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: 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. 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 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.
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 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.
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.