Ranaella K. Steinberg, DVM

HSVMA Hawaii State Representative

Dr. Ranaella 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.  Long an advocate of spay/neuter, Ranaella developed a shelter rotation for senior veterinary students with the intention of fostering a deeper understanding and cooperation between shelters and veterinarians.

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.

In addition to being an active and founding board member of the Kauai SPCA, she recently joined the board of the Kauai Humane Society to assist them in transitioning to a No Kill shelter.

Ranaella is affiliated with several professional organizations including the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Conservation International, HSUS and Surfrider Foundation. She is a longtime supporter of Kindness Ranch, Animal Place and Equine Advocates.