Dr. Mark Christensen is a general practitioner who has been with us since 2009. He grew up in LaGrangeville, NY, and said he "would spend hours studying and observing wildlife. I also spent the holidays enjoying time at my grandfather's dairy farm. I loved all animals but gravitated to farmyard beagles and barn cats." Before he was a veterinarian, Dr. Christensen worked as a licensed technician and he realized he wanted to "interpret x-rays instead of just obtaining them." He earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1999. He graduated with high honors and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society. Dr. Christensen has a special professional interest in ophthalmology, cardiology and soft tissue surgery. He loves being a veterinarian because "I'm guaranteed to interact with animals every day," Dr. Christensen said. Dr. Christensen has four dogs, Tucker, Reese, Olive and Miagi, and two cats, Grout and Putty. He also keeps freshwater and saltwater aquariums. He's been an avid rock climber since 1994.