Like most in the field, Rachel has had a lifelong love and passion for animals. She is fascinated by the bond formed between humans and their various pets and revels in the amazing experiences we are so lucky to share with our critters.
Rachel’s childhood dog, a Pekingese named JW, was a big part of what made her devote her life to helping animals (and helping those who help animals!) He taught her how to be patient and the importance of loving dogs for their own individual needs. Despite being epileptic and having a high-grade heart murmur, JW lived to be 16 years old. He helped when Rachel moved to a new school in a new city in the fourth grade, he sat with Rachel while she studied for her high school finals and supported her through her Animal Care college studies, always with a soft soothing snore.
In 2001 Rachel began working at her first vet clinic – a small single doctor practice in her family’s home town of Brampton. From there she went on to work for a family of practices in Toronto, followed by a large emergency and referral hospital in Oakville. Having settled in the K-W area, Rachel has also worked at a cat clinic west of Toronto, currently at a small-town clinic outside of Kitchener, and is now very excited to also be a part of K-W Mobile Veterinary Services!
Rachel enjoys connecting with clients and their pets. She believes that kindness and compassion are the building blocks to every relationship, particularly when animals are involved. The unconditional love we receive from our pets is magical, and she considers herself lucky to be witness to so many beautiful connections.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys cross-stitching, sewing and crocheting. In the summer she can often be found paddling the rivers, and in the winter she likes to explore new coffee shops and bakeries.
Rachel shares her life and her home with her fiancé, a teenage stepson, and two wonderful dogs. Dexter, a 10-year-old beagle, is the life of every party (especially if there are snacks) and convinced he will forever be a puppy. Lucy, an 8-year-old basset/beagle, is always ready for some floppy snuggles or a nice long hike, as long as she is with her people. They hope to soon move out towards the country where they can share their lives with horses and chickens and pigs and cats. And, of course, more dogs!