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Dr. Ken Sawyer

Dr. Sawyer is the owner and leading veterinarian of Murphy Avenue Pet Clinic. He graduated from the UC Davis College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, and has been in general practice (mostly in the South Bay Area) since then. He is a native of San Jose, having graduated from Del Mar High in 1984. Ken enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, especially dentistry, surgery, pain control, and internal medicine. He shares his life with his wife, also a veterinarian, a Pit Bull named Smokey (yes, he is friendly, and gets along with cats, other dogs, and children very well), Petey, a young and inquisitive Pit Bull, Billy, a cat with radial nerve paralysis, Crumpet, an elder cat with early kidney disease that was surrendered recently by a client, and 6 chickens. He enjoys playing volleyball and golf, coaching volleyball, mentoring students, gardening, and hiking with his wife and dogs in his spare time. He was also on the Sunnyvale Howl’oween Pet Parade Committee. Dr. Sawyer is currently coaching the JV girls volleyball team at Monta Vista High in Cupertino.

Joanna, RVT

“Joanna joined our team in October 2015 as a receptionist and office assistant. She graduated from UC Davis in Animal Science with an emphasis in Companion Animals in June 2015. In the fall of 2017, Joanna was accepted into the Foothill Veterinary Technician Program, which she graduated from in June 2019. She passed her Veterinary Technician National Exam in August 2019 and is now a Registered Veterinary Technician! Joanna enjoys greeting all of our human and furry clients and helps Dr. Sawyer and the rest of our team complete treatments and procedures. At home, she spends time with her animals, which include two cats and a dog, and doing all sorts of crafts. She is often found knitting or sewing with her cat curled up on her lap. She also loves to go hiking and foraging for native edible veggies and fruits.

Mandy, Veterinary Assistant:

Mandy joined the MAPC family in April 2020 after graduating from UC San Diego in March 2020. She absolutely loves petting and playing with adorable doggos and cats and is striving to become a veterinarian in the future. She also enjoys singing and playing the guitar in her spare time. Her greatest hobby is sipping on good boba while watching cute animal videos!

Esme, Receptionist

Esme joined the MAPC team in December of 2018 as a receptionist. She enjoys meeting all the furry friends and getting to watch the babies grow. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, takes road trips, or go to the beach with her dog Rocky.

Darlene, Receptionist:

Darlene joined the MAPC family in March 2020, bringing with her over 20 years of veterinary experience. She grew up right here in Sunnyvale and graduated from Peterson High in 1979. Darlene enjoys knitting and crocheting for her family, who are very important to her, as well as baking and cooking. Darlene cherishes her 5-year-old kitty named Zora (who also answers to “Kitty Cat”).

Melvin, Kennel Staff

Melvin is our Jack-of-all-trades. He has been keeping Murphy Avenue Pet Clinic looking nice for over a decade! Whatever is needed, be it fixed, tightened, clipped, swept, washed, restrained, or cleaned, Melvin is always there. In his spare time, he enjoys being with his children and watching movies. During basketball and football season, he can be found in front of the TV watching the Lakers and the Cowboys.


Petey is Dr. Sawyer’s dog and Smokey’s partner in crime! He is a friendly gray and white Pitbull who eats anything! Petey loves to play detective and investigate everything in sight. He will let you know he knows you are here by barking a “hello”


Smokey is a beautiful and sweet brindle and white Pit Bull. If you have ever wanted to meet a friendly Pit Bull, please ask to meet him. He will change opinions of the breed! He does like to bark at intruders passing by our fence. So if he says “hi” this way, just ignore him and continue on your way.