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National Veterinary Technician Week

October 16-22 is National Veterinary Technician Week. Every year, these amazing individuals are honored for their intense dedication to the animal care profession. They are our animal advocates, and they speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

What does it take to be a vet tech?

It takes grit, determination, kindness, empathy, attention to detail, the ability to be coached, excellent communication skills, a drive to push through  the toughest of days, and a deep-seeded love for animals.

How can I show my appreciation?

A simple “thank you” or an “I appreciate you” can go miles. Also, pay it forward: do a kind deed for someone—anyone—without asking for recognition.

How does someone become a vet tech?

The veterinary field is currently in much need of more individuals joining our wonderful profession. There are two veterinary technician schools in the Bay Area. For information on them, visit:

Carrington College 
Foothill College

How can I help the veterinary profession?

Consider working in shelters and for non-profit outfits. Animals need care, and they need love too. If you have the ability to provide one-on-one time with these incredible creatures, not only does it improve their lives; it also improves yours. Studies have shown that time spent with animals decreases stress and improves the quality of life for humans. Even if you don’t intend to adopt an animal, by providing animals human contact filled with love, you can help them learn to trust humans for a better future in a forever home.

And if you’re interested in making a donation to the local veterinary field, please consider one of these amazing outfits:

Island Cat Resources and Adoption Rescue (ICRA)
Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS)
Animal Fix Clinic

Is Your Pet Microchipped?

There have been millions of happy reunions of lost pets and their families since the use of microchips in pets began about 25 years ago. Microchips are quickly and easily implanted by veterinary technicians and have no negative effects. They provide a permanent ID that will last your pet’s lifetime.

Poster about microchipping from the AVMA. Microchipped dogs are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owner.

Cara’s Travel Tips

A PDF of Cara Yanussi’s experienced advice for taking a road trip with your pet(s) is available here.

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Alameda Pet Hospital is now hosting in-person examinations for pets of vaccinated clients on a limited basis. We are also continuing our curbside care. We still require all clients to call or text us upon arrival, even for those who plan to enter our building for their animal’s examination. Masks are required.

When you arrive, please call us at 510-523-1626 and select option 2.


Text the phrase “I’M HERE” to 510-523-1626. Be sure to include your first name, last name, and your pet’s name.

Exams & Non-Urgent Questions

We are utilizing several alternatives to phone calls due to our extremely high call volume. Please reach out to us via email at or text us at 510-523-1626 for refill requests, non-urgent questions, or appointment requests.  Please include your full name and your animal’s name when texting us. We will get back to you within 1-2 business days.

We require 24 hours notice minimum when canceling an appointment. There may be a fee for a violation of this policy. Please communicate with our staff if you are unable to keep your appointment.

Due to increased demand for services, we require a deposit for new clients. This fee will be applied to the first veterinary visit. If the appointment is canceled more than 24 hours in advance, the funds will be refunded to the card used. If the appointment is rescheduled, the deposit will roll over to the new appointment.

Prescription Refills

If your pet needs a prescription refilled, you might want to try our online pharmacy so that your order can be delivered directly to your home. Medication refill requests may also be submitted via email or text (510-523-1626). Requests received before 12 pm for medications with refills previously authorized will be available for pick-up after 4 pm the same day, otherwise the next day. Medications without previously approved refills must be approved by one of our veterinarians. Please allow an additional business day for approval.

Coronavirus Information

For the very latest information on COVID-19, you can check these sites:

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WHO – World Health Organization
WSAVA – World Small Animal Veterinary Association

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If you need veterinary care for birds, reptiles, or small mammals, click here for Dr. Granzow’s list of local exotic vets.

Our New Office Hours

8:00 am–6:00 pm

Our reception area will be closed daily from 12:30–2:00 pm for training and lunch breaks.

We are happy to announce that we are again accepting new clients!

Contact Us

(510) 523-1626

Alameda Pet Hospital
2275 Buena Vista Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
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