Meet Our Veterinarians
All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman, OH is pleased to be staffed with a team of experienced veterinarians to care for your pet. To learn about our doctors, click on the images below. If you have questions about or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, please feel free to contact us.
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Dr. Larry D. Markley
Dr. Markley is the co-owner and leading veterinarian at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge. He founded the practice in 1980 and has been providing quality, compassionate care to pets of Ohio ever since. His veterinary journey began on his family’s dairy farm, where he really enjoyed working with large and small animals. His interests continued with his participation in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program. Put simply, Dr. Markley absolutely loves working and interacting with animals!
He earned his DVM from The Ohio State University with a specialty in preventive medicine and is a member of various veterinary organizations. These include the Summit County American Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Behavior Society, American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association. Throughout the course of his career, he has won numerous awards, including Wadsworth Community Television’s Rosie Award for the “Animal Crackers” show.
Since his time on his family’s farm years ago, Dr. Markley has worked in both large animal (dairy and swine) and small animal practices. He enjoyed working with farm families who dedicated their lives to dairy and crop farming. As a small animal veterinarian, he also enjoys working with clients to help their dogs, cats, and other small animals live longer, healthier lives. Although being a veterinarian has included many difficult cases that require research and creating treatment plans, he gladly welcomes the diversity of the practice.
To stay current on the latest in veterinary medicine, Dr. Markley regularly completes continuing education courses in laparoscopic surgery, orthopedic surgery, behavior science, CT scan, ultrasound, neurology, zoonotic diseases, and oncology. As the leading veterinarian, he applied these and other skills to implement state-of-the-art technology with the purpose of enhancing the clinic’s diagnostic services and increasing staff knowledge base and applications.
Dr. Markley is married to Sally, the practice manager at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman, OH, with whom he has five grown children, five grandchildren, and eight “grandpets.” He and Sally also have their own pets, including five dogs, six cats, and two horses. When he’s not at work, he spends time with his family and pets. He also enjoys scuba diving, farming, fishing, boating, traveling, and repairing machinery.
Dr. Emily A. Jackson
Dr. Jackson joined our team in 2010 after earning her DVM from The Ohio State University. Her decision to pursue veterinary medicine as a career stemmed from her desire and ability to not only heal and help pets with medical needs, but to help the people who love them.
With special interests in various pet species, her specialties include small mammals, reptiles, and exotic pet medicine. She attends annual conferences to stay current on the latest in veterinary medicine, with topics ranging from exotic pets to surgery to special procedures. She also maintains affiliations the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association.
As one of the associate veterinarians at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman, OH, Dr. Jackson loves being able to save pets’ lives, due to the advanced technology at the practice. She also relishes being on the cutting edge of veterinary medical advancement and improving the life of pets and their people.
Dr. Jackson is married and has three cats named Buddy, Holly, and Gypsy; a golden retriever named Gabrielle; An English Bulldog, Lilla; and a red-footed tortoise named Bixby. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and hiking.
Dr. Chelly Zahurak
Since the age of 5, Dr. Zahurak knew she wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian because she loved the idea of taking care of animals. She saw her dream come to fruition years later, when she earned her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1996. Now, as one of the associate veterinarians of All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and Lodge in Rittman, OH, she loves being able to work with pets, alongside a great veterinary team and support staff. She also welcomes the diversity and unpredictability of every day and seeing the caring pet owners who would do anything for their pets.
Dr. Zahurak is affiliated with the American Animal Hospital Association, Summit County Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association. To stay current on the latest in veterinary medicine, she completes 50 hours of continuing education every year in various subjects, including the latest diagnostics and how to treat heart failure.
Dr. Zahurak is married with four children. She is also the proud pet mom of two dogs named Tank, a Pekingese; and Buddy, a faithful mutt. When she’s not at the practice, she spends her free time with her husband and children. She also enjoys cooking and reading.
Dr. Nancy Deucker
Dr. Deucker joined our team in 2009 with a DVM from The Ohio State University. She chose to pursue a career in veterinary medicine because of the daily mental and emotional challenges of dealing with something new and different. With over six years at the practice, she has had her share of challenging cases, but she welcomes them all because she loves helping animals maintain the best health possible. She also takes pride in the state-of-the-art equipment that the practice offers as well as the positive attitudes of her colleagues.
She has special interests in feline medicine and surgery, dermatology, and genetic conditions and is affiliated with the American Veterinary Medical Association and Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. Throughout her career, she has completed various continuing education courses in feline medicine, genetics, and regenerative medicine. She has also had several notable accomplishments over the years, but one of the greatest was leading the march of women into the veterinary profession.
Dr. Deucker is the proud pet mom of four cats: Alpine, Cici, Bailey, Raja, and Torro. In her free time, she gardens, hikes, ballroom dances, travels, reads, and meets with friends. She also volunteers her time to mentor young aspiring veterinarians.
Dr. Julie Fitzwater
Dr. Julie Fitzwater is one of the newest veterinarians at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic. An Ohio native, she grew up in Tallmadge and attended Kent State University, where she received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in zoology. Her decision to join the veterinary profession stemmed from her love of medicine and the bond between people and their pets. She has been active in the veterinary field since 2009.
In 2016, she graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with honors, as a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society. While in veterinary school, she was the president of the Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity and was involved with many veterinary student organizations as well as volunteer efforts throughout central Ohio. She is currently a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medicine Association (OVMA) and American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA).
Dr. Fitzwater’s main areas of interest are emergency medicine and surgery. She first gained experience in these areas through various externship opportunities in emergency medicine and general practice throughout veterinary school. She has worked alongside board-certified orthopedic surgeons, gaining firsthand experience in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery as well as neurosurgery.
Her favorite part of working at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic is the diverse nature of the practice, where she is able to utilize new technology and procedures to help both pets and people. She also enjoys working alongside the highly trained staff that cares so much about the pets they treat as well as the communities they serve.
Dr. Fitzwater resides in Norton, OH, with her husband, Kevin, and her dog, Balto, who was adopted from the prison program in central Ohio. She is a self-proclaimed foodie and an avid hiker whose goal is to travel and hike all the national parks.