Rachel Schochet, DVM, MS, DACVR
Dr. Rachel Schochet, board certified veterinary radiologist, joined the WestVet specialty team in May of 2016, bringing more than sixteen years of experience in the veterinary profession to pets and their families in the Treasure Valley.
Dr. Schochet grew up in New York but says one of her favorite memories are the summers she and her brother spent in Idaho. As both of her parents worked in education, their professional schedules enabled the family to travel to the Gem state for summers filled with camping, hiking, backpacking, and exploring Idaho. In addition, as a teenager, she participated in the ice skating programs offered in Sun Valley and she is an accomplished snow skier— she was on the United States ski team 1988-1991, moguls.
She tells us that part of the appeal of moving to Idaho was to be near her parents who have since moved to the Wood River Valley permanently.
Dr. Schochet completed her undergraduate work at the University of Utah, graduating with a BA in psychology. She earned her DVM at Colorado State University (CSU) College of Veterinary Medicine in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Next up, a one-year internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, followed by a three-year radiology residency at the CSU. She was honored with a National Institute of Health (NIH) grant for oncology. This enabled her to work for the oncology department at CSU.
Dr. Schochet has a natural enthusiasm for veterinary medicine. “I love all things cats and dogs. I like to kiss all my patients, and make their imaging experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible,” she said. “I will often let clients be with their animals when I ultrasound them, and try to make their experience as pleasant as possible.”
She also feels that the most important part of her job is to ensure her patients receive the highest level of care while also maintaining a superior level of communication with referring veterinarians and owners.
Dr. Schochet is married to an artisan bread baker. Her spouse, Roman, is a native Southern Californian, relocating to Idaho with her, where he will be launching a bakery career full time.
Their home is completed with 5 cats—all rescues from the many years where she served with cat rescue nonprofits—and one Goldendoodle, “Charlie.”
Dr. Schochet described Charlie as “the best dog on the whole planet,” and says she and her husband are curious to see his reaction to seeing snow for the first time. More than anything, their family is looking forward to a change of pace, and returning to the mountains. “We will be raising chickens at our new house in Hailey, trying to really relax, and enjoying all the beautiful things Idaho has to offer.”
Dr. Rachel Schochet joins Dr. Andrew Gendler in the WestVet Diagnostic Services department, serving clients five days a week. We are delighted to offer her knowledge and care to Idaho families.