Meet our Doctors

Rachel Durrwachter, VMD

Rotating Veterinarian

Rachel Durrwachter VMD

I grew up in the D.C. metropolitan area and studied biology at the College of William & Mary. I earned my veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, running, bird-watching, cheering for the Nationals, and spending time with my very energetic Bichon, Freddie.



Clinical Area of Interest

  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Internal medicine
  • Clinical microbiology

Why Do You Work at Friendship?

Before applying to the match, I did an externship at FHA. Everyone was very welcoming and the internship program had all of the qualities I was looking for in a training program. I am excited to learn from the amazing veterinarians at Friendship and serve the people and animals of my hometown!


  • College of William & Mary, BS (Biology)
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, VMD


  • Durrwachter R, Cole SD, Rankin SC. Genotypic-relatedness and urinary virulence factor prevalence in canine S. pseudintermedius isolates. (NIH/Boehringer-Ingelheim study)
  • Durrwachter R, Reetz JA. What is your diagnosis?: Primary pulmonary carcinoma with bronchial and tracheal invasion in a cat. JAVMA (In press).

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