Ariel Gillfillan, DVM
University of Florida

About Dr. Gillfillan

Dr. Ariel Gillfillan attended Berry College in Rome, GA for undergraduate study and then the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for her doctorate. She knew she wanted to be a vet when she realized she could mix science, people and love of animals into one career. Her mind was set on attending vet school since she was a teenager.

Since focusing her career on veterinary medicine, she has worked her way through the clinic from kennel tech to technician and reception. She knew she wanted to be a part of the Care First team because her morals and values align with those of Care First Animal Hospital. She loves how the doctors and support staff make patient care a priority. 

Her veterinary areas of passion are: 

  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Ophthalmology
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Internal medicine
  • Rehabilitation 

Outside of work, Dr. Gillfillan enjoys taking ballet classes, Orange Theory Fitness, participating in foot races, backpacking the North Carolina mountains and boating. She also has two dogs. A greyhound named Jay and a Rhodesian/beagle mix named Winnie. Jay is Certified through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has volunteered at the Shands Hospital in Florida and now volunteers at Cary Rehabilitation Center. Winnie loves to run. She has fearlessly followed her for 8 miles before asking to walk. Dr. Gillfillan is married to Adam, who has been supporting her veterinary aspirations for many years.



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