Welcome to SFVMA


Upcoming Meeting — Summer 2019

Thursday, june 20, 2019

“Integrative Approach to Pain Management in Small Animal Medicine”

Dr. Ilana Strubel MA, DVMA, CVSMT, CCRT

Dr. Ilana Strubel MA, DVMA, CVSMT, CCRTDr. Ilana Strubel is a 1995 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in general veterinary practice in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 24 years with a special interest in Integrative Medicine. In 2014 she founded A Well Adjusted Pet, Veterinary Rehabilitation and Integrative Wellness Center, located in Pacifica, CA.

She completed her training in Animal Physical Rehabilitation through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) with additional training in Sports Medicine and Conditioning, Neuro and Geriatric Patient Rehab, Pain Management, and Veterinary Orthotics and Prosthetics. 
She recently completed coursework to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncture Therapist (CVAT) with a focus on evidence based medical acupuncture for pain management and rehabilitation; and is also certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT).

Additionally she completed a Donald G. Low-CVMA Practitioner Fellowship with UC Davis – Behavior Service in 2005 and has offered training classes with the SF/SPCA’s Behavior & Training Department, developing and teaching a Senior Dog Therapeutic Exercise course curriculum.

Dr. Ilana Strubel is also a dedicated community volunteer and currently serves on the board of Paw Fund and is credited with being the founder of Veterinary Street Outreach Services (VET SOS) where she volunteered as Project Coordinator for 12 years.   She has also served for many years on the board of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS-SF) and is a co-founder of San Francisco Aid for Animals (SFAFA).

Out of love and adoration for disabled, senior pups, she currently volunteers her skills with Muttville Senior Dog Rescue.

RSVP for Summer 2019 SFVMA Meeting
by Friday, June 14

All meetings are open to all DVMs
Non-members pay $75
Annual membership $230


6:30 pm Hors d’oeuvre and No Host Bar
7:15 pm Dinner and Meeting
8:00 pm Program

(See RSVP for full menu)

All Meetings at The Cliff House

1090 Point Lobos
San Francisco, CA 94121

(415) 386-3330

Cliff House

2019 Meeting Schedule

  • Thursday, June 20
  • Thursday, September 19
  • Thursday, NOVember 21

Rabies Clinic

Sunday, June 9, 2019
10am – 1pm
$6 per Vaccine!

(Dogs Only / Cash Only)

Rabies Clinic

The SFVMA sponsors Rabies Clinics on four Sundays each year. Rabies clinics are held at Animal Care and Control (ACC), 1200 15th Street (at Harrison), in the “Get Acquainted” Room.

Animal Care and Control

Thanks to Our Volunteers!

Thank you to all the volunteers that continually make these clinics a success! Volunteers are still needed for the upcoming 2019 Rabies Clinics. Sign up today!

Please email sfvmavp@gmail.com with your information to sign up for a clinic. Rabies clinics will be held at Animal Care and Control (ACC), 1200 15th Street (at Harrison) from 10am–1pm.

Please contact Anna DeVincenzi if you have any questions or would like to volunteer: sfvmavp@gmail.com

2019 Rabies Clinics

  • Sunday, September 8
  • Sunday, December 8

SFVMA News — Summer 2019

Summer Meeting Co-Sponsors

FeLV/FIV testing at SF ACC & SF SPCA

San Francisco Animal Care and Control (SFACC) and the San Francisco SPCA (SF SPCA) recently changed their protocols regarding retroviral testing. The following describes the issues considered in the decision for the change.

Best practices for viral testing cats in shelters has been evolving over time to reflect the practicality of testing given the inherent problems with the screening test in obtaining meaningful results. Historically, all kittens and cats in our care were tested for FeLV/FIV using an in-house ELISA test; however, research has shown that less than 2.5% of the North American feline population test positive for either FeLV or FIV. This low seroprevalence also affects the positive predictive value of our retroviral tests (i.e. if the prevalence of a disease is low, then the accuracy of the test decreases and more false-positive results may occur).…

Continue reading this article and more in the Summer 2019 SFVMA Newsletter (PDF)