Dr. Gary Hunt received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He grew up in Ohio, he also has a BS in Zoology from Ohio State. Dr Hunt has practiced small animal medicine in the Portland area for most of the last 20 years. His clinical interests include geriatrics, feline medicine and infectious disease.
Dr Hunt emphasizes gentle patient handling and client education in practice. He strives to make each visit as pleasant as possible for both the patient and client. A large part of his emphasis is on teaching owners how to maintain a healthy pet and how to construct strong human-animal and animal-animal bonds. He’s also a strong proponent of pain management in older animals and is excited with new options that are becoming available.
Dr Hunt lives with his wife and daughter, as well as a mixed breed dog named Ashy, plus two owl finches. In his spare time, he likes to hike and fish when he can get away, and at home, he plays guitar and mandolin. He and his daughter hike in the Columbia Gorge frequently and hope to eventually climb every public ridge in it. Dr Hunt is also a birder, history buff, soccer fan, and he speaks pretty good French.
So, do you go by Gary or do you have any nicknames?
Just Gary, though in the clinic, a lot of people call me GH. I also answer to Greg because, all my life, people seem to commonly confuse those two names.
In your words, what is your job at Frontier?
I see my job as providing high quality, gentle veterinary care to my patients and helping guide their owners to make the best decisions for their pets and families. Animals are very important parts of our lives. I believe it is important, not only to keep pets healthy, but also to help owners manage their pets in their homes and in their lives. Pet health and happiness helps owners to achieve the same. To me, teaching is a big part of being a veterinarian.
Why did you decide to work at Frontier?
I came here for the positive culture and quality of the practice. I like being part of a large, cohesive and collaborative team. Frontier Veterinary Hospital is somewhat unique among Portland area practices in being a large, non-corporate practice, with a highly trained, experienced staff and a lot of advanced medical equipment.
Do you have any pets?
Right now, we have a small mixed breed rescue dog, named Ashy, and two owl finches. Ashy’s unique in that she likes to whimper, bark and howl any time she hears vintage style blues guitar, even on the radio. Her favorite guitarist (besides the one who feeds her) is definitely Buddy Guy.
Tell us a little known fact about you!
In addition to playing guitar, I’m a third generation mandolin player. I often play my late grandfather’s Gibson mandolin which is over 100 years old. Usually, I play rock, blues, and country covers, but lately I’ve been writing some originals. I hope to record an album or two in the near future. I’ve played in several bands over the years, though none currently. Finally, I’ll confess to being infatuated with everything Johnny Cash!