The pathway to my graduation from the university of California Irvine medical school in 1965 lead me through a very circuitous, and somewhat unlikely journey. Since I grew up in an agricultural environment and had a natural penchant for caring for and nurturing animals of all kinds, my educational focus and early career goals and passion was to become an animal doctor/veterinarian.
From a very early age I learned about the necessity of the closeness and interaction with shared responsibility in the community of our family. At the age of seven I was milking cows with my three brothers on a dairy farm in Glendale Arizona. We had many other kinds of animals, including pigs chickens and rabbits and had the total responsibility on a 20 acre farm which included irrigation and the care and feeding of all the animals. It was during that very early time in my life that I became dedicated to animal husbandry and love for family and humanity.