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Veterinarian technician Sara Carlson, left, assists Dr. Rachel Bakeberg as they check over Coco Hastings in the surgery center of the newly built Appleton Veterinary Clinic. The recently opened clinic is designed for care of both large and small animals, and includes everything from a hydraulic tilt chute for large animals to segregated grooming and boarding centers for small animals. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Appleton-based veterinarian hard at work defying the trends


APPLETON -- The class of 2002 at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine numbered 76, and of that number, only eight intended to pursue practices involving large animals.

Of those eight, two were women.

One of the two, Dr. Rachel Bakeberg went against the grain another notch by opening her own solo practice, instead of staying with larger group practices as have many of her former classmates.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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