Welcome to
San Francisco Pet Hospital

Proudly caring for pets in the Bay Area since 1981.

We strive to provide the best client experience and medical care for your pet. We are grateful to our local community for their decades of support and look forward to meeting you and your pet!

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Our Team

Dr. Bobby Leyba
Medical Director & Owner

Bio

Dr. Bobby Leyba’s mother is a nurse, so as he puts it, “the healthcare 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 San Francisco Pet Hospital as a veterinary assistant with Dr. Lee Morris back in the early 1990s and later rejoined as a veterinarian in 2003.
While earning his undergraduate degree in biology from 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, Olive (a black lab) and and two cats, Ebi and Delilah.

Dr. Jessica Hunter

Bio

Dr. Jessica Hunter grew up in Tucson, Arizona, surrounded by animals of all kinds. Her mother was the curator of education at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and her job had her bringing in all sorts of animals to the house: javelinas, kestrel falcons, snakes, tarantulas, tortoises. Dr. Hunter grew up with a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats, a pony, fish, tadpoles, snakes, newts, rats, guinea pigs, even a skuni. 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.
Dr. Hunter 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."

Dr. Ross Hancock

Bio

Dr. Ross Hancock was born and raised in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area of sunny South Florida. He received both his bachelor’s degree in Zoology and his veterinary degree from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). While in veterinary school, he was a class officer and was part of an organization that provides veterinary care to animals in Honduras and traveled there 3 different times during school. Following veterinary school, Dr. Hancock made the move from Florida to California and has enjoyed every minute of it! Prior to joining San Francisco Pet Hospital, Dr. Hancock was an associate at a 24-hr hospital in Berkeley. He has specific interests in primary care, emergency medicine and geriatric/palliative care and one day would like to own a veterinary practice.
Having grown up in tropical southern Florida, Dr. Hancock enjoys anything outdoors including SCUBA diving, kayaking, freshwater fishing, hiking and long-distance running. He also enjoys traveling, working out and exploring local breweries.

Dr. Caitlin Nordberg

Bio

Dr. Caitlin Nordberg is a San Francisco native. Growing up in the Outer Sunset, her lifelong dream has been to become a veterinarian. Dr. Nordberg began pursuing this dream as she studied at the University of California, Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies. Upon graduation, she moved to the island of Grenada, where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from St. George’s University. Dr. Nordberg completed her clinical year at North Carolina State University.
Throughout college and prior to attending veterinary school, she worked at a small veterinary hospital in Southern California. Dr. Nordberg couldn’t be happier to be back home by the bay and is looking forward to serving the community through their pets. Dr. Nordberg has a special interest in skin problems and many areas of internal medicine including gastrointestinal and hormonal diseases.
In her free time, Dr. Nordberg enjoys hiking with her dog, running, traveling and trying new restaurants and coffee shops around the city!

Coming soon!

At San Francisco Pet Hospital, we welcome the opportunity to meet talented individuals who value teamwork, client service, and caring for pets.  If you would like to learn more about potential career opportunities, please send your resume to the Hospital Manager, Richard Garcia:  Richard@sfpethospital.com.

About Us

History

San Francisco Pet Hospital, believed to be the oldest veterinary hospital in Northern California, first opened in 1905, a year before the 1906 Earthquake. At the time the hospital treated all types of animals, from carriage horses to dairy cows, but today focuses on the dogs and cats we call part of the family.
Our more recent history begins with Dr. Lee Morris who purchased the hospital in 1979 and performed an extensive remodel for two years, re-opening it in 1981. In 2019, after a long and successful career, Dr. Morris sold the hospital to his Associate Veterinarian of 16 years, Dr. Bobby Leyba.
Today continuing the legacy established by Dr. Morris, we strive to provide the best client experience and medical care for your pet possible. We pride ourselves on our place in the local neighborhood, situated in the charming neighborhood of NOPA just a few blocks away from the historic “Painted Ladies” houses and Alamo Square Park. We are grateful to our local community for their decades of support and look forward to meeting you and your pet!

Hours

  • Monday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Services

  • Preventative Care
  • Vaccinations
  • Dental Care
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Surgery

Coming soon!

Community Involvement

San Francisco Pet Hospital is proud to be a part of our local community.  We are always excited to partner with local businesses and animal rescue organizations to further the quality of care for pets within and enrich the human-animal bond.  Please contact us if you have any additional questions.  

Resources

Emergency and Specialty Care Providers

Pet Insurance

We hope that your pet lives a happy and healthy life but there could be a time where your pet may have a medical event that could be costly. Because of this, it’s good to plan for the unexpected! We encourage pet parents to explore insurance coverage for their pet. We accept all pet health insurance plans. Most pet insurance plans are designed to reimburse you after payment has been made to the veterinary hospital. For more information on pet insurance, please visit:

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Helpful Links

Poison Control

Visit ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center website for any animal poison- related emergency.

Traveling with your Pet

Basic information on domestic and international travel of pets by the US Department of Agriculture