Leadership

Jena Valdez, DVM

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jena Valdez serves as Chief Medical Officer at the San Francisco SPCA, where she oversees our most innovative and impactful programs designed to deliver affordable, non-judgmental veterinary care. In pioneering the launch of the Community Veterinary Clinic, our new preventative health clinic located in a veterinary resource desert within the city, she continues to advocate for all animals and pet owners to provide them with high-quality care within financial reach.

A graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Valdez has extensive experience in private practice, sheltering, and High Quality High Volume Spay/Neuter.

Beyond her work in California, she’s also a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for improving access to veterinary care — volunteering thousands of hours with numerous groups including Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS) to help meet the veterinary needs of underserved communities throughout the United States, including the Dakotas, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Minnesota, Arizona, Texas, and Hawaii.

She shares her home in San Francisco with her husband, their ball-obsessed Dachshund mix, and a regal brown tabby.

Dr. Valdez shares her home with her husband, Ethan, canine companion Oscar, and two cats, Simon and Mietze.

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