Our Team

Dr. Mike Bunnell
Owner, Veterinarian
As a pet owner himself, Dr. Mike Bunnell recognized that one of the best feelings in the world was watching your own sick or injured pet become well again. He wanted to be the one who could make that happen. That’s why he decided to become a veterinarian! Now, Dr. Bunnell has enjoyed more than 10 wonderful years as a licensed veterinarian helping pets and their owners to live happier, healthier lives. He’s the proud owner and chief veterinarian here at Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Bunnell started working as a Veterinary Assistant in the animal clinic that he took his own pets to while growing up in his hometown of Auburn, New York. He attended Cornell University to earn his Bachelor’s degree in animal science, and then continued on to Michigan State University to earn his Doctorate. Dr. Bunnell graduated vet school in 2008, then moved back to the Syracuse area and has been practicing here ever since.

In May of 2016, Dr. Bunnell purchased Fayetteville Animal Hospital and strives to provide uncompromising top-notch service to the pets and animal parents of the area, day in and day out. He has particular passions for surgical work and dentistry because of the way they can immediately alleviate a pet’s pain, but his favorite part of the job is knowing that he’s able to make a lasting difference in the community.

In his time away from the office, Dr. Bunnell likes gardening and landscaping, completing home-improvement projects, working on cars, and enjoying the company of his own pets. He has two cats, Nero and Charles, as well as a stubborn Doberman puppy named Ember. When Ember doesn’t like what she’s being asked to do, she’ll lay on her back with her feet in the air and refuse to move until she’s picked up and carried!
Dr. Melissa Marsak
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Melissa Marsak has always been drawn to puzzles. For her, using her skillset to observe, test, and come to a conclusion is extremely rewarding. Combined with her lifelong love for animals, being a veterinarian simply seemed like the perfect fit! Dr. Marsak proudly serves the area’s pets as an Associate Veterinarian.

Dr. Marsak is originally from Liverpool, New York and gained her first exposure to veterinary care while volunteering at an animal rescue in south Boston during college. After completing her pre-veterinary studies, she continued on to Cornell University to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Next, she spent three years working in general practice in the Buffalo, New York area before moving to Syracuse. Dr. Marsak joined the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital team in August of 2016 and has been helping the area’s pets and animal parents here ever since.

Medically, Dr. Marsak is fond of dermatology work—her dog in veterinary school, Maisy, was chock-full of skin problems and taught Dr. Marsak quite a lot!—and she also enjoys pharmacology and anesthesia. Above all, she likes spending one-on-one time with the area’s pet owners and their adorable companions.

Aside from her interests in animal care, Dr. Marsak is fond of cooking and traveling. Studying abroad in Madrid, Spain was a dream come true for her! At home, she has one loveable dog: Zuri, who refuses to get out of bed until she hears her breakfast clinking into the bowl every morning.
Dr. Devinne Bennett
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Devinne Bennett’s mother introduced her to animals early on in life, and she’s been hooked ever since. Ever since she was a little girl, Dr. Bennett has wanted to improve the lives of every living creature, fur or feathers, scales or skin, that she possibly could! That’s why she decided to devote herself to animal medicine and become a licensed veterinarian.

Born in Massachusetts, Dr. Bennett lived in Illinois for a time before moving to Pennsylvania with her family and growing up in Chester County. She attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia for her first two years of her undergraduate degree, then transferred to the University of Delaware to finish her degree in animal science in 2008. Next, Dr. Bennett worked as a research technician at a wildlife laboratory and as a Veterinary Technician for a small animal hospital in Delaware, gaining invaluable experience that serves her well to this day.

Dr. Bennett headed to the Caribbean in 2009 to earn her veterinary credentials at Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical year of training at Oklahoma State University in 2012, graduating in January of the following year, and then signed on at a clinic in Dallas, Pennsylvania to launch her career in private practice. Dr. Bennett remained there for eight fulfilling years before coming to central New York and joining the Fayetteville Veterinary Hospital family in February of 2021.

As a vet, Dr. Bennett’s favorite parts of her work include behavioral cases, dentistry, internal medicine, surgery, nutrition, reproductive medicine, and exotic pet and avian medicine. She completed an advanced veterinary dentistry and oral surgery education course through the University of Illinois, as well as courses in laboratory animal medicine, clinical small animal nutrition, and advanced small animal nutrition during veterinary school.

Away from work, Dr. Bennett enjoys riding and training horses, fishing, swimming, singing karaoke, reading, cooking and baking, practicing her photography skills, and traveling. She has three cats—Pantalaimon, Scooter, and Obi-Wan—as well as three dogs who go by Butters, Caleb, and Dally. Dr. Bennett is also the proud owner of three horses: Joe, Tuffy, and Boomer.
    • Shelby P.Shelby P.

      We just moved to the FM area, and called so many places to get our dog in. This vet called us back immediately and was SO helpful in making an appointment.... Read More

    • Barb D.Barb D.

      The best practice I have ever been to , I wouldn't trust our pets with anyone else. Our 4 year old cat had to have a bladder stone removed last week and... Read More

    • Missy E.Missy E.

      I have had nothing but great experiences with Dr. Chapman. There have been a couple of times I have brought my dog in and they haven't even charged me for... Read More

    • Regina KuwaliskiRegina Kuwaliski

      The staff here is so friendly and Dr Bunnel spent almost twenty mins on the phone explaining each and every shot and the best cost options for flea and tick medicine. It’s so refreshing and absolutely amazing that he took the time to talk to me.

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    • Nancy GalleryNancy Gallery

      We lost our beloved Shadow last night. My family and I cannot thank everyone (including Dr. Bunnell, Zach, Stephanie, Linda, Pam, Bonnie, and those I’m forgetting right now, I apologize but you know who you are) enough for all the help and especially the love you gave Shadow over these past rough couple of weeks. You all are truly guardian angels. Not all super hero’s wear capes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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    • Jeremy Brandon JettJeremy Brandon Jett

      They were so lovely & caring for my 9 year old baby boy Dylan! They took the time to listen to our concerns and needs as well as going over care , prices , & future oral surgery with me! They were super kind and very gentle with my sweet boy! Thank you for a very easy going & wonderful first time experience!

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    • Kristen WordenKristen Worden

      I absolutely love the entire staff. They are so caring, thoughtful and kind. Dr Bunnell is the BEST vet-he has taken such excellent care of my high maintenance cat. He understands how much people love pets-and he will do everything he can to help your pet. The entire staff is just so wonderful. I’ll never go anywhere else. 😻

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