Hi! I’m Mark. I’m a 40-year old Cajun who has found his way to New York. I am a practicing veterinarian with a special interest in canine behavior. I LOVE my job and my life. I am married to Susan Nunez, a New York native, and we have a 6-year old daughter, Lauryn. We have 2 dogs, Gus and Roxy, and 2 cats, Jessie and Kelly.
I became a veterinarian through a somewhat convoluted route. I joined The U.S. Air Force right out of high school and served our country for 6 years. My Air Force job was a combat medic/EMT. I started going to college at night during my last year of service. I was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1994 and began undergraduate studies at Louisiana State University (LSU). I was also a mechanic in the Army National Guard, so if you need work done on your car, I can help with that too! (Not really ). So, for all you Ali G fans out there, I’m the veteran veterinarian.
I attended veterinary school at LSU as well and graduated in 2002. I moved to New York 3 days after graduation and have been a practicing veterinarian ever since. Presently I am practicing at Levittown Animal Hospital in Levittown, NY. I started The Balanced Canine in 2008 because I have a passion for addressing canine behavior issues, not many veterinarians properly address these issues, and they are the NUMBER ONE cause for euthanasia in our patients. I started my own practice at that time in order to be able to effectively address behavior issues. I am now achieving my goal of reaching people who need help with their dogs’ behavior.
This blog allows me to reach MANY more people than I can in practice on “my days off.” Many behavior issues can be dealt with remotely, especially in this day and age. Technology allows for instant communication and video conferencing is a breeze. I hope to one day begin offering behavior consults via video conference, but until then, I will be discussing behavior issues here.
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Mark J. Nunez, DVM