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California Pet Doctors | Special Veterinary Services

Special Veterinary Services is a dedicated group of specialists. SVS assists the Bay Area's veterinary community by providing technically advanced, specialized emergency veterinary medical care in a timely and compassionate manner.

Specialists

Dr. David Detweiler
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School: Kansas State University
Internship: Small animal medical and surgical, Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group, Ventura, CA
Residency: University of California, Davis
Board Certification: Diplomate American College of Veterinary Radiology
Medical Special Interests: Radiographs and Ultrasound
Personal Interests and Bio: In his free time, Dr. Detweiler enjoys jogging, cycling, and working on older cars.

Pets and Family Info: Dr. Detweiler lives in Davis, California, with his wife, four children, and Simon the cat....Read More >
Dr. George Doering, Dermatology
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School: University of Illinois
Board Certification: Dermatology
Graduate School: Purdue University
Medical Special Interests: Allergy cases, autoimmune diseases and demodectic mange
Personal Interests and Bio:Dr. Doering was raised near Peoria, Illinois, where his family owned a small farm. There he developed a fondness for animals and chose veterinary medicine at the University of Illinois. After two and half years in private practice, he returned to graduate work (MS) at Purdue University in Indiana. He served as a faculty dermatologist at Auburn University and the University of Missouri, where he became certified in dermatology. After a stint in nutrition research, he moved to the Bay Area in 1988, owning his own dermatology practice. He has been a dermatologist at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital and Special Veterinary Services since 2001. Dr. Doering especially likes working with allergy cases, autoimmune diseases, and demodectic mange.

Pets and Family Info: His hobbies include spending time with his wife and family, international traveling, and golf. He plans to retire in two years, but he has said "two years" since 2004. His pets are Mickey, a male sheltie, and Kobe, a male black cat.
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Dr. Mark Matteucci, Radiology
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School: University of California
Residency: North Carolina State University
Board Certification: Diplomate American College of Veterinary Radiology
Medical Special Interests: Intervention radiology and cross sectional imaging, including ultrasound and computed tomography
Personal Interests and Bio:When away from the hospital, Dr. Matteucci enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, and cooking.
Dr. Rob Yelland, Dentistry
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Medical Special Interests: Dentistry, Internal medicine and surgery
Personal Interests and Bio:After graduation from veterinary school at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Yelland moved to the Bay Area where he has lived for the last 41 years. For much of that time, he owned and managed his own veterinary hospital in San Leandro. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Yelland developed his special interest in veterinary dentistry. He has been active in the American Veterinary Dental Society, including serving on its Board of Directors. His dental skills were honed through participation in an eight-year mentor-based dental residency program, operating his own dental referral practice, working with human dentists, and through regular continuing education. He is active as a dental practice consultant in the Bay Area and is a dental consultant with the Oakland Zoo. Dr. Yelland's website is www.dentistryforpets.com.

Pets and Family Info: Dr. Yelland met his wife, Gail, while they were both students at UC Davis. They recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. In April 2010, their daughter, Cara and her husband, Brian, presented them with a grandson, Miles McCrea. His hobbies include photography, cycling, and travel. The Yellands share their home with two dogs, Madra and Oski, and a cat, Abby.
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Dr. Ken Harkewicz
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School: School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Externship: Wildlife Medicine, Queensland, Australia
Graduate School: Ohio State University
Medical Special Interests: Exotic Animals
Personal Interests and Bio:Dr. Harkewicz received a degree in animal sciences from the Pennsylvania State University before doing graduate work in animal nutrition at Ohio State University. He received his VMD degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. After graduating veterinary school, he did a 20-month post-doctorate externship in wildlife medicine in Queensland, Australia, working with small marsupial populations and reptiles and amphibians. After marrying his wife Florence, he moved to the Bay Area in 1985. He has worked as an exotic animal veterinarian ever since. Dr. Harkewicz have been with the Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital since June 1997. In addition to working on non-domestic species (85% of total patient load) at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital, he is also president-elect (2010-20110) of the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (http://www.arav.org) and is a consultant to the Veterinary Information Network (http://vin.com) for reptiles and amphibian medicine, care, and surgery. VIN is a collection of over 45,000 veterinarians worldwide. Dr. Harkewicz also gives lectures on reptile and amphibians at the University of California, Davis, as well as local and nationwide reptile clubs and associations. He has had multiple papers and book chapters published on the same subjects.

Pets and Family Info: Dr. Harkewicz lives with his wife in Crockett, California. Their "kids" include a French Bulldog, Jean-Luc; a Chinese Crested X Pug cross, Lil' Pea; four cats; three parrots; 24 exotic tortoises; and some 200 plus assorted reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate pets. His personal hobbies include (when he has the time) gardening, gourmet cooking, science fiction reading, and animals in general.
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Dr. Linda J. Siperstein ("Dr. Sip")
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School: Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine
Internship: The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston MA
Medical Special Interests: Small animal and exotic medicine and surgery
Personal Interests and Bio: After 21 years in the Boston area, Dr. Sip is finally back in her beloved Bay Area where she grew up. She attended high school in Marin and received her bachelor of science from Northwestern University. After a first career as a radio producer at KQED in San Francisco, she moved to the East Coast and soon realized it was time to pursue her dream career. After receiving her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, she went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery from The Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston. Dr. Sip knew even before veterinary school that she had a passion for not only dogs and cats, but also for those curious creatures we call “exotic pets”. From parrots to ferret, from bunnies to turtles, hedgehogs to chinchillas and pet chickens, Dr. Sip just can’t get enough of our more unusual pets. Dr. Sip lives in Oakland, with her husband, two dogs, a three-legged cat, a parrot and a box turtle. ... Read More >

Emergency

Dr. Christina Marion
Dr. Christina Marion
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School: University of California, Davis
Internship: Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego
Medical Special Interests: Emergency medicine
Personal Interests and Bio: Dr. Marion grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, although she was born abroad in Chile and lived for several years in Indonesia as a child. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and from there went up to Davis to complete veterinary school. During veterinary school, she thoroughly enjoyed research and worked closely with a laboratory that investigated heart disease and clotting disorders in cats. She was also greatly involved in the student emergency & critical care club as well as helping to found the pain management club. After graduation, she moved away from her husband for a year to complete further training at a rotating internship at Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. As an emergency clinician, she loves being able to provide relief and care for people and their animals in a time of need and stress....Read More >
Dr. Matthew Blanchong
Dr. Matthew Blanchong, DVM MS
Veterinary Degree: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary School: Ohio State Univerisity, Columbus
Internship: Four Seasons Animal Hospital, Lafayette, CA
Medical Special Interests: Emergency, Critical Care and Pathology
Personal Interests and Bio: Dr. Blanchong was born in Springfield, Ohio and grew up in Columbus Ohio. He attended the University of Notre Dame and received bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Japanese. After graduation, Dr. Blanchong spent 3 years living abroad in Japan, working and studying. He developed a deep passion for Asian food and culture while there and has been back to visit several times. After returning to the US, Dr. Blanchong was an investment banker in California for 3 years before returning to school to pursue his veterinary degree at Ohio State University. Dr. Blanchong has worked exclusively in the emergency and critical care field and completed a 3 year residency in Lafayette, California. In his free time, Matt loves reading, swimming and running. He also enjoys fine cuisine and tasting various California wines.

Pets and Family Info: Dr. Blanchong's family lives mostly in Columbus, Ohio to which he remains very close. He enjoys rescuing golden retrievers and in his free time, Matt loves reading, swimming and running. He also enjoys fine cuisine and tasting various California wines.
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