Who We Are
We are the people who will care for your pet as we care for our own. Our staff members come from all walks of life and are united through our passion for animals. Every day, we work hard to make sure your animal friends receive the best possible treatment available. Find out more about the incredible individuals who make up Gallardo Family Animal Hospital.
BRUCE GALLARDO, DVM
Director of Medicine
Dr. Gallardo was born in Caracas, Venezuela and was raised in Staten Island, New York. He completed his BA in Biology at Hunter College in midtown Manhattan and received his DVM from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his clinical year of studies at the University of Georgia where he was able further develop his special interest in exotic pets. Dr. Gallardo was one of the founding members of the only herpetological society in NYC and to this day is active in multiple exotic animal organizations. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).
Dr. Bruce now calls Ohio his home and lives with his wife Tara and their sons Saverio and Lorenzo. They have a zoo of animals including 5 dogs, 2 cats, a tortoise, a snake, 2 bearded dragons, two horses, and several fish. When he isn’t spending time with his family or working, Dr. G enjoys music. He plays several instruments and is in a cover band with Tara. He also loves baseball, building Legos, and traveling.
Tara was born and raised in Cincinnati. Her background is in sales management and has worked in several of Americas largest cities managing retail chain stores. Her childhood dream was to own an animal hospital, so she switched career fields and made her dreams come true! Tara is one of the most passionate people you may ever meet when it comes to animal healthcare and welfare. Tara is currently enrolled at Miami University working towards completing her BS in Small Business Management and is also very close to earning her CVPM certification (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager). She is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA).
Tara feels so fortunate to be able to work her dream job every day helping pets and their people. She loves spending time traveling with Dr. G and teaching their sons Saverio and Lorenzo all about animals and wildlife. Tara is also an equine enthusiast and in her spare time enjoys gardening, riding and spending time with horses, volunteering with rescue, swimming, and of course spending time with her family.
Jack may be the person you see the least at GFAH- but he is the reason it is operating! He handles all of our "behind the scenes" tasks including managing inventory, ordering supplies, banking, scheduling, and much more! Jack has been a successful entrepreneur for over 20 years in the construction industry. He decided to switch fields to utilize his company management skills in an indoor setting and wanted to be a part of a team improving the life of pets. Jack is also Tara's dad! He has one dog and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren (grandogs/grancats included!).
Human Resources Manager
Emily has been with us since February 2020. What she loves most about working at GFAH is developing relationships with clients and patients, and being able to treat our patients the same way she would her own. Prior to being a GFAH family member Emily worked in several small animal practices as well as at one of our specialty referral partners, The Animal Eye Institute. Emily enjoys wood-buring and spending time with her 3 dogs and 4 cats.
JANEL JACOBSEN, RVT
Registered Veterinary Technician
Client Care Specialist
Client Care Specialist