Meet the Doctors of Verona Vet Med

Ron Schultz, DVM

Ronald M. Schultz, Jr. DVM is a 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. “I am proud to have worked for Verona Veterinary Medical Service, S.C. my entire career. Providing companion and food animal veterinary services for the Verona area community fulfills my practice goals and desires. I truly enjoy working with our clients and their animals”. Dr Schultz lives in Verona with his wife Julie and their family of cats, Gus (Puddy Paw), Brownie, Honey, Punky, and Spocky. Their son Wesley is also a Verona Resident.

Rachael Gortowski, DVM

Dr. Rachael Gortowski graduated from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois. She has worked in mixed animal private practice since graduation, first in Wyoming, then in the Madison area, starting at Verona Veterinary Medical Service in the Spring of 2022. Her experiences in veterinary medicine prior to obtaining her D.V.M. ranged from research in swine nutrition, working at the ASPCA Animal Poison Hotline, an externship at the federal Plum Island Animal Diagnostic Laboratory, working as a mosquito abatement officer for a public health depatment, designing food safety modules for the USDA, and voluteering extensively at a local humane society. She provides appointments and surgical services for food producing animals, equine, companion animals, and exotic pets. Dr. Rachael enjoys the variety and challenge that comes with working with all animals and brings a broad knowledge base and high quality care for exotic companion animals to Verona Veterinary Medical Serivce.
Dr. Rachael lives in Evansville with her fiance Cody, a diesel technican for Midstate Equipment’s John Deere dealership, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, two lizards, and a ferret. She has a passion for shelter pets and most of her animals were adopted from animal shelters. Her current hobbies include gardening, writing letters and making cards, reading, kayaking, cross country skiing, and crocheting

Julia Bates, DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Bates is our MOVES veterinary internal medicine partner, available to perform consultations and advanced internal medicine procedures at Verona Veterinary Medical Service. Dr. Bates is an internal medicine specialist with strong interests in cardiopulmonary, immune mediated and endocrine diseases. She completed her undergrad at Montana State University then graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She then completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in NYC, after which she was accepted into a residency program at Michigan State University. Dr. Bates is Board Certified through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Her clinical research interest is in hypoadrenocortism (Addison’s disease). Dr. Bates, along with other industry colleagues, recently had a retrospective study, “Lower Initial Dose Desoxycorticosterone Pivalate for Treatment of Canine Primary Hypoadrenocorticism,” accepted for publication in the Australian Veterinary Journal.