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Learn a little more about the veterinarians and staff at VCA SFVS in our staff spotlight series!

NameViru (Viranjini) Gopisetty, DVM

dr. gopisetty with chibita

dr. gopisetty with chibita

Your position: 2015-2016 intern

Favorite part of your job? Getting to cuddle with all kinds of doggies and kitties! I especially love the old, cranky ones.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I grew up in India and moved to the U.S. in 2004, when I met my husband. I have always loved animals, but it was not till after I moved to the U.S. that I was exposed to really high-quality veterinary medicine. I did research at UCSF for a while before deciding to pursue my one true passion in life and was very happy when I got accepted to the DVM program at UC Davis. I could not be happier with my decision and love every day at work! I hope to someday go back to India to work with the stray animals there and bring back my knowledge and skills to attempt to make their lives a little better.

Viru Gopisetty

What do you most want to gain from your internship at SFVS? I want to learn as much as I can from all the wonderful clinicians at SFVS and really grow as a veterinarian. I truly believe in a holistic approach to animal health care and hope to incorporate that in my day-to-day practice. I am especially interested in the care of geriatric animals and their quality of life.

A patient you’ll never forget? A very sweet miniature schnauzer from my senior year at vet school. He was the best patient I’ve had; he always greeted me with kisses every morning even though he was a very sick boy. Sadly he is no longer with us, but he will always be in my thoughts.

Exciting new developments you’d like to share with pet parents? I have been working with a few veterinarians in the rapidly growing field of physical rehabilitation for dogs. My own dog does rehab every week for her arthritis. I am amazed at the results and would like to put it out there that there are several options for dogs in pain from chronic arthritis other than just pain medications. Some of the modalities I have worked with are cold laser therapy, underwater treadmill, at-home muscle strengthening exercises and acupuncture. I believe that these modalities help to improve the quality of life of senior pets, and it would be great if pet owners could incorporate some of these modalities into the care of their animals.

Any animal companions of your own? A wonderful old lady golden retriever. She is the love of my life (other than my husband of course!).

What do you enjoy doing outside work? I love gardening — I have a little organic garden on my patio. Someday I want to be able to grow my own food and have a little farm with donkeys, goats and of course lots of dogs and cats (all rescues!).

Favorite animal-related activity in the Bay Area? Going to the beach with my dog and hiking in the Marin Headlands.

What book is on your nightstand? Margaret Atwood’s Stone Mattress

Favorite TV show? I am a big fan of British murder mysteries on Netflix!

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Learn a little more about the veterinarians and staff at VCA SFVS in our staff spotlight series!

Name: Andrew Espitia, DVM

Your position: 2015-2016 intern

dr. espitia with sookie

dr. espitia with sookie

Favorite part of your job? Procedures! I love having the chance to work with my hands to repair wounds, place sutures, and search for foxtails.

"On the internal medicine service, we use scopes to visualize and take biopsies of different parts of the GI tract!" -- Dr. Espitia

“On the internal medicine service, we use scopes to visualize and take biopsies of different parts of the GI tract!” — Dr. Espitia

Hometown: Fremont, California

Education: undergrad — UC Berkeley, major: molecular & cell biology with honors; vet school — UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Work background: I worked in SF as a veterinary assistant at the SF SPCA for several years before heading to veterinary school. I also spent some time working in research labs for alcohol addiction in humans.

I actually decided to work in the veterinary field during undergraduate school when a dorm floor-mate and I were discussing careers. We decided to become veterinarians on a whim! That floor-mate since became a human nurse, but I stuck to the plan and I’m so happy with where I am now!

What do you most want to gain from your internship at SFVS? Confidence with my medicine to provide the best and most practical care for my patients and their owners.

What does your work day entail? It varies with what service I’m on: It can range from seeing stacked ER cases to helping with surgeries to going out to the community to provide basic veterinary care for pets of the homeless.

Your work-related super power? I wish I could make several copies of myself so I could be in multiple places at once — that would be amazing!

Any animal companions of your own? I have an 8-year-old female spayed border collie at home who loves to sit around and watch YouTube with me! We’re a definite match.

What do you enjoy doing outside work? I enjoy working out — I make it a point to frequent the gym every day I have an hour or two free. I’m a big video game nerd and love playing when I get a chance. I also enjoy listening to Korean pop music.

What book is on your nightstand? I’m really bad at keeping up with books — I’m addicted to YouTube!

What’s in your music rotation right now? All Korean pop music

 

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Introducing the “Veterinary 8,” our largest intern class ever. We’ve been thinking we “should’ve had a V8” for a while now (haha) … and we are so happy they have arrived! The V8 interns look forward to working with clients, patients and members of the Bay Area veterinary community during their time here. Read a little about the new interns below:

 


 

dr. espitia with sookie

dr. espitia with sookie

1-Dr. Andrew Espitia graduated with his DVM from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Before vet school, he was a research assistant in various labs at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco, and also worked as a veterinary assistant in general and emergency practice for two and a half years at the SF SPCA. Dr. Espitia was vice president of his class at UC Davis and involved with the Feline Medicine Club, Canine Medicine Club and SVECCS. He is interested in emergency medicine and looks forward to working in the fast-paced environment at VCA SFVS. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys exercising at the gym, spending time with his couch potato border collie, and shopping for new and exciting bow ties.

