Dr. Joe A. Fong is a General Practitioner and Medical Director here at Irving Pet Hospital. He attended UC Berkeley for his undergraduate studies where he majored in Integrated Science and minored in Asian American History. He graduated with a BS in Integrated Science in 1993 and three years later began his veterinary studies at UC Davis where he earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. He has been with us since May of 2007.
Dr. Fong is also a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. A native San Franciscan, Dr. Fong says he could not imagine life as anything other than a veterinarian. “There is an honesty that animals bring to our lives,” he says. “They accept us for who we are and don’t judge. It is that bond and the excitement of science and medicine that makes every day a new day.” Most of all, Dr. Fong enjoys being involved with the patients from the time they are a kitten or puppy through to adulthood and their senior years and in need of a bit more veterinary care.
At home, Dr. Fong has a number of pets that he and his wife enjoy taking care of.
Dr. Anna DeVincenzi is a general practitioner here at Irving Pet Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degrees–a BA in Psychobiology with a minor in Psychology–at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1995. During her undergraduate studies she volunteered at the Long Marine Laboratory in Santa Cruz where she worked with sea lions for three years. She also worked as a volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Moss Landing. In 2001, Dr. DeVincenzi entered University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.
Dr. DeVincenzi’s areas of professional interest include medicine and surgery. She is a member of the California Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association, and the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association.
Raised in Los Altos, California, she says her desire to become a veterinarian started at a young age. “My family always had dogs and cats while I was growing up, and I experienced the joy that a pet can bring to your life,” she says. “I realized then that my love and compassion for animals and their welfare could be best expressed by becoming a veterinarian. Being a veterinarian combines my love for animals along with an avid interest in science and medicine.”
At home, Dr. DeVincenzi has a domestic shorthair cat named Clara. Beyond her animal care responsibilities, she enjoys most outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing, and biking. She also likes to travel, bake/cook, and dance.
Dr. Jones is a native of the Boston area and earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Bates College in 2003. He spent some time working with aquatic animals—fish and invertebrates right up to marine mammals—prior to working as a veterinary technician with dogs and cats.
He earned his veterinary degree from Cornell University and made tracks for the west coast, ultimately working as a small animal associate in Napa and Marin prior to joining the staff at IPH. Dr. Jones enjoys many aspects of veterinary medicine, including internal medicine, dentistry and surgery. In his spare time, he continues to enjoy exploring all the wonders of the West, both locally and farther afield.
Dr. Jessica Lau is a general practitioner at Irving Pet Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree—a Bachelor of Science in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology—at the University of California, San Diego, while working as a veterinary technician to gain experience in the field. She went on to graduate from veterinary school at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
After graduating, she completed a one year rotating small animal internship focusing on emergency, surgery, medicine, dermatology, oncology, and ophthalmology at Pet Emergency and Specialty Center of Marin. Through the internship she developed a professional interest in general practice, emergency medicine, dermatology, and internal medicine. She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association.
As a native to the Bay Area, outside of work she enjoys traveling, exploring the Bay Area’s hiking trails, pursuing local farmer’s markets and craft fairs, swimming, cooking/baking, and relaxing with her dachshund/terrier mix Chip.
We are very pleased to have Dr. Bill Rivers as our consulting radiologist. Dr. Rivers graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and, after an internship with Dr. Steven Ettinger in Los Angeles the following year, he practiced general small animal medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years. Dr. Rivers then completed specialty training and a PhD in Radiology from the University of Minnesota. He became board-certified as a specialist in Veterinary Radiology by the American College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. After being on staff at two veterinary schools and a private specialty practice, he established his Bay Area Consulting practice in 1989.
Dr. Rivers performs the more complicated ultrasound examinations on our patients and helps us interpret our more complicated x-ray studies on our patients. His extensive training and experience helps us to provide the highest level of care for our patients.