Dr. Mark Russo began his carrier in veterinary medicine when he was in eighth grade and volunteered at a veterinary clinic outside Pittsburgh, PA (His hometown). He wanted to get a better understanding of the profession and see if it is what he really wanted to do with the rest of his life. Then, while completing his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, he volunteered at a mixed practice veterinary clinic for 2 semesters and was hired on as a technician for 4 more semesters. After undergraduate, while living in Napa, California, Dr. Russo volunteered at The Marine Mammal Center, in Sausalito, California, for 6.5 years. While there he got to rescue, rehabilitate and release seals, sea lions, sea otters, whales, and dolphins. He then went back to Texas A&M University for a Master Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences within the Marine Mammal Diving Physiology Department. Dr. Russo attended veterinary school at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island, Canada. While in his senior year of vet school Dr. Russo completed three externships. One in acupuncture n Oakland, CA, another in wildlife medicine at the Lindsay Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital and a third one in Zoological medicine at the San Francisco Zoo.
Dr. Russo lives with his wife, Marie, 12 year old daughter, Kyleigh, their dog (Beagle/ Golden Retriever/ Australian shepherd mix) named Patches, 2 cats named Cutie Sparkles and Hershey, and a variety offish. In his free time Dr. Russo likes to partake in woodworking, skiing, kite boarding, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, and hot air ballooning. Currently Dr. Russo is looking for a 1956 Ford F100 Big Window pickup truck and/or a late 50’s/early 60’s VW 23 Window Microbus Deluxe to fix up as a new project.