Recognize Rachel? You may have caught her on stage at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium where she trained animals &performed with their education show “Animals on Safari!” Or perhaps you caught one of her appearances on the Today Show with the Columbus Zoo Crew? Yes, we are ecstatic to have an Oscar-worthy superstar on our team at AHSH!
Rachel’s roots stem back to good ol’ Lakewood, Ohio, where she branched out to just north of Columbus to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned her degree in Pre-Professional Zoology with a minor in Chemistry and Spanish. With her lifelong love of animals and passion for learning, Rachel is currently earning a Master’s Certificate in Wildlife Management from Oregon State University. Her hands-on experience with animals includes volunteering at animal shelters, the wildlife center, internships at zoos in Boston and Tampa, and assisting veterinarians. Along the path of caring for animals, Rachel found it vital to become certified by the Red Cross for Pet First Aid.
With her outgoing personality, compassionate nature and love for people & pets, she is the perfect patient care coordinator for AHSH. When she is not pet sitting for clients, working, or saving the world one recyclable at a time, she enjoys spending time with her talkative kitty, Eby, and spirited fiancé, Christopher! Rachel knows the importance of keeping healthy and does so by exercising yoga, running and going on adventures with a local hiking group. If you drive by Rachel’s abode, you’ll see she has a green thumb with her beautiful garden. This outdoorsy gal loves traveling in and outside of the states and has a special love for the beautiful state of Hawaii.
Being a part of the team at AHSH is not just a job for Rachel – she loves the atmosphere, helping clients and loving on pets every day. Even though she loves working with exotic animals and helping to educate people about the importance of conservation, she is very happy to be back working with her original love of companion animals. She is looking forward to meeting you and your pets and hopes she can play a role in making your pet’s visit to AHSH special and fun!