Welcome to SFVMA

Upcoming In-Person Meeting — Summer 2022 [UPDATED!]

Thursday, June 16, 2022 —— 6:30pm – 8:30pm

“Anesthesia for Patients with Renal Disease”

Presented by:  Gen Luca, DVM, DACVAA

Dr. Gen Luca is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and anesthesiology professional who provides anesthetic management to canines, felines, and other companion domestic as well as exotic species.
Dr. Luca earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Montreal. She did a Companion Animal Rotating Internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island, then successfully completed an Anesthesiology Residency at University of California, Davis, in 2020. She currently works at SAGE veterinary Centers (Redwood City and Campbell locations).
She enjoys the technical aspects, dynamic nature, and the intellectual challenge associated with perioperative case management. She has particular interest in acute and chronic pain, including individualized pain assessments, ultrasound-guided locoregional anesthesia, and determining the best analgesia plans to optimize patient comfort and quality of life in clinical and home-based settings.

A highly active participant in the veterinary industry, Dr. Luca is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA), and a Member of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA) as well as a Member of the North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS).

Dr. Luca is an enthusiastic salsa and zouk dancer and is a Jazz and Progressive Metal super fan. In her free time, Dr. Luca enjoys scrapbooking, traveling, and hosting friends for games. She is a proud cat-mom of a stubborn yet lovable Tortie named Midna.


6:30pm – 7pm  Check-in / hors d’oeuvres
7pm – 7:30pm VMA Announcements/Updates / Dinner Starts
7:30pm – 8:30pm  CE Lecture


Mixed Greens Salad
Candied Walnuts  •  Blue Cheese Crumbles  •  Balsamic Vinaigrette


6oz. Center Cut Filet Mignon (prepared medium)
Roasted Vegetables  •  M&S Steak Butter  •  Mashed Potatoes


Cedar-Roasted Atlantic Salmon
Northwest Berry Reduction  •  Mashed Potatoes  •  Chef’s Seasonal Vegetables


Blackened Cauliflower Steak (vegetarian)
Cauliflower Purée  •  Toasted Almonds  •  Roasted Heirloom Carrots  •  Pickled Lipstick Peppers  •  Salsa Verde  •  Lemon Zest


Crème Brûlée  •  Fresh Berries

McCormick & Kuleto’s

Meeting at McCormick & Kuleto’s in GHIRADELLI SQUARE

900 North Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 929-1730

Meeting Sponsor

SAGE Veterinary Centers

2022 Meeting Schedule

  • Thursday, September 15
  • Thursday, November 17

SFVMA Membership Enrollment for 2022 is Still Open! [EXTENDED]

Membership Applications Will be Accepted Until June 16, 2022  (EXTENDED)

Dear colleagues,

We hope that your 2022 is starting off well! We are happy to announce that the SFMVA is returning to in-person meetings this year in June at McCormick and Kuleto’s in San Francisco’s historic Ghirardelli Square. We will have one last online CE on Thursday, March 24 at 7pm, before transitioning back to seeing your wonderful faces. The last couple years have been incredibly challenging for the veterinary world, yet we have some truly extraordinary veterinarians and hospitals in this city.

We would love to try to bring everyone back together in our veterinary community. Our quarterly meetings are a great way to meet other veterinarians, commiserate, celebrate our wins, and support each other while getting in some CE, and a delicious meal. They are also a good way to bring your ideas and thoughts to board members to take onto the CVMA. Whether you are a potential new member or renewing your membership, please take a moment to update your contact information (especially the email address to which the newsletter should be directed) by completing a membership application. The membership form may be submitted electronically on our website: 


Dues are $200 per year (for 4 quarterly meetings = 1 online and 3 in-person) per member for 2022. Dues payments may be made with either check (PO Box 320365, SF, CA 94132)  or by PayPal through the invoice forms available on the website. If payment is made for more than one application, please clearly indicate which individuals are included in the payment (this option is also available online, or a list of individuals to be covered may be emailed to the treasurer). Each member should complete an application regardless of payment method so that their contact information is updated. Payment is due by April 15 June 16 (Extended!). After this date, payments will be on a “per meeting” basis.

SFVMA members’ names will be listed on our website with hospital affiliation. Email addresses will be confidential and used only for the purposes of communicating with the membership regarding matters related to the organization.

We hope you will join us in 2022!

Warm regards,

Dr. Amy Lightstone
SFVMA President

Dr. Anna DeVincinzi
SFVMA Vice President

Dr. Tiffany Hahn
SFMVA Secretary

Dr. Keely Commins
SFVMA Treasurer

In-Person CE Meetings are BACK!

We are pleased to announce the long-awaited Return of In-Person Meetings — which will be held at McCormick & Kulettos in the beautiful Ghiradelli Square — on the following dates:

June 16, 2022

September 15, 2022

November 17, 2022

SFVMA News — Summer 2022

Latest Newsletter


Dear Colleagues,

I think sometimes we can forget how hard being on the other side of the exam table can be. My own cat, Monkey, a “slightly” overweight orange tabby man had been vomiting a little more for a few months. He still had normal energy and wanted to eat nearly anything put in front of him. Being a veterinarian’s cat, he was of course a nightmare of open mouth panting, vomiting and diarrhea pretty much immediately upon being shoved into a cat carrier, so I delayed taking him in for a bit. I assumed he probably had IBD or intestinal lymphoma, and finally decided it was worth drugging him up on gabapentin and Cerenia to at least start with some blood work.

His senior screen was unremarkable minus an ever so slight elevation in proBNP that I added on after convincing myself that I could hear a tiny murmur. I went ahead and set him up to get an abdominal ultrasound and a quick peak at his heart. The 3 days before his ultrasound, he started eating a little less and did not want to eat wet food. Now he would on occasion decide he needed more variety in wet food flavors, so this was not unheard of, but I started to become a little more concerned.

Continue reading this article and more in the
Summer 2022 SFVMA Newsletter

Become a CVMA Member

If you haven’t already done so, please consider becoming a CVMA member.

The CVMA defends your right to practice by actively representing the veterinary profession on proposed federal and state legislation and regulations at the legislature and the Veterinary Medical Board.


New CVMA Delegate Needed!

We need a new CVMA Delegate and alternative
to represent San Francisco veterinarians!

Please reach out to
Tiffany Hahn at sfvmasecretary@gmail.com
if you are interested in helping represent out community!