Dr. Rothrock has always had an interest in the unusual animals. He gained experience working with reptiles, birds, and aquatic animals while working at the Columbus Zoo during undergraduate school. This experience spurred his decision to study exotic animals. His love of the exotic pets is not restricted to medicine. He currently cares for 13 exotic pets of his own and has experience caring for a wide range of species. This experience is vital as a lot of problems that exotic pets experience are related to inappropriate care.
He studied Biology at The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science with Honors and continued his studies at the University of Illinois where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. While at the University of Illinois, he volunteered in the Wildlife Medical Clinic caring for sick and injured wildlife. This experience allowed him to work with native wild animals and gain more experience in the treatment of birds and small mammals as well as educate the public on these amazing animals.
His furred, scaled, and feathered companions include 2 dogs, 2 cats, a blue and gold macaw, Timneh grey parrot, 4 snakes, 5 geckos, and 2 tortoises. When he’s not working or at home caring for his animals he can usually be found on his bike, in the pool, or running around the lake. He enjoys competing in triathlons and hopes to make it to the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii one day.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Ridge Veterinary Medical Association, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians, and Association of Avian Veterinarians.