avenues pet hospital

Our Practice


Welcome to Avenues Pet Hospital!

We have provided Veterinary care to Bay Area dogs and cats in the Sunset District of San Francisco since 1949.

We have been an AAHA accredited Veterinary Hospital since 1976. AAHA accredited hospitals are recognized as being the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. 

Our clients and patients receive a level of care that big veterinary corporations and unaccredited hospitals can't provide.  

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Scott Anderson, DVM

Dr. Anderson received his DVM degree from Ohio State University in 1969. He served as a captain in the US Army from 1968 to 1972. During this period, he was assigned to the White House (Nixon Administration) and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Dr. Anderson joined Avenues Pet Hospital in 1972 and became owner of the practice in 1976. He served as chairman of the San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission from 1981-1988 and has been a consultant to the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) department of laboratory animal medicine since 1991. Dr. Anderson is an avid sports fan and, in fact, was a pitcher for OSU's NCAA championship baseball team in 1966. He is also a lifetime Dolphin Club member and a member of the AVMA, CVMA and SFVMA.

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Rick Schwach, DVM, MS

Dr. Schwach received his BS and DVM degrees from Michigan State University in 1974. After completing a one-year internship in a small animal group practice, he began his surgical residency at Colorado State University. While at CSU, he completed his orthopedic and general surgical residency and also earned an MS degree in surgery. He became board-qualified for the American College of Veterinary Surgery in 1977. Dr. Schwach joined Avenues Pet Hospital in August 1977 and became business partners with Dr. Anderson in 1983. He is a member of the AVMA and SFVMA.

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Brandy Vickers, DVM

Dr. Vickers grew up in Alabama with the constant companionship of cats, dogs, birds, frogs, and turtles. She studied zoology in Auburn University's Honors Program before graduating from the University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. While there she worked with birds of prey at the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center and was active in the Animal Welfare Action Committee performing exams and treatments for shelter animals. After graduation she moved to California with her two cats Blinky and Switch and joined Avenues Pet Hospital in 2005. Her professional interests include pain management and dentistry, and in her free time she enjoys skating, drawing, and sewing. She is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, and SFVMA.

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Viru Gopisetty, DVM

Dr. Viru (Viranjini) Gopisetty is a 2015 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a multi-specialty rotating internship at the VCA-San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in June 2016. Originally from India, Viru moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004 and has lived in different parts of the Bay Area since then. She has advanced degrees in public health and worked as a research coordinator at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine before she decided to follow her love for animals to go back to school to earn her DVM degree. She volunteered at the San Francisco SPCA and the SF Children’s Zoo before Vet school.

Viru loves all aspects of veterinary medicine but is especially passionate about geriatric/internal medicine and preventive medicine. She strives to provide a whole body approach to pet well-being. She loves working with pet guardians to help them make the most informed decisions for their beloved pets. The best part of the job for her is interacting with pets and clients and she places great value on the human-animal bond.

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Kate Sulzner, DVM, MPVM

Dr. Kate Sulzner grew up on the East Coast in Massachusetts. After pouring over James Herriot’s beloved books, she started working as an animal care assistant at a local veterinary hospital at the age of eleven. Continuing on this path, she graduated from Tufts Veterinary School in 1998. After ten years in private practice, her life-long interest in wildlife conservation and public health led her back to graduate school in 2009, where she earned a Master’s degree in epidemiology and completed a two-year program in conservation management at the University of California, Davis.

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Sophia Papageorgiou, DVM

Dr. Sophia Papageorgiou received her B.S. from U.C. Davis where she double majored in Animal Science and Zoology. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University, where she focused on international and wildlife medicine and performed field research on elephants in Tanzania. Dr. Sophia completed a Master’s in Preventive Veterinary Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology at U.C. Davis. While Dr. Sophia enjoys working as a field research veterinarian and traveling to exotic destinations, she has a particular interest in caring for companion animals here in her hometown San Francisco. When she is not seeing her small animal or wildlife patients, Dr. Sophia enjoys ice skating, photography, as well as spending time with her kitties Baxter and Anakin.