VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists

Maps & Driving Directions

valet-at-the-vetThank you for making an appointment with one of our clinicians. Please note that parking in our area can be rather difficult. If you cannot locate any street parking, feel free to utilize one of the options below.

Note: Parking for longer than 10 minutes in the white loading zone is not advised as San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency frequently patrols the area and will ticket your vehicle.


Option #1: Complimentary Valet Parking (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Please pull into the white zone in front of our hospital and the valet parking attendant will assist you.

Option #2: Erie Auto Truck and Repair

Located on the corner of 18th and Harrison is Erie Auto Truck and Repair. The driveway for this facility has two large signs that read San Francisco Veterinary Specialists. Two vehicles can fit beneath either sign. Please be mindful of the garage entrance as to not block access for our neighbor.

Driving Directions

From the Bay Bridge

Take the 5th Street exit. Turn left onto Harrison Street, then left onto 18th Street. The hospital is on the right-hand side at the corner of Alabama and 18th Street.

From the Peninsula/South Bay

From 101, exit at the Cesar Chavez / Potrero Street exit. Bear left onto Potrero Avenue. Turn left onto 18th Street. The hospital will be on the left-hand side at the corner of 18th Street and Alabama Street. You can also take the Vermont Street exit, make a left onto Vermont, then left onto 17th Street. Take 17th to Alabama and turn left one block until 18th Street. The hospital is on the corner of 18th Street and Alabama Street.

From the Golden Gate Bridge

From 101, take the Lombard Street exit (Hwy. 101) and continue to Van Ness Avenue. Take a right on Van Ness. Continue approximately 2.7 miles and take a left on 18th Street. Continue down 18th St until Harrison, make a right on Harrison, an immediate left back onto 18th St. Take your first right onto Alabama. The hospital is on the corner of 18th Street and Alabama Street.

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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!