Dr. Rae Hamblin joined the team at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital in June of 2021. She has special interests in feline medicine, internal medicine, and geriatrics. She loves solving complicated medical problems and supporting the bond between pets and their families throughout their lives. She especially enjoys working with families to support the health and quality of life of her patients as they age.
Dr. Rae grew up near Seattle and received her BAS in Biological Sciences from the Evergreen State College in 2013. She graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. She is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and has earned their Cat Friendly Veterinarian Certificate. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. She is excited to be starting the certification program in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine through the Chi Institute.
A lifelong animal lover, Dr. Rae grew up training and showing dogs in 4H and AKC, cleaning stalls in exchange for horseback riding lessons, volunteering with a feline rescue organization, and cleaning cages at a parrot store. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2012, first as an intern for a mobile large animal practice and then as an assistant at a small animal emergency clinic. She began her work as a veterinarian working in an animal shelter but transitioned to private practice because she wanted to be able to build longer lasting relationships with her patients.
Dr. Rae lives in Sequim with her partner K, pointer mix Brier, and three house cats Kazul, Brigan, and Saturday. She spends much of her free time working on their house and property under strict supervision by their small colony of feral barn cats. She also spends a lot of time training, playing, exploring and hiking with Brier, who aspires to graduate to running and backpacking buddy when she grows up. Dr. Rae also enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, snuggling with her kitties, and watching the “cat cam” in the barn.