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Louis N. Gotthelf

Dr. Gotthelf graduated with high honors from Tuskegee University in 1978 receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Prior to that he attended the University of Florida, Gainesville where in 1972 he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. In 1978, Dr. Gotthelf established the Animal Hospital of Montgomery. Dr. Gotthelf is licensed to practice in Alabama, Florida and Ohio, and he is USDA accredited to provide interstate and international health certificates for travelling pets. He is also an Alabama Certified Pest Control Operator (insecticide consultant)! 

Dr. Gotthelf has studied extensively on the topic of dog and cat skin and ear diseases. His ongoing education and training led him to provide dermatology services at the Montgomery Pet Skin and Ear Clinic to help dogs and cats in the Montgomery area deal with hard to treat ear and skin problems. As a general veterinary practitioner, he also enjoys the challenge of diagnosing the causes of your pets illness so that proper treatment can be provided. 'Nothing is more satisfying than knowing how to make a sick animal well.'

In the clinical setting, Dr. Gotthelf helps to develop and test diagnostic products for Kacey Diagnostics of Asheville, NC ( He has been instrumental in developing new products like ear packings for TriLogic Pharma, therapeutic ear products and medicated shampoos for Dechra. He also performs FDA clinical trials for several veterinary drug companies to determine the effectiveness of new drug products and treatments. In the past he has been the Rabies Inspector for Montgomery County and the Marketing Director for Animal Clinic Products of Montgomery.

Dr. Gotthelf is the author of Small Animal Ear Diseases; An Illustrated Guide, published by Elsevier Saunders. This is his second book on ear diseases. He developed the MedRx veterinary video otoscope in 1996 (now the OTOPET video otoscope), and he has travelled all over the world teaching veterinarians how to do proper ear diagnostics and therapy. He developed laser surgical procedures in the ear and he has also lectured on Laser surgery for Lumenis Laser Conmpany. In total he has done over 300 lectures to veterinarians in the U.S. and other countries on ear diseases and laser surgery. He consults with veterinarians on the phone and on the internet with veterinarians with difficult ear disease cases.

Besides being a well published and gifted speaker, Dr. Gotthelf is also a member of several veterinary associations including the American Veterinary Medical Association (VMA), the Alabama VMA, the Central Alabama VMA (for which he is a past president), the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, and the Phi Zeta, Rho Chapter of the Veterinary Honor Fraternity. He is also a founding member of the newly organized Alabama Veterinary Practice Owners Association (ALVPOA).

He is an avid golfer, fisherman, gardener and photographer. His 3 kids and their families including 7 grandchildren and 7 granddogs keep him quite busy when he is not traveling. He spends his limited free time at his home on Lake Martin.

Dr. Gotthelf is also very much into rental real estate. Since 1984, he and his wife, Penny, have been buying, renovating and renting nice homes to nice families. Check out his rental homes in Montgomery , Alabama (

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