Over the past 30 years I've had numerous vets. SOVG ranks in the top. A friend turned me onto the place when I was working at a nearby studio. I live near LAX & my vet, whom I liked a lot, was nearing retirement & had limited hours. With an erratic, showbiz schedule, I needed to find someone with longer hours, open weekends, who could handle sudden dropoffs in case of emergency.
The fact that there are numerous vets, with different specialties, including holistic medicine, is a plus. They treat only dogs & cats, but they see a lot of different problems that a smaller practice might never have seen. For example, I have a pit bull with Sebacious Adinitis, a rare genetic disorder that has a lot of unknowns. In his career, Dr. Richter had seen 3 cases. When I quit working at the studio in the Valley, I considered finding another vet either near my new workplace or near home. I made about a dozen calls to inquire about hours & to see if any were familiar with SA. I'm still with SOVG, despite up to a 90 min 1 way drive. None were familiar with SA.
One caution: if you have numerous pets (I have 3 dogs & often bring them all at the same time) & you are there on a particuarly busy day, which is the norm, double check all your instructions, medications, etc. Multiple dogs or cats can get confusing for the staff & for you. I would hope that any pet owner would do that anywhere, any time.