After earning his undergraduate degree from Ohio State in 1986, his Master’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1988, and his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, Dr. Knapp established himself as a highly accomplished veterinarian by becoming the owner and manager of one of central Ohio’s most respected companion animal veterinary hospitals, which bears his family’s name. He followed his father (Dr. Paul H. Knapp, Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of ‘61) and grandfather (Dr. John Harold Knapp, Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of ‘32) at Knapp Veterinary Hospital and continues to offer exceptional patient care and client service.
Dr. Knapp is known and admired for his profound love and respect for the veterinary profession and its important role in our society. Through his passion and enthusiasm for the field of veterinary medicine, he has dedicated himself to serving in extensive service and leadership activities with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has always been motivated by the belief that he has an obligation to serve and give back
His service to the OVMA includes filling the roles of president, member and officer of the Board of Directors (2001-present), legislative education spokesman and liaison to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, member and co-chair of the Practice Act Task Force and the Midwest Veterinary Conference Pet Animal Education Committee. He was honored by the OVMA as Veterinarian of the Year in 2014. Additionally, he has served as the Ohio delegate, Ohio alternate delegate and legislative fly-in participant for the AVMA. He is viewed around the nation as a thoughtful leader with an equal capacity for the pragmatic and the visionary.
Dr. Knapp’s dedication and service to the College of Veterinary Medicine are immense and meaningful. He has served with unwavering loyalty, commitment and fervor. He has been a member of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society Board of Trustees (2001-present), serving as president (2007-2008) and treasurer (2009-present). He is a founding member of the Small Animal Practitioner Advancement Board, Veterinary Medical Center Steering Committee/Hospital Board (2009-2014), and the Dean’s Search Committee (2008-2009).
In addition to these roles, Dr. Knapp has contributed to the development and piloting of the college’s small animal, practice-based clerkship program for fourth-year veterinary students. He served as an interviewer for professional student admissions and participated in the Office of Career Management Alumni Focus Group as well as several other programs that support enhancing professional competencies in our students.