Dr. Barb Wolfe

About Dr. Wolfe

Dr. Barb Wolfe has treated everything from mollusks to mammoths! Ok, well…elephants. Board certified in zoological medicine, Dr. Wolfe has practiced medicine and conducted research in zoos and conservation centers for over 25 years, working for the National Zoo, North Carolina Zoo, the Wilds, the Columbus Zoo and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and teaching at North Carolina State University and Ohio State University’s Colleges of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Wolfe grew up in Cincinnati, OH and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in molecular genetics, among the first class of 15 students in the country to receive this degree. She worked for the biotechnology company Genentech in San Francisco during the early years of genetic engineering, prior to going to graduate school at Texas A&M University on a biotechnology fellowship. 

Studying artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer in endangered species during her PhD program, she found that her passion was caring for and studying all the animals of our great planet, and she added veterinary school to her career path, graduating from Texas A&M University with her DVM and PhD in 1993. Since then, she has enjoyed a rewarding career in zoo medicine as well as opportunities to improve reproduction through artificial insemination in elephants, wild equids, cats and antelope.

Dr. Wolfe has published over 50 scientific articles and book chapters in zoological medicine and participated in species conservation projects throughout the world. From freshwater mussels and giant salamanders of the eastern US to wild cattle in Asia, chimpanzees in Africa and wild cats in Central America she has been fortunate to study and care for an enormous host of wild species. Having developed three residency training programs in zoo medicine, she has also trained many of the veterinarians currently working throughout the US in zoos. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute and has provided leadership in the American College of Zoological Medicine, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, the Morris Animal Foundation, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.


Now semi-retired from zoo medicine and living in Castle Rock with a menagerie of paco-vicuñas, horses, and cattle, she is owned by a Boxer-mix, Hayes, and an elderly Weimaraner-mix. She is excited to join the team at the Animal Care Center and to care for our animal companions. In addition to seeing dogs and cats, she will provide exotic animal care as well as in-home services.

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