Joe Fong, DVM
Dr. Fong joined Irving Pet Hospital in 2007 and serves as the practice’s Medical Director. He received his DVM from UC Davis and is 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 says he enjoys being involved with patients from the time they are kittens and puppies and watching them grow up to become wonderful additions to the family.
At home, Dr. Fong and his wife have a child in elementary school and many pets they enjoy caring for, including two Old English Sheepdogs named Pepper and Bobby and a long-haired Dachshund named Magic. They also have several birds including Bourke’s parakeets Gabbie, Cassie, Gucci, and Charlotte, as well as a Blue Pacific Parrotlet named Cheep Cheep.
Associate Veterinarian/Urgent Care
Born and raised in Voronezh, Russia, Dr. Kartashova grew up with an interest in animals. After graduating with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006, she moved to San Francisco in the hopes of finding some adventure and has loved the bay ever since. When Dr. Kartashova is tending to your furry friends, she especially loves internal medicine and surgery.
When she isn’t working with your furry friends at the hospital, you may find Dr. Kartashova traveling with friends, checking out local concerts, or snuggling her senior cat, named Marusya.
In addition to her cat, she has a soft spot for sighthounds dogs and hopes to get one in the future.
Dr. Zhu joined Irving Pet Hospital in 2022. He graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2018 and received his DVM from Western University of Health Sciences in 2022. As a San Francisco native, Dr. Zhu is excited to be returning home after pursuing his education to help improve the community and provide quality veterinary medicine. His professional interests include small animal and exotic medicine, surgery, and emergency.
During his free time, Dr. Zhu enjoys spending time caring for his zoo of animals at home, hiking, and learning new cooking recipes.