VETERINARIANS

Lee Morris, DVMLee Morris, DVM

Dr. Lee Morris re-opened the doors to the San Francisco Pet Hospital in August of 1981 after extensively remodeling the facility. Dr. Morris pointed out that the facility has been in operation since before the 1906 earthquake. The building was built in 1905 and the first veterinary medicine was practiced here in 1906.

Dr. Morris attended Colorado State University where he received his undergraduate degree in biology in 1972. He then went on to earn his Masters in Animal Sciences from the same university in 1973. He was awarded his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1977. While working on his Doctoral degree he spent time on the Navajo Indian Reservation teaching veterinary science and performing animal health work.

Today Dr. Morris has a special interest in dentistry and surgery. He is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

When asked what was most satisfying about being a veterinarian, he said he liked the "challenge of solving complicated problems."

Dr. Morris has a passion for skiing. He skis primarily in Lake Tahoe during winter and travels to South America to ski in the summer time.

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Bobby Leyba, DVMBobby Leyba, DVM

Dr. Bobby Leyba's mother is a nurse, so as he puts it, "the health care profession runs in the family." Growing up in Chicago in a high-rise apartment, his pets were a series of beloved cats. He began working at the San Francisco Pet Hospital as a veterinary assistant with Dr. Morris back in the early 1990s and later rejoined us as a veterinarian in 2003.

While earning his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of California Santa Cruz, Dr. Leyba researched and co-authored a study on elephant seals at the Año Nuevo State Park. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of California Davis in 2000. During veterinary school Dr. Leyba completed externships at the Marin Humane Society, University of Utrecht Netherlands, and the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Following graduation, he spent one year as an intern at the Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles.

Dr. Leyba, his wife Stefanie, and their son Elias have three four-legged companions, Pippen (a cattle dog) and two cats, Ebi and Delilah. Dr. Leyba and Stefanie love to travel and hope to one day go whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. Dr. Leyba's secret desire is to play in the World Series of Poker.

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Jessica Hunter, DVMJessica Hunter, DVM

Dr. Jessica Hunter grew up in Tucson, Arizona, surrounded by animals of all kinds. Her mother was the curator of education at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. "Her job had her bringing in all sorts of animals to the house: javalinas, kestral hawks, snakes, tarantulas, tortoises..." Dr. Hunter says. "She also allowed us to have a personal menagerie: dogs, cats, a pony, fish, tadpoles, snakes, newts, rats, guinea pigs, and even a skunk." Because of this affection for all types of animals, Dr. Hunter says, "The general opinion in the household was that being a veterinarian was about the most noble profession one could aspire to."

Dr. Hunter earned a bachelor of science in geology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998. Prior to attending veterinary school, she worked at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists and at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty Center in Tucson. She was also an environmental consultant.

She earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2008 from the University of California, Davis. She joined San Francisco Pet Hospital in 2009.

She says, "I love having a profession that allows me to connect with people on a topic that is deeply close to their hearts, while also allowing me to exercise the intellectual aspects of practicing medicine."

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