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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, Receptionist

Joanna is one of our Office Assistants who joined our team in October 2015. She graduated from UC Davis in Animal Science with an emphasis in Companion Animals in June 2015. Joanna helps keep the front running and enjoys greeting all of our human and furry clients. At home, she spends time with her animals, which include a cat and a duck, and doing all sorts of crafts. She is often found knitting or sewing with her cat curled up on her lap. She is now in her 2nd year of veterinary technician school at Foothill College!

Jill, Receptionist

Jill joined MAPC in April of 2019 as a receptionist. She graduated from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan with a Life Science and Chemical Engineering degree. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, playing basketball, and looking for new places to go hiking.

Vy T., Veterinary Assistant

Vy T. graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in animal science in hopes of becoming a veterinarian one day. She joined the MAPC team in June of 2017 as a summer intern and returned the following year as a veterinary assistant. Vy loves learning about veterinary medicine and enjoys working with both large and small animals. When she’s not at Disneyland, she spends all her time with her pit bull, Champion.

Tiffany, Veterinary Assistant

Tiffany joined MAPC in December of 2018 as a receptionist. Since joining our team she has moved on to become a veterinary assistant. She received her veterinary assistant certificate at Central County Occupational Center. Tiffany has been working with animals for 5 years as a veterinary assistant and dog trainer. What she loves most about working with animals is watching them run back to their families excited, happy and healthy.

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.