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Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Courtney Campbell was raised in the quaint town of Burlington. The passion he has for pets was borne from hours exploring and traversing the small wilderness in his back yard. Whether running with goats in his mom’s home country of Antigua or being surprised with his first dog in Connecticut, no matter where he traveled Courtney had one desire: to be around animals.

After a strong and rugged upbringing in Connecticut, he attended University of Delaware for his undergraduate training. He then graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005.  Following veterinary school, he completed a one-year rotating internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Florida; a year of general practice in West Hartford, CT; a one-year surgical internship in Las Vegas, Nevada; and a second one-year surgical internship in Los Angeles, California.

To complete his specialty surgical training, he completed a three-year surgical residency at Animal Medical Center of Southern California in Los Angeles. He now enjoys the sunshine, beaches, and hiking trails in the paradise that some call Santa Barbara. He is currently the head of the surgical department at CARE Emergency and Specialty Animal Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. He focuses on orthopedic, soft tissue, and minimally invasive surgery.

Courtney loves to take time away from work competing in NPC Physique competitions, volunteering with rescue organizations, running and freelancing in theater and short film projects. Courtney also has a love for teaching and has remained active in the field of education serving as an anatomy and physiology tutor, Purina representative, Class vice-president and performer in the Tuskegee and Auburn University Theater Departments.

Media is a new frontier for Courtney.  He loves the ‘edutainment’ arena of veterinary medicine. He has had the pleasure of becoming a regular guest on programs such as The Doctors, Home and Family, The Real, Dueling Doctors, and was the featured veterinarian on The Pet Collective’s YouTube channel Ask a Vet.

The theme to Courtney’s life has been a fervent and never-ending love for helping people and helping animals.  Veterinary medicine and now NatGeo’s Pet Talk – the first show of it’s kind – gives him the opportunity to do both.

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