Susan Burkhart, DVMDr. Susan Burkhart, our Chief of Staff, grew up in Galion, Ohio and developed a love for animals at a very young age, announcing when she was seven years old that she would someday become a veterinarian. She graduated as valedictorian of Galion Senior High School in 1982, then with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University in 1986. Her childhood dream was realized in 1990 when she graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Burkhart practiced small and exotic animal medicine in Cincinnati and Zanesville, before accepting an offer to return to the University as Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine. She taught in the University’s community practice department, preparing senior veterinary students for private practice. After several years, Dr. Burkhart returned to private practice in Ashland, Ohio before co-purchasing the Animal Medical Center of Ontario.

Dr. Brittany Gulker, DVMOriginally from Columbus, Dr. Brittany Gulker completed her undergraduate work at The University of Findlay and obtained a DVM from The Ohio State University in 2013. She then completed a small animal internship predominantly in emergency medicine at a large specialty practice in Rhode Island. Dr. Gulker's professional interests include emergency medicine and Greyhound health and wellness.

While not at the clinic, she enjoys traveling, riding horses, staying involved with area greyhound rescue groups, and spending time with her family, which includes two cats and two Greyhounds.

Dr. Emily McConnelly, DVM with a rabbitDr. Emily McConnelly grew up in Arlington, Virginia and currently resides in Mount Vernon, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Hope College and earned a DVM degree from Michigan State University. Dr. McConnelly completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery with BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Prior to joining the Animal Medical Center of Ontario team, Dr. McConnelly practiced small and exotic animal medicine in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Dr. McConnelly's special interests include exotic pet medicine, fear free visits, behavior, and ophthalmology. She is Fear Free certified and is also an active member of several veterinary organizations including the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV). Dr. McConnelly speaks regularly at the AEMV's annual meetings.

Outside of work, Dr. McConnelly enjoys gardening, knitting, and traveling. She shares her home with her husband and her pets, which include a goldfish that she has owned for over 10 years, named Silver, and two rabbits, a pair of sisters, named Panda and Pepper.