ACVO Member Spotlight
Dr. Anne Gemensky Metzler, DACVO
December 2016


I grew up in Wheeling, WV as the typical animal-adoring child that becomes a veterinarian. However, I had no idea I wanted to be a veterinarian until I took my dog in for vaccines the summer before my undergraduate senior year. It was then that the light bulb went off and I knew that I wanted to be a veterinarian, not a genetic engineer (Egads!). So, I scrapped those applications, got my third part-time job with my veterinarian and worked with Wheeling Jesuit to squeeze in independent studies in organic chemistry and animal nutrition to satisfy the pre-requisites for veterinary school. With O-chem, it was a total miracle that I got the C grade I needed to get in!

I loved vet school at Ohio State from day one and because of my love of horses and hearts, I first thought equine practice, then later, cardiology would be my career track. That was until I discovered ophthalmic microsurgery in my junior year. I discussed my interest with Dr. Brian Gilger who loaned me his Lavachís Large Animal Ophthalmology textbook that I promptly read cover-to-cover. Ophthalmology was my first clinical rotation and after my first fabulous fundic exam, my eyeball interest evolved to obsession.

I had the great fortune of doing my internship with Drs. Dan Lorimer and Gary Blanchard, both excellent mentors, as well as my fellow eye geek, the beloved Dr. Raymond Morreale. Our first ACVO in Newport, RI was one of the best and most inspiring experiences of my life. I am eternally grateful to my residency mentors, Drs. David Wilkie, Michelle Willis and Cameron Whittaker for seeing my potential and shaping the ophthalmologist that I have become.

I have been at The Ohio State University for 23 years now and am a tried and true Buckeye. I truly enjoy training students, interns and residents and working in academia. Itís another one of those things like becoming a veterinarian that I think was meant to be for me.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and pets (a Golden, a Yorkie and a cat) as well as marathon running, gardening and cooking. I love the outdoors and traveling when I have the opportunity.

I feel very blessed to have such a wonderful occupation. The amazing friendships Iíve made and experiences Iíve had as a member of the ACVO and involvement with the Credentials and Examination Committees are priceless.

Photo taken at the Cliffs of Mohr, during IEOC 2017

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