Sam grew up in East Africa, went to an English-style (a la Harry Potter) boarding school in Winnipeg, Canada, before going on to college in southern California at Harvey Mudd College majoring in physics. After acquiring his pre-requisites for veterinary school at CalPoly Pomona, Sam went on to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine graduating with honors in 1991. He also has an MBA from the University of Florida ’04.
He is the current owner of the high end My Pet’s Animal Hospital™ practices in Knoxville, Tennessee and Alcoa, Tennessee. He lives in Rockford, TN, with his wife Julie, daughter Sarah, two Great Pyrenees, Lola and Bear, one toy poodle, Rugby and a domestic short hair cat, Minnie, as well as four sheep. His stepson, Hunter, now an Ivy League college graduate, assists with the the My Pet’s Animal Hospital blog among other things.