David Sweeney was born in Iowa and grew up in Minnesota, where he attended veterinary school. Finishing veterinary school in 1990, he worked for his uncle and his father, doing both small animal and equine work. In 1994 he moved from Minnesota to Salt Lake City, where he worked as an emergency veterinarian for the next six years.
In 2001, when his children were young, he worked at No More Homeless Pets in Utah, a Best Friend’s program, where he served as medical director of the spay neuter program, while also continuing to work part time as an emergency veterinarian at the newly established Animal Emergency Center in Sunset.
In 2007 David returned to full time emergency veterinary work, taking a position as associate veterinarian at the Sunset Emergency Clinic. In 2012 he and his family moved to Nebraska, where his wife took a position as Professor and Division Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since that time, Sweeney has commuted to Utah from Nebraska. He became Medical Director in 2014 and helped to lead the successful transition from Animal Emergency Center to WestVet Utah.
He and his wife Teri have two human children, Sarah and Sam, who will both be attending the University of Nebraska this fall, in addition to two canine children, 8 year old Steve, a lab/border collie mix and a new puppy named Sebastian, a labradoodle. Outside of his passion for caring for sick and injured animals, David enjoys spending time with his family, road and mountain biking, going to plays and movies, and travelling.