Dustin Dennis



Dustin grew up in Southern California, first learning to ride in Los Angeles. In the late 90s, Dustin and his family moved to San Diego, and he was able to keep horses on the property, so long as he cleaned up after them…

Dustin began riding Hunter horses, learning to fall off his Appaloosa called Spot, aptly named due to his lack of coloring. Through middle and high school, Dustin was finally able to stay on, and competed in Jumper divisions on his horse Red, aptly named for his ample coloring, and surprisingly taking home some pretty long ribbons with a jacket or two.

In order to pursue pre-veterinary university work (in addition to riding a horse here and there) Dustin attended Cornell University where he studied Animal Sciences, pledged Delta Chi, and played on the men’s varsity polo team as a member of the 2005 national champion team.

Dustin then went on to pursue a MS and DVM at Drexel College of Medicine in 2008 and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, graduating both in 2014.

In 2015, Dustin found his way to his ancestral home of Canada to pursue a rotating internship followed by a residency in large animal internal medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, completing residency training in 2019, while completing a Doctor of Veterinary Sciences degree, defending his thesis on the safety and tracking of stromal and stem cells in late 2021.

Following over 5 years in Canada, Dustin made it back to California where he joins Loomis Basin Equine Medical Group at the Penryn campus in the Internal Medicine department. Dustin enjoys all things imaging, from ultrasonography to radiography to endoscopy, and is obsessed with neonatal foals, especially if they’re healthy and he can pet them.

When not working with large animals, you can find Dustin following 14-year-old Ivy, his German Shepherd/Chihuahua, around the world, or attempting to get on or in the water, sometimes just checking the docks for empty sailboats.