 


 

dr. gopisetty with chibita

dr. gopisetty with chibita

2-Dr. Viru (Viranjini) Gopisetty is a 2015 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from India, she moved the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 and worked as a research coordinator at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine before she decided to go back to school to earn her DVM. She volunteered at the SF SPCA and the SF Children’s Zoo before vet school. Dr. Gopisetty is passionate about geriatric medicine and shelter medicine, and she hopes to work internationally in the future. In her free time, Viru loves organic gardening, cooking, watching independent movies, and going to the beach with her husband, Sri, and their wonderful golden retriever, Sasha.

 


 

dr. johnston with sid

dr. johnston with sid

3-Dr. Claire Johnston grew up in Humboldt County and attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she received her B.S. in animal science in 2011. She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine in May 2015 and is excited to continue her studies at VCA SFVS and pursue her interest in internal medicine. Not only does Dr. Johnston enjoy small-animal medicine, but she also loves working with cows and horses. In her free time, Claire enjoys baking (particularly cupcakes), hiking and traveling, and she is currently working on acquiring her scuba certification.

 


 

dr. johnston with henry

dr. johnston with henry

4-Dr. Jayson Johnston was born on the sunny island of Guam and grew up in the overcast city of Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2011, where he studied biology and aquatic and fishery sciences. Next was veterinary school, which took him to the greater LA area, where he graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2015 with his DVM. Dr. Johnston is interested in internal medicine, ophthalmology, pain management and exotics. Outside the hospital, Jayson enjoys camping, cooking, flipping large rocks in tide pools, cutting his sandwiches diagonally and, most importantly, Sunday Funday.

 


 

dr. rogers with mojito

dr. rogers with mojito

5-Dr. Erika Rogers was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where she obtained her veterinary degree in 2007. She moved to San Francisco in 2008 to continue her education with a focus on small-animal medicine. She was a veterinary technician for a few local practices in the city while working on validating her license through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards Program for the Assessment of Veterinary Education Equivalence (AAVSB PAVE). In the unique position of being a practicing veterinarian in Peru, Dr. Rogers only needed to complete one year at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine to obtain her DVM license in the United States. Dr. Rogers has a professional interest in internal medicine, cardiology, dentistry and dermatology, and looks forward to studying these topics while at VCA SFVS. In her free time, Erika enjoys helping her husband develop and promote his start-up company, as well as hiking, wine tasting, and lounging at home with her cat, Jasper, and dog, Mojito.

 


 

dr. silverman with rufus

dr. silverman with rufus

6-Dr. Lauren Silverman is a 2015 graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Mountain View, she received her B.S. from Cal Poly Pomona with a major in animal science. Dr. Silverman is excited to be back in the Bay Area and to have the opportunity to enjoy and explore the beautiful city of San Francisco. She is thrilled to spend her first year out of school at VCA SFVS to pursue her interests in internal medicine, dermatology and neurology. In her free time, Lauren enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, biking around the city, and admiring the beautiful view of San Francisco from Bernal Heights with her 6-year-old mutt, Rufus.

 


 

dr. wallace with ziggy

dr. wallace with ziggy

7-Dr. Sarah Wallace was born and raised in the great state of New Hampshire (“Live Free or Die”). She attended Lafayette College (“Cur Non?”) in Easton, Pennsylvania, to attain her B.S. in biology. In May 2015, she graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine. In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing with her blind flame point Siamese cat named Sonar, quilting and reading. Sarah can’t cook to save her life but loves Mexican food. Sometimes her dreams are set to the theme song from the show Twin Peaks, and, someday, she would like to ride a bike down US-1 from Maine to Florida if she can find a comfortable enough bike seat.

 


 

dr. wong with tiramisu

dr. wong with tiramisu

8-Dr. Jessica Wong was born and raised in beautiful San Francisco. She attended UC Santa Cruz, where she received her B.S. in neuroscience and behavior. She got her start with animals while volunteering at the local zoo and shelters before heading down to LA for veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Wong is excited to continue her studies at VCA SFVS and pursue her interests in emergency medicine, shelter medicine and exotic companion animal medicine. In her free time, she loves cooking, baking and trying new foods with friends. She also enjoys hiking with her furry friend, Tiramisu, or relaxing at home with her ball python, Egg Tart.

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Learn a little more about the veterinarians and staff at VCA SFVS in our staff spotlight series! This week we feature Emily Young, VMD, a member of our current intern class. 

