Our Community Veterinary Clinic, located in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood, offers high-quality, low-cost preventative care to help companion animals live healthy lives and remain in their own loving homes.
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All Pets Deserve Care
We provide select services, including:
- Flea, tick, and heartworm medication
- Treatment of minor skin, ear, and eye issues
- Treatment for minor illnesses such as vomiting and diarrhea
- Spay and neuter consultations and scheduling (surgeries are performed at our Mission Campus)
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Important Note: The Community Veterinary Clinic does NOT provide emergency services, diagnostics (X-rays, lab work), adoptions, or health certificates. If your animal needs these services, please call (415) 554-3000 to make an appointment with our full-service hospital.
Meet Our Doctors
Jena Valdez, DVM Chief Medical Officer
Colorado State Universitiy
As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jena Valdez oversees our most innovative and impactful veterinary care programs, which are designed to offer quality, compassionate care to shelter animals and affordable, non-judgmental veterinary care to clients and their pets.
In addition to overseeing veterinary services at the SF SPCA, Dr. Valdez pioneered the launch of the Community Veterinary Clinic, a first-of-its-kind, preventative care center in San Francisco’s Excelsior district (a longstanding veterinary-resource desert). She is also working to export the scalable Community Clinic model to under-resourced communities throughout California.
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 and neuter services. She’s a nationally recognized advocate for increasing access to veterinary care and increasing diversity within the fields of veterinary medicine and animal welfare.
Dr. Valdez shares her San Francisco home with her husband, their ball-obsessed Dachshund mix, and a regal brown tabby.
Shirley Chan, DVM Community Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
When I was five years old, I was playing outside and saw a wounded pigeon in the street. I picked it up and tried to bring it home, but my mom had me take it back outside. I put the pigeon down and never saw it again. I regretted not caring for the bird, and from that day, I vowed to be a voice for animals and to advocate for them in their times of need.
Melanie Glass, DVM Community Medicine
Some of the most rewarding parts of my work as a veterinarian are advocating for my patients and finding medical solutions that make practical sense for each family. This can be a challenging field, so sharing perspectives and knowledge with other vets while fostering a supportive environment enriches my experience. And it’s gratifying to know we’re working together for the shared goal of advancing animal welfare.
Lindsey Meyer, DVM Community Medicine & Hospital
University of Wisconsin–Madison
What I enjoy most about being a veterinarian is being able to interact daily with so many different animal patients. My days are never the same. In addition, I love working at a hospital where the goal is to support families and their pets, no matter their socioeconomic status, and to provide access to care for all animals in the San Francisco area.
Divya Ravichandran, DVM Community Medicine & Hospital
University of California, Davis
Marissa Woodall-Johnson, DVM Community Medicine, Hospital & Shelter Medicine
University of California, Davis
I love working with animals on a daily basis, and I enjoy teaching their people how to keep them healthy and prevent future medical problems. I love the detective work of solving a mystery and learning new surgeries and techniques to help clients who might not be able to afford specialty-level care. I’m also excited to support healthy communities by teaching a new generation of veterinarians to provide compassionate care for all animals.