VIN Consultants and Editors

Focus: Anesthesia/Analgesia

Associate Editor

Rachael Carpenter

Rachel Carpenter


  • Residency in Anesthesia and Analgesia, Michigan State University, 2002
  • Internship in Large Animal Medicine, 2000
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, 1999
  • Bachelor of Science, Franklin & Marshall, 1994

Current Professional Activities

  • Working part time for Vets@VIN
  • Clinical Instructor, Anesthesia, Virginia-Maryland Regional CVM

Past Professional Activities

  • Emergency Clinician, Animal Emergency of Kane County 2012 – 2014
  • Anesthesia Consulting, Greater Chicago Area 2011 – 2014
  • Anesthesiologist, Ruffian Equine Medical Center, Elmont, NY 2009 – 2011
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesia and Pain Management, University of Illinois

Marital Status

  • Married to Chris Byron (DVM, MS, DACVS, Equine Surgery)


  • Gracie
  • Kate

Pets (aka “Child Substitutes”)

  • Pickle, a rescued DSH who always gets in a pickle!
  • Blanche, a rescued DSH
  • Neville (aka Griffyndor's Golden Hero), Russell Terrier


  • Golf
  • Horseback riding
  • Foxhunting
  • Cooking

Favorite Quote

“It is a man's sympathy with all creatures that truly makes him a man. Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, he will not himself find peace.
— Albert Schweitzer

What I Like Most About VIN

Challenging others to think, and being challenged to think myself by all the questions!

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