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, 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 (yes, he is friendly, and gets along with cats, other dogs, and children very well). 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 along with Stephanie 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!

Tara, Registered Veterinary Technician

Tara joined the MAPC team in August of 2016 as a veterinary assistant. She graduated from Carrington College in San Jose for her Associate’s in Veterinary Technology and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2017. In her free time she likes to knit, play video games and spend time with her two cats, Henry and Halcyon.

Stephanie, Registered Veterinary Technician

Stephanie is our Veterinary Assistant who joined our team in August 2015. She graduated from UC Davis in Animal Science with an emphasis in Companion Animals in June 2015. Stephanie enjoys working with animals and owns two cats of her own at home. Currently enrolled in Foothill College, she plans to pursue and finish a Veterinary Technician Degree. During her down time, Stephanie spends time with friends and watches Studio Ghibli movies, her favorite being My Neighbor Totoro. She enjoys volunteering at Trap Neuter Release clinics, often times driving up to Yolo County Animal Shelter near Davis, where she helps with neutering and spaying healthy stray/feral cats.

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.