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Dr. Cassandra Ruthrauff, DACVS-SA

Rachel, Registered Veterinary Technician


Rachel began her career in veterinary medicine in 2009 and joined the SAVES center as a surgical technician in 2016. She has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Fort Valley State University and became a registered veterinary technician in 2012. She continues to further her education by attending conferences and online courses. She is a wife and a mother of two beautiful daughters. Currently she has 2 dogs, a lab mix named Buddy and a shepard mix named Jett, and 2 cats named Gypsy and Turbo. Rachel enjoys going to the lake with her family and spending time outdoors. She will begin working towards her Academy of Veterinary Surgical Technicians certification in late 2016.

Dakota, Veterinary Assistant

Dakota graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She has years of experience working with everything from wildlife to marine mammals to exotic animals. Her passion has always been in the rescue field so after graduation, she worked as a keeper at a rescue sanctuary in Texas for big cats and bears. She finally decided she wanted to move to Georgia, a state she has always loved, and started as a veterinary technician at an animal hospital before coming to SAVES. She doesn’t have any animals of her own to take care of at home so in her free time, she enjoys traveling, riding horses, and just spending time in the great outdoors!


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