About the PVMA

History of the Peninsula Veterinary Medical Association

The PVMA started in 1946 as a collegial and spirited group of veterinarians from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. In 1962, the veterinarians formed the current Peninsula and the new Santa Clara Valley Veterinary Medical Associations.

The group first met in Woodside and then at Salvatore’s in San Carlos until 1974. Meetings were moved to the Villa Chartier in San Mateo and moved back to Salvatore’s in 1990. The PVMA moved to The Van’s in Belmont in 1998.

Members of the PVMA have included mayors of San Bruno and San Mateo, and former and current presidents of the California and American Veterinary Medical Associations, as well as the American Animal Hospital Association.

With the closing of The Van’s during the COVID-19 pandemic, the PVMA anticipates meeting again in person at a new venue in 2021. Watch this space for more information as it develops.

2020 Officers

G.G. Comet Riggs, DVM, DAVDC
Vice President:
Kristine Siao, DVM, MS
Tiffany Steers, DVM
Nancy Lerner, DVM
Program Chair:
Beth Valdez, DVM
Charlene Edinboro, DVM, PhD


House of Delegates:
Chris Cowing, DVM
Board of Governors:
Julia Lewis, DVM