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Andrew Gendler, DVM, DACVR, and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) has been part of WestVet’s team for five years, first working as an emergency veterinarian and now serving as a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist. His clinical interests include the use of CT and MRI for the diagnosis of musculoskeletal disease, neuroimaging, and diagnostic accuracy in medical imaging. He has published and presented research on the CT imaging of feline oral squamous cell carcinoma and CT arthrography in the canine elbow joint.

Born in New Jersey, he spent his teens and young adulthood in the west after their family made their home in Kalispell, Montana. He remembers their Hungarian Puli, named “Pooh,” as a beautiful long-haired dog always peeking out through a mop of fur on her head. This very active sheepherding dog—and an avid sock stealer—played an important role in their family. Dr. Gendler referred to her as their “family’s third child.”

His career path to veterinary medicine began while pursuing a biology and chemistry teaching degree at Montana State University in Bozeman.  “I was teaching skiing while in school and another ski instructor was a professor of animal science and veterinarian,” he said. “She encouraged me to volunteer at a veterinary hospital to see what it was like. I spent a year volunteering and observing at a mixed animal practice in Bozeman and was hooked.” He later graduated from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.

From 2004 through 2007, Dr. Gendler joined WestVet as an emergency veterinarian while his wife completed medical training in the area. Their next stop was Madison, Wisconsin, where in 2007, he was accepted in the veterinary diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This intensive four-year program is an ACVR-accredited radiology residency that provided a large and diverse imaging caseload and invaluable clinical and research experience.

In 2011, the Gendler family moved back to Boise and Dr. Gendler returned to WestVet. He now serves as WestVet’s radiologist and offers outpatient imaging services to primary care veterinarians throughout the region. He says he and his family love living in the Treasure Valley because the size of the community, the quality of local arts and education, and the emphasis on outdoor recreation.

He describes his family as “three beautiful and very active children and one amazing wife.” His wife balances a part-time career as a medical professional with her other roles—personal assistant, cheerleader, chauffeur, and tutor to their children. “She is a talented cook and creates amazing food,” he reports, “Our kids are a bit overscheduled, enjoying a variety of activities including skiing, dance, and chess, hiking and mountain biking.” There’s also a furry member of the family, a beautiful 12-year-old Persian cat named “Howie.” He says that Howie is a fun pet who despises their children— looking angry and upset almost 100% of the time.

When he’s not working, he is outside exploring the lower foothills (his kids describe this as “adventuring”) and cycling. He races cross country and endurance mountain bike events, road bike races, and his favorite, cyclocross in the fall. During winter, he and his family are busy alpine skiing at Bogus Basin.

Dr. Gendler also serves as a reviewer for scholarly articles submitted to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) and Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound (journal of the ACVR). He has had numerous articles published in professional veterinary journals. Below you’ll find a sample of some of his work:

Gendler, Andrew, Nicholas S. Keuler, and Susan L. Schaefer. “Computed tomographic arthrography of the normal canine elbow.” Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 56.2 (2015): 144-152.

Steven M. Grodsky, Melissa J. Behr, Andrew Gendler, David Drake, Byron D. Dieterle, Robert J. Rudd, Nicole L. Walrath (2011) Investigating the causes of death for wind turbine-associated bat fatalities. Journal of Mammalogy: October 2011, Vol. 92, No. 5, pp. 917-925.

Andrew Gendler, DVM; John R. Lewis, VMD, DAVDC; Jennifer A. Reetz, DVM, DACVIM, DACVR; Tobias Schwarz, Dr med vet, DACVR (2010) Computed tomographic features of oral squamous cell carcinoma in cats: 18 cases (2002–2008) Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association February 1, 2010, Vol. 236, No. 3, Pages 319-325.

Forrest, LJ, Gendler A.  “Diagnostic Imaging of the Ear.” Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine Vol. 6. Ed. John R. August.  St Louis: Saunders Elsevier (2010). 331- 346. Print.

Gendler, Andrew and Julie F. Ekedahl. “What Is Your Diagnosis?” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 232, no. 1 (2008): 35-36.

Gendler, Andrew, Jeff D. Brourman, and Kathleen E. Graf. “Canine dystocia: medical and surgical management.” Compendium (2007): 551.


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