Rachel serves as the clinical programs coordinator for the UF Veterinary Hospitals and has been with the College of Veterinary Medicine since 2006.
Rachel earned her bachelors from the University of Phoenix, her masters from the University of Florida, and is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication. Her research focuses on strengthening diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives by encouraging under-represented minorities to consider careers in agriculture, specifically veterinary medicine.
Rachel found a home in veterinary medicine, even though she is not a veterinarian. She said “this profession offers so many other ways to participate in improving the lives of both animals and humans. I truly believe that our college of veterinary medicine sets the standard for all other academic institutions. Seeing first-hand the incredible talent and skills our students, faculty, and staff possess makes me grateful to be part of the UF and the UF Veterinary Hospitals.”
Her first gift to the college was less than $10 and was when the college was wrapping up a capital campaign fund to build the new UF Small Animal Hospital. She continues to donate because she feels her contributions, when combined with the gifts of others, make a larger impact on veterinary medicine than I could alone.
When talking to others about the college, Rachel says, “Part of my role is to approach industry sponsors about ways they can contribute to faculty and staff programs at the UF Veterinary Hospitals. I feel it is much easier to have those conversations when I am a donor myself.”