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Dr. Rachael Ostrom-Sachar

2001
I was born in the San Fernando Valley in 1976. In 1980 my family moved to Canyon Country.  Growing up, my sister and I were very active in the 4-H.  My parents were active in the community and the school system.
I did not have a successful education.  My teen years were rebellious and unfocused. I graduated from Learning Post High School in 1994.  After high school,  I  worked in the entertainment industry and was a member of SAG and AFTRA.  I also took classes on and off at COC, UCLA extension, and AFI but had trouble focusing and keeping my grades up while juggling multiple jobs and auditions.
In 1999 I decided to give up the entertainment industry with the hope of pursuing my earlier dreams of becoming a veterinarian.  With this returned the familiar dreading of school.  Because to pursue this, I had to restart my education.  With my record I was not an attractive candidate for academic success.  I applied and fortunately I was accepted at COC. 
At first, I had to take a lot of placement tests just to figure out where to even start. I had to retake a lot of classes I'd dropped or failed.  A major breakthrough came when I joined MESA.  Soon MESA was providing the support and encouragement I needed to overcome my fears while being a fantastic resource.    Ultimately I earned my Associates degree (Spring 2001) and was accepted to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Fall 2001). During my years at Cal Poly, I worked as the student manager of the campus veterinary clinic, ran a volunteer program for pre-vet students, participated in the Equine Reproduction Enterprise, and even did an episode of Animal Planet's "That's My Baby".  I earned my Bachelor of Science in Animal Science/ Pre-Vet Spring 2005 (with honors) and was accepted to Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. During vet school I trained at many specialized veterinary clinics around the country. I graduated in spring of 2009 with my Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
I next accepted a one year internship under Dr. Charlie Boles focusing on equine veterinary sports medicine, lameness, surgery and obtaining my license. After my internship, I worked at a mixed animal practice in Agua Dulce for 2 years. I became certified in veterinary acupuncture through International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. 
In May 2012, I started my own ambulatory veterinary practice, "Twin Oaks Equine Veterinary Services". My practice covers sports performance, dentistry, field surgery, emergency, reproduction, and shelter medicine. I am a clinical preceptor for Western University of Health Sciences and teach 3rd and 4th year vet students about equine ambulatory medicine.
The dream continues……​