A. Rae Gandolf
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Dr. A. Rae Gandolf


Professional information

  • Veterinarian, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
About Vet

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!

On 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 been asked to present 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 travelling surgeon in early 2020. Dr. Gandolf has secured several 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 bikes and dirt bikes. Outside of work, you might find her building mountain bike trails with her husband and dogs, Timber and Gretta, or painting murals in Zanesville.

Credentials: The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine- 1998 Residency in Zoo & Wildlife Conservation Medicine- 2003 Board Certification with the American College of Zoological Medicine- 2008 Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Ohio and West Virginia https://elicense.ohio.gov/oh_verifylicense Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Diplomate at the American College of Zoological Medicine- 2008

  • Nashport, OH, US
Spoken languages
  • English
Species treated
  • Birds (Avian)
  • Cats (Feline)
  • Dogs (Canine)
  • Other Exotics
  • Reptiles & Amphibians
  • Small Mammals
Areas of interest
  • End of life/Hospice care
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pharmacology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Anesthesia
  • Parasitology
  • Nutrition
  • Preventive
  • Soft Tissue
  • Ophthalmology
  • Immunology
  • West Virginia, US
  • Ohio, US
  • Consult on diet, nutrition & exercise
  • Consult on general health & wellness
  • Consult on behavioral issues
  • Navigating nutrition from the new baby to the senior pet
  • Optimizing your new puppy or kitten experience
  • Tips and tricks on pet grooming techniques
  • Pet training, house training and litter box training