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Melissa Hardwick

Staff Accountant

Fun Fact: Melissa teaches dog training classes – everything from behavior modification to agility – at the Richmond, Virginia, SPCA.

Melissa grew up in Minnesota and for her seventh birthday asked for a “vet kit.” Her mom bought her a stethoscope and rolled gauze and Melissa’s love of animal welfare was born. As an adult, Melissa sought roles as an animal welfare volunteer and a veterinary practice manager. She learned extensively about the veterinary industry and became passionate about comprehensive animal care. She also became interested in the world of finance and has worked professionally in various accounting roles since 2006 with a diverse assortment of companies ranging from transportation to investments. Melissa loves that she can unite her interests while serving and caring for the veterinary community through Rarebreed.

Melissa earned her BS in accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University and currently volunteers for the foster-based dog rescue she founded. In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking with her dogs and gaming with friends.

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