J. Mike Cissell, DVM, MS, DAVCS-LA

Large Animal Veterinarian & Board Certified Surgeon

Dr. Mike Cissell is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but spent a lot of his free time growing up on his Aunt’s farm in central Kentucky. While in central KY, he would spend as much time as possible following the local vet around and it was even at a young age that Dr. Cissell decided to dedicate his future to helping animals. He went to Murray State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Bachelor’s in Science, and then went on to Auburn University where he graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with his DVM. Dr. Cissell then continued his training at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where he completed both his internship and his surgical residency. He joined the VMRCVM in 2009 at the end of his residency as a faculty member of the college and during his time there successfully sat and passed his surgery boards to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. When not working to help his patients, Dr. Cissell enjoys spending time with his wife Emily and their three children. He tries to find time when possible to go hiking, camping, exercise, or play sports.

Why Did I Become a Veterinarian?

I have always enjoyed being around and helping animals, thus I never saw myself doing anything else. Even when I was young I appreciated science, and Veterinary Medicine allowed me to combine two things that I really loved. I’ve always had a great respect for all animals, and thus I want to be able to do what I can to help prevent pain and suffering in them.