Dr Brennen McKenzie

Dr Brennen McKenzie Adobe Animal Hospital

School: University of Pennsylvania, 2001 

Special Interests: soft-tissue surgery, evidence-based medicine, emergency and critical care

 Pets-Brodie (a smart, scruffy fireball of a terrier mix), Max (a gentlemanly middle-aged Boston Terrier), Tess (an elderly corn snake who keeps her thoughts to herself) 

Prior to becoming a veterinarian, I worked teaching English composition, in numerous clerical jobs, on a fishing boat in Alaska, running a pet food store, in a baseball card factory, and as a waiter. I’m not one of the folks who read James Herriott and decided to be a vet as a child. I loved science and literature, but I chose science as the more satisfying lifestyle. First, I tried to be Jane Goodall and did a Master’s Degree in primate behavior at CSU San Francisco, doing my thesis research with the chimpanzees at the San Francisco Zoo. After several years trying to make a living in primate behavior, including running a breeding colony of rhesus monkeys on an island in South Carolina and doing behavior therapy and enrichment work for captive primates in a research facility in Texas, I stumbled into veterinary medicine after about ten years later than most of my classmates. It has proven to be the ideal choice because it provides work that is interesting and has, I think, some real moral or social value, and yet it is an established profession in which I can make a living.

 In continuing to learn and grow as a vet, I have had the good fortune to join, and eventually serve as president of the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association and to speak on the subject of evidence-based medicine at numerous continuing education meetings. I have also been able to publish a number of articles on this and other veterinary topics. In 2015, I completed my Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Outside of the veterinary world, I’m a voracious reader with particular fondness for science fiction and philosophy. I love to travel, and have had the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, run with the bulls in Pamplona, and travel in Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Australia, Argentina, and parts of Europe. I love hiking and playing my mandolin and Irish Pennywhistle, and continuing my training in Shaolin Kempo Karate. Being the father of a teenager is, of course, my favorite and most time consuming non-work activity. My wife has put up with me for 20 years now, for which I am grateful every day. 

My personal website can be found at http://www.skeptvet.com *

 *The views on it are mine, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Adobe Animal Hospital.


McKenzie, BA. Evidence-based veterinary medicine: What is it and why does it matter? Equine Vet Edu. 2014;26(9):451-452

 McKenzie, BA. Veterinary clinical decision-making: cognitive biases, external constraints,and strategies for improvement. J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 2014;244(3):271-276

 McKenzie, BA. Is complementary and alternative medicine compatible with evidence-based medicine? J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 2012;241(4):421-6.

McKenzie, BA. Evaluating the benefits and risks of neutering dogs and cats. CAB Reviews: Persp in Agricul, Vet Sci, Nutr, Nat Res. 2010;5(45).

 McKenzie, BA. What’s the Evidence? Glucosamine and chondroitin for canine osteoarthritis. J Amer Vet Med Assoc. 2010;237(12):1382-3. 

My personal website can be found at http://www.skeptvet.com The views on it are mine, and do not neccessarily reflect the views of Adobe Animal Hospital.

My personal voicemail: (650) 209 – 9366