Rachel Seibert, DVM, DACVS-SA, CCRP

Surgery - Physical Rehabilitation

Dr. Rachel Seibert grew up in Rhode Island, and always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Florida in 2005. She then continued her education at the University of Florida, acquiring her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2010. During veterinary school, in addition to developing an interest in surgery, she also worked as an ICU technician, and completed several externships in zoological medicine, with zoo medicine still being a secondary interest of hers. In 2011, she completed a one year rotating internship in medicine and surgery at North Carolina State University, followed by a three-year small animal surgical residency at the University of Tennessee, which she completed in 2014. During her residency, Dr. Seibert also underwent training and became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP). 

Following her residency, Dr. Seibert stayed on at the University of Tennessee as faculty for one year, instructing veterinary students in the clinics as well as laboratories and classroom setting. During this time she developed an interest in teaching and enjoys teaching students, technicians, and providing continuing education experiences whenever opportunities arise.   In 2015, Dr. Seibert became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She then joined Southwest Veterinary Surgical Service in Phoenix, Arizona, where she served as a staff surgeon from 2015- 2017. She was able to provide mentorship for both a surgical intern and resident during this time.

Dr. Seibert enjoys all areas of small animal surgery, but her special interests are in oncologic and reconstructive surgery, advanced wound care, thoracic surgery, airway surgery and physical rehabilitation. She also particularly enjoys perioperative management of critical care patients. Dr. Seibert enjoys lecturing, teaching and always strives to continue in her own education by attending conferences and labs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and fiancé outdoors, paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, hiking and running. 

Education / Experience: 

2017-presentSurgeon & Physical Rehabilitation Practitioner - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2015-2017Staff Surgeon - Southwest Veterinary Surgical Services, Gilbert, AZ
2015Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner - University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
2015Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Small Animal
2014-2015Assistant Professor - Surgery - University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN
2011-2014Residency – Small Animal Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN
2010-2011Internship - Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC
2010Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainesville, FL
2005Bachelor of Science - Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


McCarthy D, Lux C, Seibert R. Perineal evisceration secondary to a bite injury in a dog with an untreated perineal hernia. Can Vet J 2016; 57.

Cole G, Lux C, Schumacher JP, Seibert R, Sadler R, Henderson A, Odoi A, Newkirk KM. The effect of therapeutic laser therapy on first-intention incisional wound healing in ball pythons (Python reguis). American Journal of Veterinary Research 2015; 76(10):904-12

Sadler RA, Schumacher JP, Rathore K, Newkirk KM, Cole G, Seibert R, Cekanova M. Evaluation of the role of the cyclooxygenase signaling pathway during inflammation in skin and muscle tissue of ball pythons (Python regius) American Journal of Veterinary Research 2016; 77(5):487-94.

Sutton JS, Culp WTN, Scotti K, Seibert RL, Lux CN, Singh A, Wormser C, Runge J, Schmiedt CW, Corrie J, Phillips H, Selmic LE, Nucci DJ, Mayhew PD, Kass PH. Perioperative outcome and complications in canine and feline patients following esophageal surgical intervention: 72 cases (1993- 2013). Accepted to JAVMA July 2015- # 15-01-008.R1

Seibert RL, Tobias KM, Reed A, Snyder KR. (2014) Evaluation of a semiquantitative SNAP test for measurement of bile acids in dogs. PeerJ 2:e539 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.539

Lee N, Hammond L, Scruggs J, Lankton J, Seibert R, Smrkovski O. Clinical Rounds: Battling a Labrador’s oral malignant melanoma. Veterinary Medicine 2013.

Frazier S, Bartges J, Scruggs J, Bernard J, Hecht S, Callens A, Seibert R, Lee N. Clinical Rounds: Transitional cell carcinoma. Veterinary Medicine 2013.

Seibert R, Tobias K. Surgical treatment of aural hematoma. Clinician’s Brief 2013; March, 19-22.

Seibert R, Roe S, Marcellin-Little D, DePuy V, Lascelles BD. Comparison of bodyweight distribution, peak vertical force and vertical impulse as measures of hip joint pain and efficacy of THR. Veterinary Surgery 2012; 41(4): 443-7

Steeil J, Schumacher J, Seibert, R, Tobias, K. Cefovecin (Convenia) for the treatment of septic peritonitis in a female lion (Panthera Leo). J Zoo Wildl Med; 2012; 43(3): 678-81

Kim SE, Lewis DD, Pozzi A, Seibert RL, Winter MD. Radiographic quantitative assessment of cranial tibial subluxation before and after tibial plateau leveling osteotomy in dogs. American Journal of Veterinary Research 2011; 72(3): 410- 416

Seibert RL, Coomer AR, Lewis DD, Royals S, Sereda C. Stabilization of metatarsal and metacarpal fractures using circular external fixation in three dogs. New Zealand Journal of Veterinary Medicine 2011; 59(2): 96- 103

Seibert RL, Maisenbacher HW, Prošek R, Adin DB, Arsenault WG, Estrada AH. Successful closure of left-to-right patent ductus arteriosus in three dogs with concurrent pulmonary hypertension. Journal of Veterinary Cardiology  2010;  12 (1): 67- 73.  

Book Chapters

Haynes AM, Seibert R, Sura PA. Small Animal Surgery, Johnston and Tobias, 2nd Edition, Ch. 102: Trachea and Bronchi. 2016.

Lux CN, Seibert R. Small Animal Surgery, Johnston and Tobias, 2nd Edition, Ch. 118: Sphincter Mechanism Incontinence. 2016.


ACVS Resident Poster presentation: Comparison of bodyweight distribution, peak vertical force and vertical impulse as measures of hip joint pain and efficacy of THR. 2013.

Phi Zeta Annual Individualized Investigation Presentation Day: Presented Radiographic quantitative assessment of cranial tibial subluxation before and after TPLO. 2010.