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Rima Kharbush, DVM-to-be



Rima is currently a veterinary student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She hopes to pursue a career in small animal and/or wildlife, zoo animal, and exotics medicine. Her interest in wildlife medicine was partly inspired by a recent trip to South Africa, where she was able to participate in the live capture of wild giraffes and the relocation and treatment of an injured rhinoceros.

Originally born and raised in Madison, she attended college in Minnesota, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology. Shortly after graduating, she moved to Bellingham for an internship in wildlife rehabilitation. She quickly fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and upon receiving a job at Mountain Veterinary Hospital, decided to make it her temporary home. Rima worked at Mountain Vet for a year before returning to Madison to start veterinary school the fall of 2012.

When in Bellingham, besides working at Mountain Vet, she continues to volunteer at Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, where her favorite animals are raptors, swans, and skunks. In her free time Rima enjoys playing soccer, reading a good book, watching Disney movies, or hanging out with friends. She also loves lounging around with her beautiful fluffball of a cat named Kiki who is her constant snuggle buddy and study companion. She feels very much at home in Bellingham and greatly misses her friends and coworkers when she is away; she hopes to continue visiting over the next four years and perhaps eventually make it her permanent home. Back