VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

Stephen Atwater, DVM, DACVIM/Oncology, Veterinary Specialist

DVM, Colorado State University
Certifications: DACVIM/Oncology
Departments: Oncology

Biography

Stephen Atwater, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), attended Lafayette College and graduated with a B.S. in 1981. He then attended Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where he graduated in1989. Dr. Atwater completed his residency in oncology and received his M.S. in clinical sciences in 1993. Professional interests include internal medicine and oncology. He is a member of the following professional organizations: ACVIM, AVMA, AAHA, VCS, CCVMA. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, cycling and cooking.

Dr. Atwater says: “I chose the field of oncology because I get to work with some of the most devoted and compassionate pet owners, helping them make the best decision for their animal’s cancer. This is an often satisfying aspect of a sometimes frustrating specialty. Often times, I can provide some hope, when none is expected. Although most of my patients are never cured of their cancer, they typically obtain good quality of life for the remainder of their time.”

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In an Emergency ...

1. Contact your general veterinarian's office. They may be more closely located and available to assist you.

2. If it is after hours or VCA SFVS is more conveniently located, call us at (415) 401-9200 and provide the client service representative with:

  • Your name and your pet's name
  • Your location and estimated time of arrival
  • Your pet's emergency

3. Get support to safely transport your pet to VCA SFVS. If you have medical records related to your pet’s emergency, please bring those with you.

24/7 Urgent Care and Emergency Services

  • Complete intensive care unit (ICU) laboratory
  • Endoscopic foreign body removal
  • Full range of blood products
  • Oxygen therapy
  • 24-hour ICU monitoring by veterinary nurses trained in critical care, surgery and internal medicine
  • Emergency surgical service
  • Around-the-clock access to SFVS specialists
  • Post-operative care for referring veterinarians' surgical cases

We are committed to keeping your trusted primary care veterinarian informed and in the loop!

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