Welcome to SFVMA

Upcoming In-Person CE Meeting — Spring 2023

Thursday, March 16, 2023 —— 6:15pm – 8:30pm

“Blood Transfusion Practicalities”

Presented by: Kate Hopper BVSc, PhD, DACVECC

Professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care,
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.

Kate Hopper BVSc, PhD, DACVECCDr. Kate Hopper is recognized for excellence in teaching critical care and emergency medicine to professional students and residents, and for her international reputation in continuing professional education.

A professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Hopper received her veterinary degree (1991) and MVS in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (1999) from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology (2007) from UC Davis.

Recognized with teaching awards (2002, 2003) from DVM students and as an Outstanding Graduate Teacher (2004), her expertise is sought beyond the school, including teaching clinical acid-base and electrolyte physiology to UC Davis School of Nursing students and at Cornell’s week-long cardiopulmonary ‘boot’ camp for critical care residents nationally. Dr. Hopper is internationally recognized for her leadership in conference organization for AVECC and IVECC. Her co-edited/ authored reference text Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, now in its 3rd edition, is internationally recognized and essential reading for residents in training and for specialists.


6:15pm – 7:00pm  Check-in and Hors d’oeuvres
7:00pm – 7:30pm SFVMA Announcements / Updates / Dinner Starts
7:30pm – 8:30pm  CE Lecture

Dinner Menu

Hor d’Oeuvres

  • Vine Ripe Tomato Bruschetta (vegan)
  • Ahi Tuna Poke Spoons
  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers


  • Mixed Greens Salad with candied walnuts and blue cheese (can be vegan on request)

Main Course — (choose one)

  • Cedar-roasted Atlantic Salmon with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
  • Center cut Filet Mignon with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes
  • Blackened Cauliflower Steak with toasted
    almonds, carrots, salsa verde (vegan)


  • Crème Brûlée with fresh berries (vegan option available on request)

Cash bar will be available

2023 In-Person Meeting Schedule

  • Thursday, March 16
  • Thursday, June 15
  • Thursday, September 21
  • Thursday, November 16
McCormick & Kuleto’s

Meeting at McCormick & Kuleto’s in GHIRADELLI SQUARE

900 North Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109

(415) 929-1730

Meeting Sponsor

Meeting Sponsor

SFVMA Membership Enrollment for 2023 is Now Open!

Membership Applications Will be Accepted Until April 15, 2023

Dear colleagues,

We hope that your 2023 is starting off well! We are happy to announce that the SFMVA will be continuing in-person meetings this year at McCormick and Kuleto’s in San Francisco’s historic Ghirardelli Square.

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 $300 per year (for 4 quarterly in-person meetings) per member for 2023. 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. 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 2023!

Warm regards,

Dr. Brian VanHorn
SFVMA President

Dr. Anna DeVincinzi
SFVMA Vice President

Dr. Jessica Lau
SFMVA Secretary

Dr. Karen Truong
SFVMA Treasurer

In-Person CE Meetings Schedule Updated for 2023!

We are pleased to announce the 2023 schedule for SFVMA’s upcoming In-Person CE Meetings — which will be held at McCormick & Kulettos in the beautiful Ghiradelli Square — on the following dates (always on a Thursday):

March 16

June 15

September 21

November 16

SFVMA News — Spring 2023

Latest Newsletter

New President’s Statement — March 2023

It is an honor to take on the position of SFVMA President for 2023. After being briefed on what challenges Dr. Lightstone has endured during the era of COVID, I am a bit intimidated by her performance in the position. That said, I will do my best to fill her shoes. For those that do not know me, I have been practicing in San Francisco for 15 years. In my off hours I ride anything on 2 wheels, spend as much time fishing as possible, and work out my stress by playing pinball. There is a Border Terrier and two cats that share their home with me as well.

Along with thanks to outgoing President Lightstone, I would like to recognize the rest of the board that worked together to continue online meetings with CE during the Pandemic. Our CVMA representative
recently informed me that the SFVMA was our only regional VMA to accomplish this. …

Continue reading this article and more in the
Spring 2023 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 an alternative CVMA delegate to represent San Francisco veterinarians!

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