Rachel started her career as a small animal veterinarian in Auckland, New Zealand in 2013. She then made the trek back across the Tasman and worked in emergency medicine and small animal practices in Brisbane, Australia until 2018. In 2018, Rachel began her Master of Biostatistics and moved out of clinical practice.
In 2020, she was accepted to the Department of Health Graduate Program. She soon found herself working in the National Incident Room (NIR) on the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. She was involved in rapid analysis of data, contact tracing, development of R scripts for situation reports and part of a multi-jurisdictional team of epidemiologists investigating Covid-19 clusters.
In May 2021, she began work with Ausvet. Since starting, she has been involved in a variety of projects focussed on public health measures in Southeast Asia, One Health, disease surveillance and epidemiological analysis. During this time, she has also been working to complete her Masters, working on a project with researchers from the Australian National University looking at salmonellosis trends in Australia over the past 10 years.
Outside the office, she plays social basketball, loves to go to trivia to test her (poor) general knowledge skills and lounging with her cat Toph.