About the Vets - Mission Equine Associates
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Bruce Kuesis, DVM

Bruce Kuesis, DVM

I decided that I wanted to be a Veterinarian at the ripe age of 10.  This was an easy decision. I spent the majority of my youth working and playing on my family’s western performance horse farm in Northern Illinois.  I attended the University of Illinois for my formal veterinary training.  Following veterinary school, I completed a 1 year internship in Equine medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University, and then a 3 year residency in Equine Internal Medicine at the University of California – Davis.  Prior to coming to Santa Barbara, I started a practice in the Chicago area.  In 2000, I joined Southwest Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Scottsdale Arizona where I remain a partner.  I moved to Santa Barbara and founded Mission Equine Associates in 2005.My wife Eve is a small animal veterinarian practicing at La Cumbre Animal Hospital.  We have 3 children, Frannie, George and Fiona who are very active with school, riding, water polo, gymnastics and all the wonderful things that Santa Barbara has to offer.  Our household is a small zoo, and we thoroughly enjoy our menagerie of horses, dogs, cats, and fish.

Steve B. Levine, DVM, cVMA

In 1973 I received a Bachelor of Science degree at Cornell University. I then obtained my veterinary degree there and remained an additional year to do a large animal internship. Following this internship I came to California to do a 2 year equine surgery residency at UC Davis. Upon completion of the residency I came back east to work as a surgeon and clinician at Rochester Equine Clinic in Rochester, NH. After 3 years there I left to start my own ambulatory equine practice in Burlington, Vermont (Burlington Equine). My family (wife Elaine and kids Pavel and Liana) and I then remained in Vermont for the next 25 years doing strictly equine ambulatory practice.