Meet Dr. Ashley Rice, DVM
Dr. Ashley Rice was born and raised in Omak, Washington. Her passion for veterinary medicine began early with shadowing a local ambulatory veterinarian at age 9. She also spent many hours wrapping her Breyer horses in pretend bandages and “doctoring” her childhood pets. Dr. Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Washington State University in 2008. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. After graduation, Dr. Rice completed a year-long equine internship in Montana, and then moved to the Walla Walla Valley to practice mixed animal medicine. After several years, she began volunteering for the local shelter’s feline Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program and absolutely fell in love with shelter medicine and surgery. Dr. Rice has since worked as a shelter veterinarian at several shelters. She also does small animal relief work in the Walla Walla Valley. Dr. Rice feels like she found her niche in shelter medicine and is extremely passionate about High Quality High Volume Spay Neuter (HQHVSN). She is thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of the Pet Over Population Prevention team and is looking forward to increasing access to care for underserved patient populations. Dr. Rice strongly believes that spay and neuter work enhances the quality of life for animals and the humans who live with them.
Outside of work, Dr. Rice loves to spend time with her husband, their children, and their menagerie of animals. They have 4 horses, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. They enjoy riding their horses, working cattle, being outdoors, snow skiing, and travel. Dr. Rice’s two most favorite places to visit are Australia and Switzerland.