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Dr. Barb Rush (pictured with her daughter, Amanda, on the left) is a 1980 graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was raised in Minot, North Dakota and did two years at North Dakota State University in Fargo before coming to Iowa State University. She started practice in a two-clinic group in Des Moines, Iowa and started Rush Animal Care Clinic in March of 1992. Dr. Rush has two daughters, Amanda and Alicia. Amanda married Darin Webb in May 2013, and is currently the manager of the Staplin Performing Arts Center at Valley High School in West Des Moines. Alicia is a full-time college student, and is working full-time at the practice. "I can never thank my daughters enough for all the help and support they have given me over the years."
Dr. Rush has three dogs: Preston, Murphy, and Zorro. What else would they be but Shelties!! Only the best breed!! She has had Shelties since 1971. She has two cats, Angel Kitty (really Alicia's) and Mia Kitty (the clinic cat on extended sleepover at Dr. Rush's house!). By extension she loves her granddogs, Squire (Border Collie mix), and Daisy (Pembroke Welsh Corgi). In her free time, Dr. Rush is a pianist. She has played for the West Des Moines United Methodist Church, We Got Male vocal group, Urbandale Community Theater, and helped with other small groups. Currently she is on the keyboard for the praise band at Union Park United Methodist Church in Des Moines. When she has extra time (as opposed to free time!), she enjoys yard work.
Sam Wears is pictured here with her husband, Will, and their two daughters, Aubrey and Paisley. She is our office manager, and veterinary technician. Sam has been working at Rush Animal Care Clinic since April 2006. She has two black lab mixes, Riviera and Jake, as well as a cat named Checkers.
Sam enjoys spending as much time as possible with her daughters--playing outside, going to the park, playing dress up and swimming in their pool. She enjoys taking Riviera to local hospitals as a registered therapy dog, and Jake to Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine as one of their blood donor dogs. In her spare time (there isn't much of that anymore with two little ones!), she enjoys quality time with family and friends, scrapbooking, watching her husband race, and going to sporting events.
Alicia Pichler graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines in 2013. She is currently finishing her bachelor's Degree of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration. She has been working for Rush Animal Care since October 2009--started part-time and now works full-time. She works in all parts of the clinic.
Emily King graduated from Valley High School in 2008, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Luther College in 2012. A week after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Staff Sergeant Aren King, and they moved to Camp Pendleton, California where he served in the Marine Corps. Emily worked at Helen Woodward Animal Center, a high volume animal rescue facility. Thankfully, recruiting duty has brought them back to central Iowa!
Emily has a one year old daughter, Rebekah, and two fur kids, Kira and Gambit. She is a self-proclaimed cinephile, especially of the horror genre. She has a deep seated love for classic rock, animals and musical theater, including show choir. She is very excited to be joning the team at Rush Animal Care Clinic!
Tara Busby is our newest staff member, joining us in March 2017 at the front desk, as our receptionist. She relocated to Des Moines in 2015 from Chicago, and has more than seven years of experience working with dogs in various daycare, grooming, and boarding facilities around Chicago and Des Moines, including her work as an Animal Care Technician at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, and as general manager at Canine Country Club in West Des Moines.
Tara has two large Miniature Schnauzers named Pepper Jack and Abby Girl, both of whom were rescues. PJ came with her from Chicago, and Abby was discovered while working at the ARL. In her free time she enjoys reading, swimming and long walks with her dogs, as well as drawing, painting and sewing (especially coats, pajamas, and other accessories for her dogs). Tara graduated from Columbia College of Chicago in 2002 with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, majoring in fashion design, but just can't keep away from working with animals.
HI! I'm Jessica Dodge and I was hired in October of 2014 as one of the kennel attendants. I love animals! I even have a betta fish named Firework, and two cats named Zoey and B.C.(which stands for Battle Cat, but she's a lover, not a fighter). In my spare time, I like volunteering at Furry Friends Refuge, reading and watching cooking shows.
Corey Rail graduated from Hoover High School in 2007, having been a former member of the FFA, and studying Animal Sciences out of Central Campus. He has worked with a variety of animals, from rabbits, ferrets and chickens to sheep and cattle. He volunteered for one year with the Animal Rescue League.
Corey currently has one dog, Luna, who is a vocal two year old Golden Retriever/Australian shepherd mix who enjoys the outdoor, daily walks, and loves to chase toys and play tug-o-war. Corey enjoys music, playing games, hanging out with friends and family, and reading.
He has a great fondness for animals, especially rabbits. He hopes to have one as his own in the future. Animals have always remained a big part of his life. Corey joined Rush Animal Care in October 2014. He hopes to continue his pursuit in a career with animals.