Name: Emily Young, VMD

Your position: Rotating intern

When did you join VCA SFVS? June 2014

Favorite part of your job? My favourite part of being a veterinarian is working with my animal patients and the humans who love them! I am awed every day by the wonderful relationships we establish with our pets and am grateful that I can help keep the four-legged partners in this relationship happy and healthy. My favourite part of working here at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists being able to work amongst so many incredibly knowledgeable and talented clinicians, RVTs and assistants and seeing how their dedicated teamwork benefits each of the cases seen at the hospital.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I was born in New York but grew up in Europe, primarily in England, until I started college. I attended Tufts University in Boston for my undergraduate degree and fell in love with that snowy city! I moved to Philadelphia for vet school at the University of Pennsylvania and then came out to California, which has proved to be just an absolutely amazing area of the country. Since moving here I have loved exploring the city (and particularly the food!) of San Francisco and the surrounding area.

What does your workday entail? As an intern my schedule varies depending on which service I am working at the time. However, most days start with rounds at 8am, where the case of each patient in the hospital is presented, discussed and transferred to the appropriate service. From there, we move on to examining each patient and coming up with a treatment plan for the day. The day ends after evening rounds at 6pm once all diagnostics have been performed and appointments concluded.

Your work-related super power? I truly believe in the power of a smile, particularly when something is not going as well as you would like!

Any animal companions of your own? My boyfriend and I recently said goodbye to our very handsome Saint Bernard, Walter. We miss The Big Guy very much but are looking forward to bringing a new pup into our home in the coming months!

dr. young and walter out on a walk near crystal springs reservoir

dr. young and walter out on a walk near crystal springs reservoir

What do you enjoy doing outside work? When I’m not at work I love to spend time exploring the food of San Francisco, hiking and doing ANYTHING at the beach!

Favorite pet-related activity in the Bay Area? Walking any and everywhere! A great spot is the Crystal Springs Reservoir down by San Mateo.

What are you currently reading? I usually have two books going at any one time…a more serious or historical one (currently: Lenin’s Tomb by David Remnick) and a lighter read (currently: All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot).

Favorite TV show? My favourite TV show of all time has to be Friends. But more recently I have enjoyed watching Parenthood, The Walking Dead, Homeland and Downton Abbey.

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Our 2014-2015 intern class has arrived! We are excited to have them at VCA SFVS for their internships, and they look forward to meeting and working with clients, patients, and members of the Bay Area veterinary community during their time here.

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You can read a little more about our six new interns below:

Mori Afraz, DVM (top left)
Dr. Mori Afraz was raised in Palo Alto and graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 after receiving a master’s in nutrition from San Jose State University. She plans to pursue a residency in dermatology and has additional interests in internal medicine and surgery. Mori enjoys road trips, sailing, great food trucks, and spending time with her husband, pug and pit bull in their home in San Francisco.

Erika Beck, DVM (top center)
Dr. Erika Beck graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a B.A. in Japanese and Chinese. In 2014, she earned her DVM and International Veterinary Medicine certification from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include surgery, pain management, exotics and conservation medicine. In her spare time, Erika enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, film festivals and traveling, especially to East Asia. She is excited to be in the Bay Area with her ginger cat, Bento.

Bailey Gage, DVM (top right)
Dr. Bailey Gage is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Kansas and her DVM from Kansas State University. She is excited to be on the West Coast and living in San Francisco with her dog, Norman, and cat, Randall. Her special interests include internal medicine and ophthalmology. In her spare time, Bailey likes spending time outdoors, cooking and trying new restaurants.

Koko Shishida, DVM (bottom left)
Dr. Koko Shishida is a 2010 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Since 2010, she’s been working as a general practitioner in Sacramento, the East Bay and the Peninsula. Originally from Santa Cruz, she received her B.A. from UC Santa Cruz with a double major in biology and feminist studies in 2006. She is thrilled to be returning to her studies at VCA SFVS and to pursue her interests in emergency medicine, internal medicine and dermatology. In her free time, Koko enjoys yoga, dance, weight lifting, and taking in the many sights, sounds and tastes of the Bay Area with her 11-year-old terrier mix, Kaiser.

Catherine Stevenson, VMD (bottom center)
Dr. Catherine Stevenson, originally from the suburbs of Boston, received her B.A. in biology from Boston University in 2010, and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She loves running, traveling, being outdoors and exploring new cities. She just moved to San Francisco with her cat, Michu, who hails from Ecuador. After completing an internship at VCA SFVS, Catherine plans to work in general practice and emergency.

Emily Young, VMD (bottom right)
Dr. Emily Young spent her childhood overseas in Europe and Asia until returning to the U.S. to attend Tufts University, where she received a B.A. in psychology. She worked as a veterinary technician in the Boston area before heading down to Philadelphia for vet school at the University of Pennsylvania. At the hospital, she is interested in both small-animal internal medicine and emergency medicine. Emily enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, traveling and scuba diving in her free time. She is thrilled to be here on the West Coast with her sturdy companion, Walter the St. Bernard.

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