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.


The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Residency in Zoo & Wildlife Conservation Medicine

Board Certification:
American College of Zoological Medicine


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Diplomate:
American College of Zoological Medicine


Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in
Ohio and West Virginia


AOVET Principles in Small Animal Fracture Management (2016)

WVC Academy Core Surgical Procedures for the
GP and Emergency Vet


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


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)