Dr. Parker obtained his undergraduate degree in biology at UCLA in 1981 and earned a teaching credential at UCLA in 1982. He received a master's degree in parasitology from the University of New Mexico in 1984 and graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1988. He completed a post doctoral internship in medicine and surgery at the New Haven Central Veterinary Hospital in Connecticut in 1989 before returning to Santa Fe in 1990.
Dr. Parker considers himself a solid general practitioner, willing to examine and treat any pet, yet appreciates the importance of referring pets to board-certified specialists when indicated. He is certified in the Penn Hip method of evaluating dogs for hip dysplasia. He has advanced training and experience in care and medical treatment of pets other than dogs and cats, including birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, and other small mammals.
Dr. Parker has been an avid member of the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association, serving as its president in 2003. He has also worked with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society and served as a board member of the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Santa Fe.
Dr. Parker and his wife Nancy love and care for more than twenty exotic birds (macaws, cockatoos, parrots, etc), two dogs, and three cats. They enjoy bicycling, cooking, entertaining, gardening, and caring for their pets.