has been affiliated with several other professional organizations, most notably the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. She is a longtime supporter of Kindness Ranch, Animal Place, Equine Advocates and the Surfrider Foundation.