Meet Our Staff
Jamie Bobulsky, DVM
Dr. Bobulsky was born in Ohio at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and has lived all over the U.S. as part of an Army family. She completed her undergraduate degree in Zoology at Miami University in Ohio, and earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in 2010. Dr. Bobulsky’s veterinary special interests include wildlife and conservation medicine, ultrasound, surgery, ophthalmology, and public health. She enjoys all manner of continuing education studies and training, most recently having achieved Elite Level Fear Free Certified DVM status.
Dr. Bobulsky worked with Dr. Donald Burton for several years at the Ohio Wildlife Center (OWC) before she joined Animal Care Unlimited (ACU) as a staff veterinarian in 2010. Currently she provides veterinary care and professional support to OWC as well as maintaining her role as Medical Director and an owner of Animal Care Unlimited. Dr. Bobulsky is honored to help preserve Dr. Burton's legacy and continue his great work at both organizations.
Dr. Bobulsky is married, and she has two daughters and four furry children. The human children (Emma and Madelyn) keep Dr. Bobulsky and her husband, Greg, very busy, as most youngsters do! Bailey is a shelter pup—a true ‘mutt’—and was Dr. Bobulsky’s first surgical patient. The three cats (Cal, Blini and Rose) each came into the Bobulsky family as strays in various ways. Spare time will find Dr. Bobulsky and her family enjoying outdoor activities, music, cooking and OSU football games.
Samuel Valerius, DVM
Dr. Valerius is an Ohio native, born in Hamilton, a small city just north of Cincinnati. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware and his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Valerius worked in a small animal clinic in Grove City for a year before joining the Animal Care Unlimited doctor team in 2014. Prior to officially joining ACU as a doctor, though, we knew him quite well already! Not only had he been a volunteer at the Ohio Wildlife Center since 2007, but during his fourth-year veterinary school studies, he spent significant time with us while being mentored by Dr. Burton and the rest of our doctors in companion animal medicine and exotic species.
Dr. Valerius’ veterinary interests include canine/feline internal medicine, companion exotic animals (especially pet rats!), and parasitology. He has traveled to Africa twice to research parasites and their effect on both animals and people in villages. Dr. Valerius has had additional training on abdominal ultrasounds and is continuing to expand his knowledge in this modality through veterinary conferences and continuing education courses.
Dr. Valerius and his wife currently have 5 rescued ‘fur’ babies: 2 cats (Scotty and Mitsie), 2 rats (Macy and Lindsay), and 1 guinea pig (Ginny). Dr. Valerius is a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and also a United States Chess Federation member. During his free time he can be seen playing in local chess tournaments in Columbus.
Melinda Marksz, DVM
Dr. Marksz was born in Cleveland, Ohio and has had a passion for veterinary medicine from a very young age. She attended Miami University of Ohio for her undergraduate degree in Zoology and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 2011. Following graduation, she spent several months at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo before returning to Columbus to join Animal Care Unlimited and the Ohio Wildlife Center in 2012.
Dr. Marksz’s special veterinary interests include zoo and wildlife medicine as well as exotic companion animals. She actively participates in annual conferences that support these interests. She enjoys her days at Animal Care Unlimited the most when they are filled with a variety of feathers, scales and fur, and she welcomes any patient that requires extra special attention!
Dr. Marksz also spends part of her professional time providing veterinary care for Ohio Wildlife Center. She finds great personal reward in being able to provide medical care to help facilitate rehabilitation and release of native Ohio wildlife, nearly 5,000 of which are admitted to the wildlife hospital every year!
Dr. Marksz is married and has three rescue kitties: Mocha, Chai, and Chino (Cappuccino), named after coffee drinks as she met her husband, Jared, at Starbucks. Chai is an independent and cranky calico, Chino is sweet, laid back and cuddly, and Mocha is an extremely intelligent but very expensive ‘free’ kitty as she has required several foreign-body removal surgeries, one of those ‘foreign bodies’ being a penny! Dr. Marksz plans to add more animal family members as their family and living space continues to grow.
Dr. Marksz and her husband enjoy hiking, camping, travel, and indulging in all of the amazing ethnic food that Columbus has to offer.
Chelsea Ruzzo, DVM
Dr. Ruzzo was born and raised in a small town in Connecticut and received her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science at Becker College in Massachusetts. It was there she began her obsession with animal behavior and learned about ways to decrease fear and anxiety in her patients. Dr. Ruzzo went on to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine to continue her studies. She was secretary and president of the OSU Behavior Club, as well as an active member of the OSU Zoo Club and Buckeyes 4 Greyhounds. Prior to receving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ruzzo worked as a veterinary assistant here at Animal Care Unlimited for several years, while sharing her passion of Fear Free practice with our medical team. Dr. Ruzzo is now an Elite Level Fear Free Certified DVM and is committed to reducing fear, anxiety and stress for all patients that visit our practice.
Dr. Ruzzo shares her home with two retired Greyhounds,' Red' and 'John', a cat named 'Scout', and three guinea pigs. In her free time she enjoys hiking, dog training, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Dr. Ruzzo’s professional affiliations include: the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.
NIcholas Jew, DVM
Dr. Nicholas Jew (pronounced "Joe") received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and then went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 2013.
His professional interests include all aspects of exotic companion mammal and reptile medicine, surgery and dentistry. Dr. Jew is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV), Association of Sugar Glider Veterinarians (ASGV) a well as an active committee member of the Association of Reptile Veterinarinas (ARAV) and an officeholder in the Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine (CAVM).
He shares his Clintonville home iwth his wife, daughter, two dogs (Mozzie and Trudy), three cats (Elliot, Foley and Lucy) and for good measure, a Gargoye Gecko named Eugene! What extra time remains is spent on fencing, fishing and reading. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Jew to the Animal Care Unlimited family on June 2, 2020!