Shirley Chen, DVM

Staff Veterinarian, Pacific Heights

Dr. Shirley Chen holds a B.S. from Caltech and M.S. from Stanford University and worked for several years in the software industry before finally pursuing her passion for veterinary medicine. Her veterinary training includes a D.V.M. from the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; a year-long internship focused on small animal emergency medicine, internal medicine, and surgery through a specialty practice in the East Bay; and finally small animal acupuncture training with the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. Dr. Chen is endlessly grateful to the owners and pets who continue to trust her with their care and well-being. When not working at the SF SPCA, Dr. Chen donates her time to various spay/neuter efforts and the local senior dog rescue, Muttville.

Beyond work, Dr. Chen's happy places are on her yoga mat, on a zafu, or in her kitchen trying new recipes she's found online or in library books. She was an avid traveler in her younger years, but now prefers a quiet life in San Francisco with her spouse and rescue mutt, Scarlet.