Amber L. Gunstra, DVM

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Amber Gunstra, DVM
Amber L. Gunstra, DVM

Board Certified in Small Animal Surgery the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Amber L. Gunstra grew up in rural southern Indiana in a pet-filled family. She also spent a lot of time around animals on her grandparent’s farm. “At about 10 years of age, I remember asking my dad where I needed to go to college to be a veterinarian. He told me to go to Purdue, so that’s what I did. I can’t imagine a more rewarding career. I enjoy surgery as it often gives the opportunity to fix problems and the ability to help the pet and their family,” she explains of her life-long passion.

After graduating from veterinary school, she spent several years practicing primary and emergency care before pursuing her specialty surgical training. Dr. Gunstra is trained in all aspect of veterinary surgery. She is especially interested in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, fracture repair as well as surgery of the urinary tract. She is a member of the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery, Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology.


  • Bachelor of Science, Purdue University
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University
  • Surgical Internship, Southwest Veterinary Surgical Service
  • Surgical Residency, Southwest Veterinary Surgical Service
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal


  • Gunstra A, Steurer J, Dixon B, et al. Description and outcome of prosthetic ligament Placement for stabilization of medial or dorsomedial tarsometatarsal joint Luxation in dogs and cats: 16 Cases (2004-2017). J Am Vet Med Assoc 2019;255: 336-344.
  • Gunstra A, Steurer J, Dixon B, et al. Sensitivity of Serologic Testing for Dogs Diagnosed with Coccidioidomycosis on Histology: 52 cases (2012-2013). J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 2019; 55.


Husband Matt


Riggs, a 10-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer, who has trained for three half-marathons with her, and Chloe, a 16-year-old cat, her study partner since day one of vet school

Recent Blog Posts from Dr. Gunstra

What To Expect with Anesthesia and Surgery

When your veterinarian recommends anesthesia and surgery for your cat or dog, you’re more likely to be more nervous about the procedure than your pet. This guide to the process will answer general questions about the what to expect, and vets at CARE can answer more...

Digestive Tract Blockage: The Ingestion Of Toys And Other Foreign Objects

Is there anything better than watching your pet having a ball playing with his or her toys? And what’s funnier than a mischievous puppy getting into accidental trouble? Sometimes, however, these incidences end in the ingestion of toys or other off-limits items. Think...

Canine Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique performed on a joint. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts small cameras to evaluate and treat a multitude of joint diseases. The cameras, which generally range in size from 1.9 to 2.7 millimeters, provide...