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. Amanda is the manager of the Staplin Performing Arts Center at Valley High School in West Des Moines. Alicia works at a veterinary practice in North Dakota. "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 Two Fear Free Certified veterinarian.
Dr. Rush has four dogs: Preston, Murphy, Zorro, and Colin. 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), 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, 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.
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. Although she lives in North Dakota, she does off-site management work for our practice.
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!
During the year of our Lord 1994 when this clinic was but a mere two years old, a son was born unto this world. His parents would name him John, but call him JT be it that there were already too many Johns in the family. Upon taking their baby home from the hospital, they soon feel into a deep sleep, only to awake the next morning and find the family border collie had consumed the child's umbilical cord they had chosen to save from the hospital. Despite any immediate grievances with the situation, it would not be much later that they came to realize, a bond between man, and animal, had been formed.
Graduating from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, it seemed as though I was headed for a life in a cubicle with only coffee and papers to keep me company. However fate had other plans, and like a confused child staring out the car window as it takes an unexpected exit, so too I found myself arriving at the corner of Rush Animal Care with a crowd of dogs, cats, and a friendly staff waiting to greet me. I look forward very much to continuing my adventure here, and will do my very best not to have any more body parts ingested by a hungry dog.
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. 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. Rebecca also works at Hy-Vee in Ankeny where she continues to put smiles on customer's faces. When she is not working, Rebecca likes to hang out with friends, go to concerts, and spend time with her pets.
Hello! Hello! My name is 9-uh (Nina) comes before 10-uh. I am an energetic and eager vet assistant, passionate about critters. Speaking of critters, did I mention I am the proud mother of 3 cats, one dog, and one horse? If I'm not working at Rush Animal Care Clinic, you will most likely find me with my critters, lost in a bookstore, and rummaging through thrift stores.
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.