Dr. Kelly Rockwell

August 8, 2022
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Clinical Field Training Leader

Growing up in wooded northeast Ohio, I would spend all day rescuing reptiles and amphibians from storm drains surrounding my home. This developed into a love of all animals and nature. I attended Boston College where I received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Environmental Studies before attending North Carolina State University for a Masters in Zoology.

Once in veterinary school at the University of Illinois, I sought every opportunity for experience in exotic and wildlife medicine, including managing my school’s Wildlife Medical Clinic, performing numerous research projects on exotic species, and teaching other students in clinical techniques. After veterinary school, I performed a rotating internship in Monterey, CA followed by a Zoological Medicine specialty internship at Louisiana State University. Since then, I have been practicing in private veterinary hospitals with a focus on exotic companion animal medicine.

My professional interests include exotic medicine and surgery, herpetology, and zoonotic diseases. I have published numerous research papers including but not limited to the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, Herpetological Medicine and Surgery, and Zoo and Wildlife Medicine as well as several veterinary book chapters. I currently serve on the executive board for the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarian. I am incredibly excited to join Groveway as a veterinarian and VetnCare as the Clinical Field Training Leader in Exotics to help other veterinarians learn and develop the skills to treat all of our furry, feathers, slimy, and scaly patients!

When not working, I enjoy running and training for marathons (5 total so far!), trying out new recipes, and doing any outdoor activity with my perfect dog, Bowie.