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Balboa Pet Hospital

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3329 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 1-415-752-3300
Fax: 1-415-752-8782

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Monday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Tuesday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Wednesday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Thursday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Friday7:30 AM6:00 PM
Saturday7:30 AM5:00 PM
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In Memory of Paul D. Clary III DVM

Respected San Francisco Veterinarian


Pet owners in the San Francisco area have been relying on Balboa Pet Hospital for comprehensive pet healthcare services since 1948. Dr. Paul D. Clary and his wife, Alice began the Clary family's history in this Outer Richmond neighborhood in 1966, when they purchased the San Francisco veterinary hospital from Drs. Fried and Chafets.  Dr. Clary and Alice worked together to create a well respected hospital with a welcoming atmosphere that puts pets and their families at ease as soon as they enter the reception area. Many of our clients came here with their parents as children or grandchildren!

Dr. Clary, who grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin and Petaluma, California, became a veterinarian partly because of something his father, a chemist, said: “If I had to do it all over again, I'd be a veterinarian.” After starting his post-secondary education at Santa Rosa Junior College, he went on to earn a certificate in Animal Husbandry and then a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science at the University of California at Davis. He stayed at UC Davis for his veterinary school training and earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1963. He was an active member and the past president of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association and proudly held memberships in the American Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Animal Hospital Association.


But these credentials only give a glimpse into the man.  He is remembered with respect by all who knew him: clients, colleagues, and employees alike.  His clients and patients remember his empathy, compassion and the time he was willing to devote to their needs. He was veterinarian and friend to many of our clients.  He built a cart for a paralyzed patient, before you could buy them commercially.  One client tells of the time he took time out to come over and take one last stroll around the block with them and their beloved retriever.  He valued his client's time and always wore a wrist watch, determined not to keep a client waiting unless there was a real emergency.  He took the time to explain to children of clients what was happening with their pets.  He was a teacher in this way, drawing diagrams to help explain.  He was life long learner and an avid reader of veterinary textbooks and journals.  He used this knowledge to perform a multitude of intricate surgeries, back in the days before veterinary specialists.  While he did the "doctoring", Alice ran the business.  She also pinch hit for veterinary assistants now and then!

Every thing Dr. Clary did, he did well.   He also loved ranching, scuba diving, motorcycles, old cars, FLYING.  Above all, he loved his wife Alice with whom he shared 55 years of marriage, followed by their children and grandchildren and, of course his cat Pete, and his dog, Fathom.  Retirement was appealing, but it meant careful planning.


Under his watchful eye, as he moved into retirement, Balboa Pet Hospital moved into a new era.  He and Alice worked to build an exceptional team of experienced veterinarians and a caring, professional hospital staff.  Sadly, Dr. Clary passed away in 2011, but his wife Alice remains the owner of the hospital and active in all management decisions.  Her focus continues to be providing client centered service, clean comfortable surroundings and the best possible care, whether it’s a wellness exam or major surgery. Many of the Clary children and grandchildren are (or have been) part of the team. Starting out as Kennel Attendants or Reception Assistants, they all grew up proud to be part of Balboa Pet Hospital's history. 

We pledge to treat YOU, our clients and patients, as Dr. Clary did.  We will continue to nurture and support your relationship with your pet by providing quality health care services, pet care education and counseling, and our best efforts to keep your companion happy and healthy for a long time. 

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  •           8/29/2017

    I love Balboa Pet Hospital! Balboa Pet Hospital's staff is amazing! The staff is knowledgeable, caring and above all honest! I feel confident that my pets are getting the best possible care there. The staff has always taken time to answer all of my questions and if I think of something after my appointment, I can just email! I know I won’t have to wait too long for response.

    Unfortunately, this year I’ve had to make some really difficult decisions. The compassion the staff showed to both my pet and I made these unbearable times tolerable. I am indebted to both Dr. Del Rosso and (the wonderful) Dr. Ravn for their kindness, compassion and dedication.

    If you are new to the area or just looking for a new vet, please give Balboa pet Hospital a call!

  •           6/5/2017

    LOVE everything about this place!!! The people are all super nice & caring. I never feel like they’re trying to sell me stuff I don’t need. The vets (especially Dr. Alice Chan) are wonderful, I always fee; comfortable coming here whenever Walle has an issue. They even help me file the insurance claims after each visit! Would highly recommended any pet owners to see them for their fur-baby needs.

  •           6/5/2017

    My dog has been a regular patient since 7 years ago. Once in a while we visit other hospitals due to time conflicts. However, we always go back to Balboa Pet Hospital. My dog has bad allergy and the doctors and assistants always follow up with us after the treatments or visits, help us submit the insurance claims. It’s not a cheapest place to go but their patience and caring are irreplaceable.

  •           4/28/2017

    I’m glad to have found Balboa Pet Hospital near my home. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Dr. Chan saw my dog, Oreo, for her skin problem last week, and my three cats, Pepper, Tofu and Cola, today for annual check-up. She’s very patient (especially with Oreo who’s shy to strangers), knowledgeable and approachable. The front staffs are also very friendly and helpful. They are so prompt to reply my email (within a few hours when I checked back my mailbox). All my pets are about 1-year-old and I’ll definitely bring them here for their health issues/checkup in many years followed.

  •           5/4/2017

    Brought my dog here for a checkup and some minor concerns. Dr. Chan was very professional. She got my dog the treatment he needed and answered all my questions regarding my concerns. The rest of the staff were very friendly and gentle with my dog. You could tell that the staff are genuine animal lovers; definitely something you want when you entrust the health of your pet to someone.

  •           5 of 5

    Been bringing our animals to Balboa for over 25 years and will continue because they provide great advice and care. We love Dr. D and staff are really helpful and friendly. Now if I can find medical care for myself like my animals get at Balboa...

  •           5 of 5

    I have been a patron of Balboa Pet Hospital for almost 500 years now (wink). I love Everybody there and feel they are have always been a great resource and the BEST support system for everything pertaining to my pets.


    The staff is very kind and gentle, the doctors are very caring and patient when dealing with my scared cat Lulu. I appreciate the time they took to put her at ease and making this procedure as painless as possible for the both of us. Will definitely be spreading the word. Thank you Balboa Pet Hospital.

    Linda P. San Francisco, CA

    The staff is so kind and helpful but most importantly the vets there are super nice. Big shout out especially to Dr. Ravn, one of the most compassionate persons I've ever met. I was distraught recently because my elderly kitty was really sick, Dr. Ravn squeezed me into her busy schedule, hugged me and took care of my kitty right away. I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. She's always so patient and spends time to explain what her thoughts are and works with you on a plan of action. She always personally follows up and give me additional insights and recommendations. I rarely met a vet so dedicated to both patients and their owners.

    Flo A (12/7/2017)

    They are professional and dedicated to take care of the pets. It is my our first time have pet dog and they are actually helpful guiding us to have a healthy baby dog. Thanks for the staff for being friendly and approachable. Keep loving your work and people will most likely to appreciate you.

    Dyan M. (11/22/2017)

    Family has been coming to Balboa since the early 1980's with our
    first cat, Rascal, then Kahlua & Tommy, Annie, Tigger & Rocco,
    Rosie, Chelsea, and Ruby. Two more kittens (Rose and Shadow)
    will be joining too. Wouldn't trust anyone else.


    I have been taking cats to Balboa Pet Hospital for more than 30
    years. The veterinarians and staff have always taken excellent care
    of my cats. They helped me keep the cats healthy and happy &
    have always been great when the cats were ill