Our staff spotlight series allows our clients and friends to learn a little more about the people at VCA SFVS. This week we feature Mori Afraz, DVM, a member of our current intern class.
Name: Mori Afraz
Your position: Veterinarian, VCA SFVS 2014-2015 intern
When did you join VCA SFVS? June 2014
Favorite part of your job? There are too many! From having the privilege of working with the amazing staff at SFVS to meeting incredibly inspiring clients and their excellent companions, it is truly an honor to have this great responsibility.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I discovered veterinary medicine late in my education, during my junior year of college. After graduation, I studied and worked in a small-animal veterinary clinic in the South of France for several months, which solidified my interest in the field. I returned to obtain a master’s degree in nutritional science and worked as a nurse in a veterinary dermatology clinic in the Bay Area before starting vet school.
I confess that I am a true dermaphile. … I love all things dermatology in our veterinary patients. I enjoy the chronic management of care and the rapport established with clients caring for a companion afflicted with dermatologic issues. Allergies can be a very frustrating part of the overall management of pet health, and my goal is to help clients through these difficult periods. While there is unfortunately no quick fix or cure for allergies like in human medicine, our focus in veterinary medicine is on management that is conducive to a good quality of life for the patient and families living with them.
Any animal companions of your own? I have an 11-year-old pug named Mija and a 6-year-old pit bull/Lab mix named Naia.
What do you enjoy doing outside work? When I do have some free time, I enjoy exploring cafes and finding the best café mocha and pastries around. My family and I also love taking road trips around the Bay Area and exploring the endless beaches and trails.
Favorite pet-related activity in the Bay Area? Pug Sunday at Alta Plaza Park. My husband and I discovered this hidden gem 12 years ago, living vicariously through the pug owners before we adopted our baby girl. If you are thinking about adopting a pug, this is a great way to see them, and hear them, in action. If you are not too fond of the breed, this gathering will at least spark a smile. The best part of this event is that all breeds are welcome. Consider checking out this gathering at least once the next time the weather calls for a picnic!