Dr. Cole grew up in nearby Riverside, California. He had an interest in animals early in childhood, keeping cats, dogs, insects, reptiles, and even a raccoon. He obtained a B.S. degree with honors in biology from U.C. Riverside in 1984 and his D.V.M. degree in 1988 from U.C. Davis. He worked in a two-doctor hospital in Simi Valley for four years before going to work in a nine-doctor, 24-hour hospital in Reseda for two years. In 1994, Dr. Cole and Dr. Broussard opened Oak Park Veterinary Hospital. In his spare time,
Dr. Cole likes surfing, tinkering on guitar, hiking, collecting reptiles, and playing with his cat and dog family members.