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. 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. Jessica Hunter
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. Caitlin Nordberg
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!