My Story: The Veterinary Assistant Turned Marketing Professional

Pembroke Welsh Corgi- Pet Parent & Her Dog

Hello All! Welcome to my blog. My name is Rachel. My husband and I have been blessed to have a Corgi name Rooney and we all live, run, and play in the San Francisco Bay Area. However, before I share what we are up to these days, there is an important part of our story you all need to know. In December 2010, I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelors degree in Animal Science & Management. My goal after graduating was to attend veterinary school. I applied to many veterinary schools all over the U.S. and in many other countries like New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. After receiving acceptance to schools in Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. I chose to attend the University of Glasgow in Scotland. I accepted my position in April 2011, by May 2011 I married my husband Matt, and we were set to leave in early September. In July 2011, Parliament changed their laws, so that my level of education was no longer high enough to bring dependents (Matt) with me to Scotland. I was assured by immigration officials here in the U.S. that we would be okay. Well, they were wrong…very wrong.

We were held in immigration when we arrived in Scotland and Matt was booked a flight home before we could leave the airport. I was left with a decision: 1) stay in a foreign country by myself and maybe not see my husband for 5 years 2) return home with my husband and not go to veterinary school. I chose the latter.

With our life savings down the drain, we dragged ourselves back to the U.S. where we immediately began looking for jobs. We were lucky enough to find an apartment and employment in the Bay Area. I had the pleasure of spending 18 more months as a Veterinary Assistant, and I truly enjoyed that experience. Since leaving the veterinary profession, I have completed my MBA in entrepreneurship and found an excellent job as a Marketing Associate at the Founder Institute.

This blog is inspired by the many experiences I had during my three years in veterinary medicine, as well as my love and enthusiasm for animals. Anyone who works in the veterinary world knows, as soon as you share your job title, questions ensue. So I decided to turn my many conversations with pet owners and enthusiasts into a blog. “My Kid Has Paws” is where I share my personal experiences, thoughts regarding pet related products, and helpful information. As a former veterinary technician and current dog owner, I hope to promote the importance of veterinary medicine to my readers. My goal with this blog is to start a discussion, one that promotes animal products, shelters and rescues, and a strong human-animal bond. I encourage everyone to reach out to me with their own experiences, suggestions, and questions you may have, feel free to send an email to

Disclaimer: Please note, none of the information on this site can, or will, replace a consultation with your veterinarian. Although I may draw on my own knowledge and experience in my posts, I AM NOT a licensed veterinarian, nor will I ever be. Therefore, I will always encourage you to visit your local veterinarian or emergency clinic if you have any concerns regarding your pet’s health. Any scientific information I refer to in this domain will be referenced.

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