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Dr. Rolfe Radcliffe

If you have a sick horse, University of Minnesota graduate Dr. Rolfe Radcliffe is the man to call.

Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Rolfe enjoyed a childhood rich in animals and the outdoors. Together with his twin brother, Robin, Rolfe has journeyed by canoe and kayak on remote waterways and in wilderness areas of Alaska and Canada. The border lake country of northern Minnesota and southern Ontario - home to the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area and Quetico National Park - hold a special place for Rolfe.

Rolfe's professional career has taken him to New Zealand in his work with horses and to Africa, Indonesia and Malaysia working to improve the health and care of endangered rhinoceroses. Rolfe is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, Rolfe completed a residency in large animal surgery and was awarded board certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. More recently, Rolfe has developed expertise and broad experience in emergency and critical care of the horse.

Rolfe and his wife Erin have two sons, Mopane and Sawyer, both of whom enjoy fishing, canoeing, hiking, camping and adventures in wild places.


Rolfe pulling our raft along the shallows of the Canning River in the western reaches of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Large format cameras are carried by plane, raft and backpack across the rugged arctic refuge to capture the images for the ANWR Project.