Meet our Doctors

Rachel Shoemaker, DVM

Staff Veterinarian

Emergency & Critical Care

I am originally from Michigan, and over the last few years have lived in many different states. After my undergraduate studies I lived in Lexington, KY and worked with thoroughbred racehorses and broodmares. I then lived in Oklahoma for my four years of veterinary school, and eventually travelled back and forth across the country from North Carolina to Texas during my two internships. I have finally made it back to the east coast to land in Virginia, and could not be happier! I have a very cute cat named Milo who enjoys living with my parents and their two Australian Shepherds in Michigan. Outside of work, I enjoy baking, hiking, traveling, and yoga.

Clinical Areas of Interest

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Wound Management
  • Surgery

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

I want to be apart of this team that has helped so many animals, and continues to focus on medicine as a collaborative team spot to ensure that our patients get the best care.


  • Michigan State University, BS Animal Biology
  • Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM
  • Small Animal Rotating Internship, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas
  • Surgical Internship, Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center

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