Dr. Robert Baker grew up in the Central Valley town of Turlock, California. His family had a dairy farm and his father was a large animal veterinarian. Dr.Baker is a 1972 graduate of UC Berkeley in Psychology and of the UC Davis Veterinary School in 1981. Two of his brothers are also veterinarians. He and his wife Cathy have two sons, Nick and Will.
His hobbies include masters swimming,skin and scuba diving,beer brewing, crossword puzzles, and gardening.