Dr. Mark W. Coleman

Dr. Mark W. Coleman grew up in west-central Indiana on a farm, and received his DVM from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. After serving for two years in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps, Dr. Coleman worked as a small animal practitioner in the Chicago area before moving to Gainesville, Florida.

Commitment to the welfare of animals and high standards of veterinary care led Dr. Coleman and his wife, Melinda, to open Suburban Animal Hospital in 1974. Since then, Dr. Coleman has continued to serve the Gainesville area with a veterinary practice that emphasizes individual client and patient care. Dr. Coleman enjoys all aspects of veterinary care, including animal behavior, dentistry, diagnostics, medicine and surgery. He also enjoys the communication aspect of veterinary care, not only with client information and guidance, but also with his staff and team here at Suburban Animal Hospital. Dr. Coleman and his family have had a wide assortment of pets, including dogs, cats, goats and pigs.

In his free time, he likes spending time with his family, including his wife Melinda, sons Kevin and Jeff, daughter Kendra, their spouses, and four grandchildren. Dr. Coleman also finds enjoyment in travel, agriculture, antiques, Gator basketball, and spending time at Crescent Beach as well as Crystal River.

Below is a list of some of the memberships, programs, committees and contributions that Dr. Coleman has been a part of over the years:

  • One of the original members of Alachua County Humane Society as well as a lifetime member.
  • One of the founders of the AA Pet Emergency Clinic, to help ensure ongoing availability of emergency care to the pets in the Tri-County area.
  • University of Florida’s committee on the care and use of laboratory animals.
  • University of Florida’s continuing-education program.
  • University of Florida’s veterinary school admissions committee.
  • President of Alachua Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Board member of Florida Veterinary Medical Association.
  • President of American Heartworm Society.
  • Member of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
  • Member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
  • Member of the American Veterinary Dental Society.
  • Member of Rotary Club for over 20 years.
  • Varied pharmaceutical field trials to improve pet health care, including the first monthly heartworm preventatives as well as monthly topical flea and heartworm preventatives.
  • Contributor of professional journal articles.
  • Advisor/speaker at state, national and international veterinary continuing-education meetings.
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