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Born and raised in the Bluegrass State, I graduated from the University of Kentucky (GO CATS!) in Lexington with a BS in Animal Science. In 1989, I graduated from Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine (WAR EAGLE!) with a preceptorship at Sharon Lakes Animal Hospital in Charlotte, NC. I then relocated to Tennessee (GO VOLS!) to practice with Cherokee Hospital for Animals. In December of 1991, I purchased the practice and have managed it since. I am a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a Hospital Director with the American Animal Hospital Association, and a member of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association and the Tri-Cities Academy of Veterinary Medicine. For several years I have served on the Board of Directors for the Airport Pet Emergency Clinic.
On a personal note, I reside with my husband Mark Dison, an ETSU alum (GO BUCS!), in Jonesborough with our menagerie (two dogs, Rusty & Oscar). My favorite hobby is riding horses (I grew up in horse country) and I show my Thoroughbreds at local hunter/jumper shows. Mark & I also enjoy snow skiing, ski racing (slalom and giant slalom), scuba diving, underwater photography, camping, water activities, and, of course, following college sports.
Born in the great state of Alabama, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian at a very young age. My first job was working in the office of our family veterinarian. I fell in love with the profession and decided to pursue my education in the field of veterinary medicine.
I went to undergraduate and veterinary school at Auburn University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999. After I had finished my first year of practice, I moved to Johnson City, Tennessee.
During my first move to Johnson City, I worked for Dr. Sallee part-time and at a veterinary office in Kingsport part-time. I moved back to Alabama due to family obligations. While in Alabama, I was a member of a six-doctor clinic in Birmingham. It was there I mastered new skills in internal medicine, ultrasound, and general surgery. I have a special interest for internal medicine. I enjoy focusing on warm communication and educating owners on what is best for their pets.
I have one child, a daughter, Marin. I did not know until she was born I could love one person so much. Marin and I have 4 cats we enjoy spending time with. I love the outdoors; Marin and I also love to shop! I have also developed a new hobby in the last few years, running! I typically run 25-30 miles per week, and have ran in 3 marathons.
My practice of veterinary medicine has been so rewarding. I look forward to many years of treating and forming lasting relationships with my patients. I cannot imagine doing anything else.
Dr. Rachael Carpenter was born and raised in East Tennessee. My enthusiasm and love for veterinary medicine arose at an early age. My father is a veterinarian and I have been an integral part of his practice throughout my life. I remember as a child following him around the clinic “helping” him with surgery and waking up during the night to go on emergencies. With every opportunity, I attempted to practice what I watched my father do. The motivation to become a veterinarian was evident; improving the quality of life of both animals and their owners through medicine was the greatest payoff of personal satisfaction I could ever receive. This realization has motivated and inspired me to strive for excellence and to pursue this fulfilling career.
I attended Carson-Newman College and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Biology. I met my husband during my last year of undergraduate school and we married one week after I received my veterinary degree. After graduating, I started practicing in Kingsport. While working there full-time, I was fortunate to be able to work for Dr. Sallee on my days off. I really enjoyed the staff and clients, and it didn’t take long to realize that Cherokee Hospital for Animals is where I wanted to be, and it is now the place I am blessed to call “home.”
My husband Dave is a TWRA officer in Sullivan County and works to protect and manage Tennessee’s wildlife. We share our home in Blountville with our two babies: Jake, a black lab, and Pearl, a miniature Australian shepherd. We love Tennessee football (Go Vols!) and enjoy playing with our dogs every chance we get. We are active in our church, First Baptist Church of Blountville. I also enjoy going on short-term mission trips and working with people who have special needs. I find great fulfillment in helping people make positive and educated choices regarding the health of their pet. It is my priority to always give my best to my clients and their pets.
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