Our Practice

Allergy and Dermatology Services

Our Practice - Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists

Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists offers full-service in veterinary dermatology, which specializes in allergy, infectious, and auto-immune diseases of the skin and ear.  Dr. Eckholm is the only board certified veterinary dermatologist in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties.

What is a board certified veterinary dermatologist?

The American College of Veterinary Dermatology (AVCD) is a specialty organization accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) that oversees postgraduate training in veterinary dermatology.  A veterinary dermatologist is a veterinarian that has completed 4 years of veterinary school and is then accepted into a residency program.  During the residency program, which is typically 2-3 years, the resident receives advanced training in diseases of the skin and ears.  In order to receive board certification the resident must complete the residency training program, as well as an original research project, publish in a scientific journal, and successfully complete the certification examination. Currently there are about three hundred ACVD board certified veterinary dermatologists in the world.

Our Practice - Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists

Golden Gate Veterinary Dermatology is a referral-based practice that specializes in complex medical conditions involving the skin, hair, ears, and nails. Allergy is the most commonly treated condition which comprises approximately 70% of cases seen. Thirty percent of cases involve infectious and auto-immune diseases. Our services provide treatment for pets suffering from obscure, hard to manage, and often times very complicated ailments of the skin and ears that are beyond the scope of the general practitioner.

Services include intra-dermal skin allergy testing, serum allergy testing, skin biopsy, cryo-surgery, and video otoscopy. The most prominent products include prescription medications, topical products, specialized diets, and immunotherapy. Board-certified training and experience to aid and assist in the treatment of animals suffering from a myriad of wide-ranging dermatological concerns.

“My allergy-challenged Springer is now doing very well, and I owe his improvement to Dr. Eckholm. Her Vet Tech, Kathie, is just like Dr. Eckholm and she too is a joy to work with. Save yourself a lot of time and frustration and contact Dr. Eckholm at Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists for your pet’s Dermatology needs! I cannot recommend her highly enough.

~Myrna R.

Surgical Services

Our Practice - Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists

With over 25 years of experience performing veterinary surgery in pet hospitals from Gainesville, FL to the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. James Farese joined the team at Golden Gate Veterinary Specialists offering orthopedic, oncologic and general/soft tissue surgical procedures for dogs and cats.

What is a Veterinary Surgeon?

Advanced Training

A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).

During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.

Specialists are called a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or a “board-certified surgeon.”

A Fellow or Founding Fellow, Surgical Oncology is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) who has obtained additional training and experience in the multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of cancer patients, and who devotes a major portion of his or her professional effort toward these activities and to cancer research

“Dr Farese was patient, kind, and knowledgable. He answered all of our questions and went above and beyond in terms of making us feel comfortable about the procedure and the alternatives.  The surgery went very well and we are happy with the results. I would highly recommend him.”

~James Dittmar