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ABOUT

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A. Rae Gandolf
DVM, Dipl American College of Zoological Medicine

 

Dr. Gandolf graduated from The Ohio State University with the class of ’98. She has a wide breadth of experience and passion in veterinary medicine.

 

Dr. Gandolf dedicated the first 10 years of her career to the field of wildlife and zoological medicine, attaining specialty board certification, and working with a range of species for the Wilds, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium and various wildlife projects around the world. She even has a short story in a book of zoo stories!

 

During her off time, and in transition, she worked as a relief veterinarian in various veterinary clinics.  Dr. Gandolf values the education of rising veterinarians, so she has spent a significant amount of time teaching veterinary students in a lecture and hands-on setting.  Additionally, she has presented many conference lectures, and has several peer-reviewed veterinary journal publications, such as case reports and novel research projects.  

 

Contributing to the community is important to Dr. Gandolf.  She found a rewarding change of direction in shelter medicine over the next decade. There, the high surgery volume and trauma cases allowed her to further hone her surgical skills. Dr. Gandolf also helps local animal shelters develop preventive medicine and policy planning.  

 

Looking to focus more exclusively on trauma surgery and advanced elective surgery, she began working as an independent traveling surgeon in early 2020. Dr. Gandolf has secured multiple grant awards to help pursue her goals of helping serve animals in the community.  

 

Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Gandolf chose to remain in Ohio after graduation. She and her husband, Heath, are delighted with their recycled barn-house in Nashport, Ohio. Heath owns and runs a bicycle shop and tool grinding service in Zanesville. Together, they thoroughly enjoy spending time with their chickens, foster kittens, mountain bike trails, and dirt bikes. Outside of work, you might find her hiking with her dogs, Timber and Greda, or painting murals in Zanesville.

Greg Swingle

Pilot, Veterinary Assistant

To describe how Greg ended up at GVS, we need to start from the beginning! Greg has done a little bit of everything.  He has a BA in Psychology, has farmed specialty crops and beef cattle, was a graphic designer, and worked in corporate marketing.  His love of creating video clips sent him to Brazil to make a documentary.  Upon return to his family farm in Ohio, he was beckoned into the sky to get a better view of the landscape around him.  So, he built a two-seat airplane and a runway, took flying lessons, became a commercial pilot, and built 2 more planes!  Dr. Gandolf offered him the job as orthopedic surgical assistant, knowing he would be well suited. They later realized it would be an amazing opportunity to help animals all over Ohio if Greg could expand the Gandolf Veterinary Surgery territory with his airplane! Greg is a huge asset to GVS, not only in the pilot and surgery assistant roles, but also with the compassionate and gentle handed nature he brings with him.  

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CREDENTIALS

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
(1998)

Residency in Zoo & Wildlife Conservation Medicine
(2003)

Board Certification:
American College of Zoological Medicine

(2008)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Diplomate:
American College of Zoological Medicine

(2008)

Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in
Ohio and West Virginia

CERTIFICATES & MEMBERSHIPS

AOVET Principles in Small Animal Fracture Management (2016)

WVC Academy Core Surgical Procedures for the
GP and Emergency Vet

(2021)

WVC Academy Principles of Fracture Repair:
Hands-On Long Bone Repair

(2021)

Fear Free Certified (2021)

 

Member: American Veterinary Medical Association

(since 1994)

Member: American Association of Zoo Veterinarians

(since 1998)

Member: Association of Shelter Veterinarians

(since 2013)

Member: North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society

(since 2021)