Veterinarians of Park Animal Hospital

San Francisco VeterinarianRobert H. Arrick, DVM

Dr. Robert Arrick opened Park Animal Hospital in 1984 and was involved in every phase of the hospital's development, from the design of the building to the purchase of medical equipment. Before starting his own veterinary practice, he worked at a number of animal hospitals in the San Francisco area.

A San Francisco native, Dr. Arrick attended the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences in 1972. He continued his education at the University of California, Davis, and was awarded his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Arrick completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the prestigious Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Arrick's professional interests include surgery and internal medicine, and he also enjoys the management responsibilities that come with running a veterinary hospital.

Dr. Arrick and his wife Jan are the proud parents of twin boys Noah and Eli. He is a life-long sports enthusiast and enjoys running, training, swimming, playing golf, tennis, and basketball in his free time. He also volunteers as a youth soccer, baseball, and basketball coach. The Arrick family shares their home with their rescue animals; Kiwi (Chihuahua mix) and Oni the tuxedo cat.

Vet in San FranciscoJessica Holliday, DVM

Dr. Jessica Holliday joined Park Animal Hospital in July 2014. She is skilled, compassionate general practitioner and her knowledge and expertise in the art of acupuncture have allowed us to offer this alternative healing treatment to our patients. Along with alternative medicine, her professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, geriatric care and pain management. She is a member of the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the California Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners.

A true advocate for animals, Dr. Holliday finds great reward in being able to enrich the bond between pets and their caregivers and helping to give a voice to these furry family members. She especially appreciates the resilience of animals she has witnessed during her career.

"I have helped rescue birds, rodents, cats and dogs from various situations," she says. "Not only do they respond well to proper medical care, they are also able to move past abuse and neglect and appreciate the company of us humans again!"

Originally from Baton Rouge, Dr. Holliday attended Louisiana State University where she majored in Biology and Animal Science. Before graduation, she was accepted to the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Dr. Holliday was a member of the Dean's List during her years as an undergraduate and a graduate student.

While Dr. Holliday grew up with pets, it was becoming a pet parent to her own dog, Tomba, at age 19 that inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She also credits Tomba with prompting her interest in alternative medicine. "When he was 13 years old he was diagnosed with Irritable Bowl Disorder (IBD) that did not respond to Western medicine," she recalls. "His positive response to acupuncture treatments motivated me to learn about it so I could offer my patients that care." Outside work, Dr. Holliday enjoys hiking, running, yoga, cooking and gardening. She has four pets: Tomba, a Chow mix; Nelly, a Shepherd mix; and two cats, Opie and Lolita.

Vet in San FranciscoJessica Portela, DVM

Born in Brazil, Dr. Jessica Portela moved to the East Coast in the 90's and went to school in New Jersey. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2012, and in 2017 finished her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from NC State. During her schooling, Dr. Portela expanded her knowledge in Chinese medicine by traveling to China where she learned how to perform veterinary acupuncture. She then completed her training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chinese Institute in 2016.

After graduating, Dr. Portela concluded her rotating internship in veterinary medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. She now lives in California and has been helping out the Park Animal Hospital team since July, 2018. She permanently joined as an Associate Veterinarian in March, 2019. Her interest in veterinary medicine includes neurology, surgery, internal medicine, and integrative medicine (combining an Eastern and Western approach to medicine). She has an exceptional interest in Diabetes Management since one of her own pets is diabetic.

Dr. Portela lives with her two dogs (a Yorkie and a Maltese) and her one cat. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time in nature, live music, staying active and cooking. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, English and speaks some Italian as well.

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