Jackson Honors Ventura-Based Ohana Pet Hospital as Small Business of the Year

June 05, 2017

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) has chosen Ventura-based small business Ohana Pet Hospital as her 2017 Small Business of the Year.

Ohana Pet Hospital is a veterinary hospital that specializes in medical, surgical, dental and wellness health care for dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and select reptiles. They also provide preventative care such as physical examinations, behavioral and nutritional services. In the community, Ohana provides free physical exams to local animal shelters.

“Dr. Jan, the doctors and her staff are doing an amazing job in our community,” said Jackson. “This business is an inspiration to me: its concern for animals, its care for the environment, its commitment to its employees and the community it serves.”

All of the veterinary doctors at Ohana are women and they provide free health insurance to all of their employees and staff.

They are also committed to environmentally-friendly business practices. The hospital where they work, for example, has LED lighting, floors made of recyclables, recycled glass countertops, a paperless filing system, low water usage and energy-efficient appliances.

Medical director and founding partner, Dr. Jan Shinkawa (aka Dr. Jan), and Dr. Jill Muraoka Lim will accept the Small Business of the Year Award today from Jackson at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento.

In California, there are approximately 3.3 million small business owners. Small businesses employ 6.8 million people across the state - that is 49.2 percent, or nearly half – of the state’s private workforce.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.