Welcome to SFVMA


Upcoming Meeting — Fall 2019

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

“Have You Gone Loco? Locoregional Analgesic Techniques to Minimize Opiate Usage”

Dr. Alexander Hawley, DVM, MS, DACVAA

Dr. Alexander Hawley, DVM, MS, DACVAADr. Hawley joined The Sams Clinic in 2009. As the on-staff anesthesiologist, he vigilantly monitors patients before, during, and after surgery to ensure their well-being and comfort. He wants pets to be free of anxiety and pain yet alert after surgery.
This goal is accomplished by using a progressive, multi-modal approach, combining local and regional techniques with lower doses of systemic medications. In addition, as the director of the Pain
Management Clinic, Dr. Hawley supplements more conventional protocols with both state-of-the-art allopathic therapies and acupuncture.

After obtaining his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 2005, Dr. Hawley went on to do a year long internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Kansas State University, followed by a three-year residency in anesthesiology at Tufts University. He also holds a master’s degree in anatomy and is a certified acupuncturist.

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2019 Meeting Schedule

  • Thursday, September 19
  • Thursday, November 21

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

Rabies Clinic

Sunday, SEPTEMBER 8, 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 — Fall 2019

Fall Meeting Sponsor

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A study presented at the 2019 convention for American Psychologist Association finds that veterinarians and others who work with animals on a daily basis deal with stressful and emotional events that put them at a higher risk of developing mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and, in some cases, suicidal thoughts.

Are veterinarians and other animal carers more prone to depression and anxiety? Apparently yes. In a study using data from 1979 to 2015 it was found that veterinarians are at particularly high risk of suicide with veterinarians taking their own lives at two to 3.5 times more often than the general population. Several studies have identified a link between suicide and occupation including the healthcare professions and our own profession. The rate of suicide in the veterinary profession has been pegged as close to twice that of the dental profession, more than twice that of the medical profession, and 4 times the rate in the general population. But apparently, it is not just veterinarians.…

Continue reading this article and more in the
Fall 2019 SFVMA Newsletter