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!

Our Team

Dr. Phil Villard


Dr. Villard graduated from U.C. Davis in 2003 after completing a Master of Science in Biology at Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature at U.C. Berkeley. Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Villard worked as a veterinary technician for several years where he gained a love of the profession.

Upon graduation, Dr. Villard spent a year at Castro Valley Companion Animal Hospital, and beginning in 2004, worked eight years of overnight shifts at Pets Unlimited where he specialized in emergency and urgent care. He then transitioned to day shifts, dividing his time between general practice, emergency medicine and surgery. In 2014, Pets Unlimited merged with the San Francisco SPCA where Dr. Villard remained employed until August of 2021, at which point he transitioned to San Francisco Pet Hospital.

Dr. Villard and his wife live in San Francisco, and share their home with several cats and two dogs, all of whom were adopted as strays.

Dr. Bobby Leyba


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. Christina Geldert


Dr. Christina Geldert realized at an early age she was destined to be a veterinarian and made that dream come true at Colorado State University in 2021. Prior to veterinary school, she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Political Science from California Lutheran University.

Dr. Geldert has two primary interests in veterinary medicine - companion animals and honey bees. Throughout undergraduate and veterinary school, she was busy managing beehives on campus, educating students and conducting research on these amazing creatures. Within small animal medicine, she is passionate about dermatology, internal medicine, surgery and feline medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Geldert enjoys painting, reading, gardening and exploring the city from the sunny side of the sidewalk.

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: manager@sfpethospital.com

About Us


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!


  • 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: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: Closed


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


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! Our clinic does not work directly with pet insurance companies or process claims, but we are happy to provide medical records to your insurance company once requested after you have opened your claim. We also welcome Care Credit, a popular credit/payment plan program used for veterinary bills. Below are just a few of the pet insurance and payment plan companies used by San Francisco Pet Hospital clientele:

CareCreditTrupanionASPCAEmbrace NationwideLemonadeHealthy Paws

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