Reimagining a New Veterinary Experience – and Why That Matters to You

Make room — Rarebreed is creating a new kind of veterinary workplace. A working environment where team members feel supported, valued, heard – and excited to come to work every day.

Now, it’s easy for us to say that Rarebreed is a great place to work. But we believe if we’re going to talk the talk, we’d better walk the walk. Take a look at how we’re creating an exceptional work experience.

1. We care about our people
Working in the veterinary profession can be stressful, isolating and emotionally taxing. The CDC estimates that nearly 1 in 10 veterinarians experiences severe psychological distress. A 2020 paper in Frontiers in Veterinary Science, showed that over 50% of technicians suffer from burnout.

To help combat this industry-wide issue, we’ve structured our company culture with a family-first mentality, creating a working environment that’s encouraging, fun, open and one that fosters team-member growth from every angle. Wellness forums, monthly support groups, wellness coaches and Employee Assistance Programs help support their physical and emotional well-being. Because they are the foundation of our company, it’s crucial that we take care of our team members from both a mental and physical standpoint. Before taking any action, we first ask, “How will this help our community?”

Diversity and inclusion are also important to the Rarebreed team. We established our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to address current issues that face the veterinary community – and make sure everyone has a place where they can thrive, regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation or credentials.

We empower our team members! Technicians are encouraged to maximize their wide range of skills in our veterinary hospitals. And doctors and management are equally encouraged to trust their technicians and staff to perform the tasks they’re trained for.

The result of investing in our people? Happier team members and lower turnover. In a recent survey, 95 percent of team members said they recommend working at a Rarebreed-partnered hospital.

 

2. We offer industry-leading benefits and pay
At Rarebreed, we believe team members who feel valued, appreciated and connected to an organization provide better care for pets and owners. And for us, showing appreciation means taking care of them financially, too. Our benefits and pay transcend the profession’s average because our standards of care go beyond what’s expected.

In addition to generous benefits (including pet-related ones), pay and a bonus referral program, every Rarebreed team member has access to continuing education opportunities to develop their expertise. This includes professional development programs – like the Penn Foster Sponsorship Program – and tuition reimbursement.

To make everyone feel invested in our community, team members are eligible for quarterly bonuses based on hospital performance. This is a benefit that’s typically reserved for doctors, and we’re proud to offer it to a broader group of deserving individuals.

 

3. We’re constantly looking at what’s next
The veterinary profession isn’t stagnant. And Rarebreed isn’t either. We’re continuing to find ways to attract and retain the brightest and kindest minds in the veterinary profession. That starts within our own walls. Hospital team members will soon have access to a career ladder, which will demonstrate how to reach the next steps in their careers – and encourage them to take those steps. We’re also working on a video learning platform and a technician-run nutrition program.

Outside the office, we’re focused on combating the current issue of work-life integration in the veterinary community. The Rarebreed PTO policy exceeds our competitors and encourages team members to take the time off that they’ve earned – and wholeheartedly deserve.

Above all, we’re focused on listening more and talking less. All Rarebreed team members are encouraged to submit feedback and ideas for continued organizational improvement. It’s our goal to foster a workplace that’s united with a common purpose and uncommon passion – and a culture that’s rooted in love, respect and fun.

And all that starts with our team.

 

Shishira Adiga

Quality Assurance Manager

Fun Fact: Shishira can play the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument.

Shishira earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Texas Tech University and has since been working in various engineering roles related to hardware and software, such as test lead, development manager, and scrum master in chip fabrication. He has experience working in the insurance, banking, and veterinary fields.

Shishira enjoys spending his free time with his children, learning the ancient languages Sanskrit and Tulu, and reading about new technologies such as Blockchain.

Bernetta Gethers

Clinical Training Manager

Fun Fact:  Bernetta was a director of a dance school where ballet, tap, ethnic, and lyrical dance were taught.

Bernetta began her veterinary care as a veterinary assistant in general practice. After graduating from tech school, her eyes were opened to the emergency, specialty, and critical care world of veterinary medicine. This proved to be the excitement that she had been missing. She quickly navigated a path into a management/leadership position where she trained, mentored, and cultivated veterinary technicians and assistants. Bernetta thrives on making connections with people and facilitating difficult conversations and direct communication. She has an associate degree in applied science from Camden County College and a BS in management from DeVry University. She lives in Pennsylvania with her three children and four fur children.

Jennifer Shaw

Area Manager

Fun Fact: Jennifer went to culinary school.

Jennifer has been in the veterinary field for 20 years, starting as a technician in emergency/ specialty services on Long Island, New York, before moving to general practice. Advancing in her career, she became a practice manager with multi-site responsibility.

Jennifer was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and currently lives in Staten Island with her partner, Cindy, two amazing boys, Matt and Tim, and her crazy dog, Theo. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, camping, and bike riding.

Andrew Rockwood

Technical Operations Network Manager

Fun Fact:  As a Dell driving technician, Andrew was consistently ranked one of the top five techs in the country based on speed, technical skill, and customer satisfaction.

Andrew attended York County Community College and has been working in the technology field for over 15 years. Starting from a modest beginning as a Staples Easy Tech, Andrew has worked with technology in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government, and MSP environments. All of this has led to a breadth of lessons learned through experience in the field.

He has always been a geek and has been fascinated with technology since he was seven years old. Andrew has always been motivated to be the change he wanted to see in the world and strives to make tech support a team effort custom-tailored to each user.

When he is not working you can find Andrew working on projects around the house or spending time with his wife and three young children. Beach days are always great, and summer is by far his favorite season in Maine.

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Business Transformation Specialist

Fun Fact: Adria dove with sharks in Yap, located in the Micronesian Islands next to Guam.

Pet in Photo: Khaleesi

Adria’s passion for animals has always been a big part of who she is. Her many years of experience working in animal care began in a Maine animal shelter. Later, after moving to Florida, Adria flourished as a veterinary technician, surgery technician, inventory manager, and trainer. Most recently she lived in Guam where she worked as practice manager for an animal hospital. Now back in Maine, she is excited to continue her career with Rarebreed and complete her undergraduate certificate in veterinary practice management. In her free time, Adria enjoys horseback riding, painting and dancing.