Gale Ford, DVM

Gale Ford, DVM

Gale Ford, DVM

Dr. Gale Ford’s lifelong passion for animal care has led her to embrace a variety of pursuits, from working at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Mont., to serving as director of the Alaska Zoo. She is now a co-owner of Riverbend Farm in Hickory, N.C., where she raises Trakehner horses, a breed originally developed in East Prussia.

That diversity of experience has equipped Dr. Ford well to practice emergency medicine at CARE. Says Dr. Ford: “I love solving the medical challenges that enable us to bring much-loved pets back to good health.”


  • Bachelor of Science, Montana State University
  • Master of Science, Oregon State University
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University


  • Completed a one-year internship in Anesthesiology at Washington State University.
  • Served as Director/Incorporator/Veterinarian of the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center, a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility in West Yellowstone, Mont.


Husband Dan Gaffney (“a great dog snuggler.”)


A large pack of “re-homed” dogs ranging from three to 98 pounds, along with many cats and a herd of Trakehner horses.

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