Dr. Valerius is an Ohio native, born in Hamilton, a small city just north of Cincinnati. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware and his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Valerius worked in a small animal clinic in Grove City for a year before joining the Animal Care Unlimited doctor team in 2014. Prior to officially joining ACU as a doctor, though, we knew him quite well already! Not only had he been a volunteer at the Ohio Wildlife Center since 2007, but during his fourth-year veterinary school studies, he spent significant time with us while being mentored by Dr. Burton and the rest of our doctors in companion animal medicine and exotic species. Dr. Valerius veterinary interests include canine/feline internal medicine, companion exotic animals (especially pet rats!), and parasitology. He has traveled to Africa twice to research parasites and their effect on both animals and people in villages. Dr. Valerius has had additional training on abdominal ultrasounds and is continuing to expand his knowledge in this modality through veterinary conferences and continuing education courses. Dr. Valerius and his wife currently have 5 rescued fur babies: 2 cats (Scotty and Mitsie), 2 rats (Macy and Lindsay), and 1 guinea pig (Ginny). Dr. Valerius is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and also a United States Chess Federation member. During his free time he can be seen playing in local chess tournaments in Columbus.