A New England native and a 2002 honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rachel Abrams spent the last eight years working as a Professional Service Veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim. She now works with Fear Free as the Practice Certification Manager.
Prior to attending vet school, she spent four years as a surgical veterinary technician at a referral hospital in Dover, New Hampshire. Upon graduation, she relocated to North Carolina, where she worked as an associate veterinarian and then as a relief veterinarian in both general and emergency veterinary hospitals. She is a member of the NCVMA, AVMA, and AAFP. In 2015, she earned her Low Stress Handling Silver certification and joined AAFP’s Cat Friendly Practice (CFP) Advisory Council. In 2016, she earned her Fear Free certification and became an approved Fear Free speaker. She is currently enrolled in The Academy for Dog Trainers.
Like many veterinarians, Rachel knew what she wanted to do from a very young age. Growing up in a home with two diehard animal-loving parents and pets that included guinea pigs, a snake, rats, parakeets, cats, dogs, horses, and chickens, it’s no wonder. She started working in veterinary hospitals just as soon as she could, taking the school bus to her first after-school job at Apple Valley Veterinary Hospital in Stow, Massachusetts.
She shares her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Scott, her patient and supportive partner of 14 years; two cats, Allister Jane and Henry James; and Oliver Jones, a Siberian Husky (all rescues, of course!). Her pony, Jag, lives just a few miles away, and together they enjoy trail riding and jumping. She is a volunteer at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control and enjoys hiking, reading and binge watching “This Is Us.”.