Dr. Michael Peterson was raised in a military family. He served as a military working dog handler in the U.S. Air Force, this included sentry dogs, patrol dogs, and drug detection dogs. After leaving the military he attended St. Martin’s College (now university) in Lacey, Washington with double majors in Biology and philosophy with a minor in chemistry. He then attended Washington State University college of Veterinary medicine graduating in 1983. He obtained his Masters degree in toxicology in 1994 from the University of Arizona.
He has been married to his wife Kate since 1983 and has 4 children; Cory, Rube, Rosie and Greyson. Cory is an electrician, Rube is a soccer coach, Rosie is an actress and college student, and Greyson is a college student studying communications.
Dr. Peterson’s wife Kate is a university administrator and the decision to follow her career was made early on, “there are dogs and cats everywhere” was the credo. This decision allowed Dr. Peterson to obtain a wide variety of veterinary medicine exposure from years of emergency and critical care in a large urban environment in Tucson, Arizona to the small town general practice in Albany, Oregon. He has been at Reid Veterinary Hospital since 1999.
Dr. Peterson’s medical interest are canine reproduction, toxicology and pediatrics. He is the editor of two text books Small Animal Toxicology (Peterson/Talcott) and Small Animal Pediatrics (Peterson/Kutzler). He taught the toxicology course at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine for 5 years, and is current a faculty member of the University of Arizona through the Viper Institute as an associate investigator.
Dr. Peterson is recognized as a leading authority in the diagnosis and treatment of venomous snakebite in North America. He has over authored over 65 book chapters, and lectured 100’s of hours to veterinarians at national, regional and local meetings. Topics include venomous snakebite, venomous arthropods, (spiders and insects), canine reproduction, small animal pediatrics, and many individual intoxicants. He is or has been a consultant for the majority of antivenom companies in the North America. He has hosted a radio show and has multiple appearances on television.
He is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, a fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary and Comparative Toxicology, a 30 year member of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and a member of American Veterinary Medical Association. He has won multiple awards for lectures and presentations to the veterinary community and is an AAHA Excel Award winner. He is also apart of the international society of toxinology (yes toxin), and society of theriogenology.
His hobbies include breeding and showing Lakeland Terriers, motorcycle riding, outdoor activities (hiking, camping, gold panning and hunting), reading and helping keep up their small farm/orchard.