Amid national vet shortage, new animal hospital opens in

It’s not just you pet owners. Finding veterinarians available for emergency pet care has been harder than ever, in a shortage of veterinary care the Chronicle documented last year. And it’s not just the Bay Area, as the American Veterinary Medical Association says there’s a “national shortage of veterinary staff,” while vet appointments are up 6.5% in 2021, as more people were working from home.

But medical help is on the way, at least for those with four legs, fur, feathers or scales. The Noah Animal Hospital just opened its doors on Wednesday, November 2, at 24th and Church Streets. The new establishment will be open from Monday to Saturday.

“Whether you want to discuss the ongoing management of a chronic illness or come to us for urgent care for your furry friend, we hope you find our style of knowledgeable and compassionate care perfect for your pet,” Noe Animal Hospital co-medical director Dr. Viru Gopisetty said in a statement. “And with such pressure on veterinary services in the San Francisco area, we’re excited to offer more pet parents the ability to access timely care when their pets need it.”

According to Noe Animal Hospital Patient Care Page, the care center offers “in-house diagnostic, dental and surgical centers helping with faster diagnoses.” According to their website, they also offer microchipping, vaccinations, parasite prevention, neutering, and sterilization.

The new clinic comes just seven months after the SF SPCA sold its Pac Heights plant, which offered 24/7 care, although that location is now a private veterinary clinic. The SF SPCA, meanwhile, has transferred these resources to a new community veterinary clinic located in the Excelsior District.

Noah Animal Hospital is at 3818 24th Street (at Church Street), Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Make an appointment here

Benjamin M. Yerger