Dr. Maria DePunzio received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis. Although Dr. DePunzio’s emphasis was on canine and feline species in veterinary school, she also received a prestigious fellowship in large animal medicine and surgery and served as part of the clinical instructor team in equine medicine and surgery at UC Davis.
Dr. DePunzio has practiced general canine and feline medicine and surgery in the Bay Area since graduation from veterinary school in 1999. During this time, she developed a reputation for being knowledgeable in rabbit medicine and surgery, having worked side by side with experts in the field. She is proud to be a recommended rabbit veterinarian by the Alameda House Rabbit Society, an organization devoted to the education of people regarding the health and welfare needs of rabbits, and does her best to serve the needs of other “pocket pets” as well.
In addition to her full-time position as Managing DVM at Linda Mar Veterinary Hospital, Dr. DePunzio also serves part-time as a Veterinary Hospital Inspector, as an expert consultant for the California Veterinary Medical Board, as well as Adjunct Professor in the Veterinary Technology Program at Foothill - DeAnza College.
Dr. DePunzio grew up in Michigan and also lived in Washington, DC, and Florida. Her parents are from Switzerland and Italy. She came to California to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in the Political Economy of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. Prior to veterinary school, she had a career as a Senior Energy and Environmental Analyst with the State of California and concurrently earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at San Francisco State University
Dr. DePunzio has a variety of personal interests and speaks fluent French. When she is not in the clinic, she spends time with her family, enjoys gardening and the outdoors. She has three cats named Bugs, Chelsea and Wilson and a sweet Golden Retriever named Charlie.