PVM Alumna is First Veterinarian Hired by Muncie ARF Non-Profit

July 22, 2016

Dr. Rachel Williams smiles with her dog, Tori, at Muncie’s Animal Rescue Fund. She was hired in June 2016 as the veterinarian for the shelter and new clinic. (Photo: Emma Kate Fittes/The Star Press)

Dr. Rachel Williams smiles with her dog, Tori, at Muncie’s Animal Rescue Fund. She was hired in June 2016 as the veterinarian for the shelter and new clinic. (Photo: Emma Kate Fittes/The Star Press)

Purdue Veterinary Medicine alumna Rachel Williams (PU DVM 2016) is the first veterinarian to be hired by the Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) team in the organization’s 18 years of service in Muncie, Ind. As reported in the Muncie Star Press, Dr. Williams, who graduated in May, joined the non-profit, no-kill shelter in June to help start a new clinic and provide care to rescued animals. Called ARF’s PAW, the new clinic will serve low-income pet owners by providing low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries, according to ARF Executive Director Vickie Bevans. The clinic is opening this month, with plans to begin providing spay/neuter surgeries in August. The goal is to offer services for animals owned by people in qualifying programs and uphold ARF’s mission to spay and neuter instead of euthanize.

Dr. Williams will have a number of responsibilities in her position, including running the spay/neuter clinic on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; giving vaccinations on Thursdays and Fridays; and caring for ARF rescue animals on Mondays. Another large part of her job will be preventing the spread of disease within ARF.

As explained in the Muncie Star Press story by reporter Emma Kate Fittes, Bevans and Dr. Williams had been working together since February to finish preparations and get the clinic up and running. “It’s a little bit terrifying,” Dr. Williams was quoted as saying. “But I know I have a good support system.” Purdue Veterinary Medicine Mobile Shelter Surgery Clinician Carol Fellenstein makes up some of that support system, serving on the clinic’s board and as Williams’ advisor.

On June 22, Dr. Williams examined a rescue dog at ARF for the first time. Estimating the dog’s age to be between 12 and 14 weeks old based on teeth, Dr. Williams checked for broken bones and brain damage because the dog had been thrown from a moving car, but thankfully, neither were found.

Dr. Williams is originally from Columbus, Ohio and is excited to now live in Muncie, since it is closer to Columbus than Purdue, which she said makes her parents happy! Though Dr. Williams just moved to the community in June, she had visited Muncie in the past, including the Muncie Animal Shelter, which is served by the PVM Priority 4 Paws mobile surgery unit that Dr. Williams participated on as a veterinary student.

"It's a very welcoming, very loving community-type feel," Dr. Williams said. "I think the mission that ARF has is fantastic, and what we are trying to do here is going to be great for the community, and I really wanted to be a part of that."

Click here to read the story published in the June 24 issue of The Muncie Star Press.

Dr. Rachel Williams graduated as a member of the Purdue DVM Class of 2016 in May and celebrated with her mom during the reception after commencement in the Purdue Memorial Union.

Dr. Rachel Williams graduated as a member of the Purdue DVM Class of 2016 in May and celebrated with her mom during the reception after commencement in the Purdue Memorial Union.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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