Meet Our Team

Dr. Barb Rush

Dr. Rush and Colin at 10 weeks old

 Dr. Barb Rush  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.  "I can never thank my daughters enough for all the help and support they have given me over the years."  Dr. Rush is a Level Three Fear Free Certified veterinarian.  Dr. Barb and Dr. Pat love helping clients, and occasionally reminisce back to the 1970's (the looks we get from the team!!). 

Dr. Rush has four dogs:  Murphy, Zorro,  Colin(shown in picture) and Brody. What else would they be but Shelties!! Only the best breed!! She has had Shelties since 1971.  By extension she loves her granddogs, Squire (Border Collie mix),  Daisy (Pembroke Welsh Corgi), and Zion (Border Collie). 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, and is the Director of the Christ Chimers at the West Des Moines United Methodist Church. When she has extra time (as opposed to free time!), she enjoys yard work.

Dr. Pat Huston 

Dr. Pat Huston


Dr. Patrick Huston is a fully licensed accredited and retired veterinarian, who volunteers at Rush Animal Care.  Dr. Pat and Dr. Barb met as  20 year-old wide-eyed freshmen at Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine and worked together shortly after graduation.  Dr. Pat left the Des Moines area to join his father’s mixed animal veterinary practice as the primary pet care provider for 35 years.  He has recently returned to the Des Moines area to be closer to family.  He is the oldest of 5 children, with his youngest brother a vet in Florida.  Dr. Pat has been married to Cindy for 39 ½ years with 2 lovely grown daughters, 2 granddaughters, and a 15 year-old retriever-cross rescue dog named Sammy.  He enjoys helping people and their pets.  His hobbies include attending a full schedule of grandchildren events, and supporting State of Iowa Athletics—Cyclones, Bulldogs, Panthers, and a 51-week-a –year Hawkeye fan.  One of his many skills is the ability to make Dr. Barb laugh.   

Alicia Pichler

alicia pichler Alicia Pichler graduated from Valley High School in West Des Moines in 2013. She is currently finishing her bachelor's in Management. She has been working for Rush Animal Care since October 2009.   Alicia is  a Fear Free Certified professional staff member.  Alicia is our office manager.  She has 2 cats--Angel Kitty and Smokey, and a Texas Heeler named Ala.  Although she lives in North Dakota, she does off-site management work for our practice. 

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid graduated from North Polk High School in 2016 and from there she continued her education at Des Moines Area Community College. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program in 2019 and is a Registered Veterinary Technician. She began her career at Rush Animal Care in 2018 as an intern and was offered a job after that. She has always had a passion for animals and has three dogs of her own.  When she is not working, Rebecca likes to hang out with friends, go to concerts, and spend time with her pets.

Joel Kaufman

Joel Kaufman bioJoel Kaufman graduated from Grandview Park Baptist School in 2012 and went on to graduate from DMACC's Veterinary Technician program in 2016. He spent 8 years in 4-H showing his pigs, guinea pig and creating different pastries to be judged. He began his career at Rush Animal Care in September of 2020 to further his passion to help educate owners and support their pets. Joel enjoys hanging out with his friends and spending time with his family.

Coralee Algoe 

Coralee and friend

 Coralee graduated from Winterset High School in 2018.  She lived on a farm where she gained her love of animals.  Growing up she had multiple bottle calves, dogs, and barn cats.  She presently has two dogs:  Tank, a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix, and Blue, a red Heeler/Australian Shepherd/Lab mix.  She also has a barn cat, Templeton, and two bottle calves, Buster and Pipsqueak.  Coralee goes to Des Moines Area Community College for Veterinary Technology.  Her career here began as an intern and she is a veterinary assistant on our team.  

Alicia Burleson

Alicia and Rocky

Alicia Burleson grew up always looking for an animal to pet, meet, or own. Since she was a little girl, she could never get enough of dog kisses and kitty purrs. She graduated from Johnston High School in 2020 and is now starting her journey at Iowa State University. She plans to major in animal science/pre-vet and continue onto vet school. She aspires to help animals in any way and give them the best care possible. On her free time, she enjoys CrossFit, outdoor activities, and traveling. Dogs and cats have a special place in her heart, especially her pets Rico (dog), Rocky (dog), Max (cat) and Frankie (cat).  She also loves horses and has been riding them since she was a little girl. Alicia started as an intern at Rush Animal Care Clinic in 2019, and then was hired on as a veterinary assistant. She has loved learning from Dr. Rush and is now excited to continue her journey of helping all our furry friends.

Jessica Dodge

jessica dodge

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

corey rail

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.

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