Caring for pets is all I have wanted to do since I was 8 years old. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan I started undergraduate classes at Michigan State University as a Pre-Veterinary major just 3 days after my high school graduation. What a thrill! I was on my way to reaching my dream.

In 1974, newly graduated from veterinary school, I headed straight for New Mexico. It’s a great place to call home. I love to ski and backpack with my wife Carolyn and our sons Jake and Frank. Our family includes Tony the grey tabby cat, and a Border Collie named Maddie-the dog who loves him. We are blessed.

I moved to California in 1976 to practice and take additional training in cardiology. In 1978 I returned to Albuquerque and established the Adobe Animal Medical Center. Currently I treat pets with behavior disorders at the Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Centers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe (505.792.5131). I care for pets with physical and preventive health care needs at the Petroglyph Animal Hospital in Albuquerque (505.898.8874).

Expertise in pet behavior became a keen interest of mine in the late 1970s. I currently devote 50% of my time to behavior work. The other half is dedicated to the hands-on treatment of pets with physical illnesses and injuries.

Pets are special to me. Growing up we always had cats and dogs in our home. It’s hard to imagine life without them. I believe they are here for more than just sharing life’s joys and challenges. My pets have been some of the best teachers I have ever known. The first to make a big impression on my young life was my beagle Billy Bones. We attended obedience class together and worked so hard we won third place in our first obedience trial. We were on top of the world!

Some pets and their people struggle with frustrating behaviors. Recent advancements in animal behavior are among the most exciting and important new developments in veterinary medicine. Some abnormal behaviors are a direct result of physical diseases. Being skilled in behavior as well as general medicine makes a big difference for the pets I treat. My work is rewarding but often it’s challenging.

Dr. Jeff Nichol is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Albuquerque Veterinary Association (past president). He is the author of three books, “Is My Dog OK?” and “Is My Cat OK”, and “A Lifetime Guide to Practical Pet Care”. The questions and answers that comprise a major portion of his three books have been a popular weekly feature of the Albuquerque Journal since 1996.


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    Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital
    4000 Montgomery BLVD. NE
    Albuquerque, NM 87110

Weekly Pet Care Column
Since 1996, I’ve shared behavior and health information, along with the joy of pet ownership, with the whole state of New Mexico. Every Monday morning concerned pet owners get answers in my Albuquerque Journal Pet Care column. Whatever your pet problem, you’ll find that you’re not alone. Every week I explain treatments for physical ailments along with a growing number of behavior concerns.