Dear Clients and Friends,
We have some bittersweet news to share with you today: After 17 years with our hospital, and over 25 years of being a veterinary internal medicine specialist, Dr. Alan Stewart has announced he is retiring from his veterinary practice on August 1, 2014.
We know this was a difficult decision for Dr. Stewart, and he will be immensely missed around here!
But on to the “sweet” part of the bittersweet announcement: We are so excited for Dr. Stewart as he looks to begin this new chapter of his life, which we’re told will include spending more time with his husband, Frank, playwriting, traveling (and helping animals in various capacities), taking classes and more.
We thank Dr. Stewart for his dedication and passion; for gently and deftly providing expert care to our animal friends over all these years; for his caring and thoughtful communications with clients; for being such a significant part of our hospital’s success and legacy; and for being a friend and mentor to many SFVS team members.
A Few Words From Dr. Stewart
“I became a veterinarian in 1987. Working with animals, clients and veterinary colleagues has been such a significant and fulfilling part of my life for so long. But this retirement decision is one that makes sense for me at this time.
“As the founder of this hospital, I have seen SFVS grow from a small group of doctors in a small space to the large, thriving practice it is today, always adding new resources and improvements to continue the legacy we set out to do of providing the best, compassionate, high-quality veterinary care.
“I will miss everyone – staff, clients, primary care veterinarians I’ve been fortunate to work with, and especially my dear patients (my kids).”
Transition Plan in the Works
Please know that even though Dr. Stewart isn’t retiring until August, we are already working on a transition plan for his patients and clients, and for the primary care veterinarians he works with. Our priority is to ensure a seamless continuation of patient care, client service and communication with referring veterinarians. We will be in touch soon regarding updates on that transition.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for your time and for joining us in wishing Dr. Stewart all the best!
– Craig Maretzki, Medical Director, and Judith Goodman, Hospital Manager, on Behalf of the Entire VCA SFVS Team, (415) 401-9200