- Scott Taylor, DVM, Kendallville Animal Clinic
Dr. Scott Taylor has been practicing Veterinary Medicine since 1987. After graduating from Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, he worked as a large and small animal vet in southern Indiana and in DeKalb and Allen Counties until opening the Kendallville Animal Hospital on July 12, 1995. Since then he has provided quality surgical and medical services for companion animals in the four county area. Dr. Taylor is licensed to practice veterinary Medicine in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
During his Veterinary training, Dr. Taylor did a 10-week externship in Ethiopia, Africa. He provided surgical and preventative medicine for domestic livestock and had the opportunity to care for exotic animals like monkeys, cheetahs and lions. He became Black Pine's primary veterinarian in 2010. Dr. Taylor has performed multiple surgeries, preventive care exams, and procedures, and leads the veterinary team at Black Pine. He also consults with many zoo veterinarians and other professionals routinely to ensure the best care possible for the exotic residents.
- Ryan Rothenbuhler, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Conley & Koontz Equine Hospital
Dr. Ryan Rothenbuhler grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002, he completed an equine ambulatory and medicine internship at The Ohio State University. In 2005, he completed a large animal surgical residency at Purdue University. In 2009, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
His interests include soft tissue surgery, orthopedics, lameness, pain management, and wound management. Dr. Rothenbuhler volunteered his serves as head surgeon for Black Pine's first-ever on site large animal procedures on February 18, 2012 involving an adult male lion and an adult male chimpanzee.
Read Dr. Rothenbuhler's blog about Operation Mufasa Smile.
- Jay Kumaran, DVM, DuPont Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Jay "Doc" Kumaran was Black Pine's primary veterinarian from 2006 through 2010, and has continued as a consulting veterinarian in his semi-retirement. Doc and his wife, Patrice, operated Allpet Hospital & Laser Surgery Center in Fort Wayne from 1972 until 2009. Doc continues practicing part-time at the DuPont Veterinary Hospital in Fort Wayne.
In 2006 ,the Kumarans announced an extraordinary pledge to donate 100% of their professional services, and to build and furnish a new vet clinic on site at Black Pine. The clinic was completed, and dedicated in honor of Doc's father, J.D. Sampath Kumaran, in early 2012. The first-ever on-site large animal surgeries were conducted there in February, 2012.