We are super excited to introduce our new owner and veterinarian to Campus Veterinary Clinic!

Dr. Patrick Pierson draws on his deep experience in small animal medicine to provide exceptional preventative and surgical care for his clients. Originally from Paris, Dr. Pierson earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Ross University. Since graduating he has focused on dogs, cats, pocket pets and rabbits, with a special interest in dentistry, soft-tissue surgery and internal medicine. Dr. Pierson enjoys playing soccer, gardening and traveling – especially to visit family and friends in France. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, daughter, a three-legged dog, and two cats. Dr. Pierson looks forward to seeing you at CVC soon.


Meet Willis aka Will Feral!

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It was over 7 years ago when we first saw Willis at the Oakland Animal Shelter. At 7 months old, Willis’ personality caught our eye. Purring out loud, pacing back and forth like a shark. For our family, it was all a new experience; seeing so many cats made it only harder to choose. We questioned why no one had picked him and if he would be a good companion. Workers at the shelter mentioned that he had many roommates who had been adopted. Yet he still remained. However, it was noted that he was an excellent roommate, but we still were unsure. Across from Willis was a younger orange/white cat named Fuzzball. Three out of our four family members wanted the younger kitten over Willis because of its age. Our oldest son wanted Willis and was very upset that Fuzzball was selected. After filling out all the paperwork, we were told that Fuzzball was unsuitable for children. It turned out that Fuzzball already had a history of biting. With a little bit of skepticism, we took a gamble with taking Willis in.

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When we got home that day, we realized that we had made a fantastic choice and we were instantly in love with him. He was an indoor cat for 5 years, although we all knew he had the energy and curiosity of an outdoor cat. Eventually, after a few years, our family moved into a bigger home in Berkeley. Our new home provides what we call “Cat Haven”. With a nice front and backyard near a creek; Our cats, especially Willis, have a great place to play and explore. Willis, over this past year, has confidently made a name for himself among our neighborhood. He has impressed all with his lovable, clumsy personality. Willis has proven himself to be the perfect balance of a feral and family cat, even among other feral cats around our neighborhood. With this in mind, our family gave Willis an alter-ego, “Will Feral”. It has been quite a roller-coaster for Will Feral. With a small, humble beginning, he is a true success story.

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Likes: hunting, outdoor adventure, snuggling, Trader Joes cat snacks, and playing

Dislikes: bananas, loud noises

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Meet Beezus!


We adopted Beezus from Milo Foundation in September of 2010. She was originally named, “Chelsea the Survivor”. A litter of puppies was dumped on the road and Beezus was the only one who survived.

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We rescued her and she rescued us!


Likes: Chewing, pack walks, bed hogging, peanut butter, all her friends at Campus Vet, sunbathing, tug o’ war


Dislikes: Baths, squirrels, raccoons, UPS trucks, tape measures, stickers on fruits

Meet Tefnut!

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Tefnut (Tef-newt) Sweet-Woods (we call her Teffy as well) was born in a litter in the Santa Cruz area. We were looking for a companion for our very active, intelligent, outspoken and mischievous Siamese male named Shu. Our family has long been fan of the Birman breed because of how familial and smart they are. When we saw the posting that Teffy was up for adoption as a tiny kitten, we immediately made the drive and tried not to get our hopes up. Luckily, she came home with us the same day.

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Tefnut is fairly soft spoken and subtle. Her name is a reference to a female principle of wet air or moisture; the name is pre-dynastic Egyptian. She is not the biggest fan of vacuum cleaners, loud people and dogs. She really enjoys wrestling with Shu, bird watching and viewing science fiction shows such as Farscape. Tefnut is very loving to anyone her parents treat as family. She is also a health nut and will remind you to take your vitamins, exercise and rest if you are exhausted.

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Meet Curtis!

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After a rough start, Curtis was scooped up by NorCal Boxer Rescue, and his new people (Bill and Lauren) met him one gray day in Roseville. One look at that face, and we were in love. Although Curtis was initially a little nervous around other dogs, he now loves going to Point Isabel and getting chased through the grass. (It’s even better when it’s been raining and he can get that white fur nice and muddy.) He even has a best friend and doggie mentor: Lucca, a lanky Vizsla who has taught him the joys of counter surfing.

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Curtis enjoys popping into all of Berkeley’s dog-friendly shops and getting treats, belly rubs, and napping on any soft surface he can find.

His favorite person in the whole wide world is Sphero, which isn’t so much a person as a glowing robotic ball. Mom and Dad are a close second.

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And yes, he has watched the Little Rascals and he thinks Petey is quite handsome.

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