Dr. Kuhn as a veterinarian she wishes to challenge the status quo by helping animals live the healthiest lives that they can. Her goals with this clinic to make the veterinary experience to be as kind and stress free as possible for both patient and their fur parent (owner).
That is why she has started her behavior centered fear-free veterinary practice. Where one of our goals is for patients to like their vet and vet staff so that when they hurt we can treat them more quickly and effectively. This helps the veterinary team to get them on the way to health faster and easier.
Dr. Rachael is the owner and practicing veterinarian at Prairie Animal Hospital. She graduated with her bachelors in Science from Iowa State University, and earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University's Veterinary College in 2005.
After graduation Dr. Rachael practiced veterinary medicine throughout the United States as a Navy wife. In 2011, Dr. Rachael and her family returned home to just outside Peoria, IL to be closer to family.
In her "spare" time she loves to garden hike, ride her bike and go horseback riding with her three children and husband. She currently has six furry family members which include one dog (Charlie) and five cats (Marigold, Pierre, Peanut, Sister, and Bushy.)
Dr. Rachael loves preventative medicine, and has a special interest in urgent care medicine.
Mandy - Veterinary Office Manager
Dana - Vet Assistant
Mandy was born and raised in a small town in southern Illinois. She spent a lot of time helping on her uncle's farm. She had many pets growing up including: guinea pigs, hamsters, fish, frogs, and her favorite, dogs. Mandy's favorite breed of dog is the Irish Setter. She has been a Certified Pharmacy Technician for over 15 years and is now grateful to further her career with Prairie Animal Hospital.
She is so excited to use her human pharmacy skills in a veterinary environment. She loves working at PAH! When Mandy is not at work she spends all her free time with her little girl who just turned 1 in October, her wonderful family and great friends.
Mandy's hobbies are reading, playing acoustic guitar, and watching sports. Go Cubs! Go Bears!
Dana is from a Caterpillar family, so she has grown up in multiple cities and states. However, she considers Peoria as her home since she has spent the most time growing up in the area. Her huge passion and interest is in animals, which is why she spent her college years attending and then graduating from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s of Zoology.
Dana and her husband met while she attended Dunlap High School, but they never dated. Funny thing, she remembered him from high school but he didn’t remember her! They reconnected online through a mutual friend when he was in the Marines and the rest is history! They were married and after her husband had completed his duty serving his time as a Marine, they decided to move back to where he considered home in Tampa, Florida. They have no human children but one fur baby: a loveable boxer named Jax! Unfortunately Jax has a torn cruciate ligament in his hind leg, but once he was given the diagnoses and Dana saw his x-rays, she knew she wanted to become a veterinary technician. So Dana went back to school and took a semester of school at Hillsborough Community College.
Due to family circumstances, Dana and her husband had to move back to the Peoria area so she had to drop out of the school. Dana is however still planning to become certified as a veterinary technician and hopefully pass on her receptionist role to another! She is so excited to further her career with Prairie Animal Hospital and look forward to a bright future! Dana's hobbies are reading, browsing Netflix with her husband, and of course play and cuddle with her fur baby Jax!
This is by far the best animal hospital I have ever seen. I have two cats and they have been to many vet's before I took them here. Everyone here is very nice, and one of my cats, who is very jumpy around new things, sat calmly during her exam and didn't try jumping on everything in the room.
The staff is super welcoming! Dr. Rachel is also very personable, which makes everything feel more comfortable.
Dr. Kuhn and the rest of the PAH team are absolutely astounding. Had to have my cairn terrier boarded for a couple days on very short notice and they took amazing care of her. Would recommend to anyone.
SO impressed. The doctor and staff went out of their way to make my big dog (who has social issues) feel comfortable. They were caring, compassionate, knowledgeable, and prompt. I couldn't ask for better. We have to drive a bit to get to the facility, but it is well worth it. HIGHLY recommend!!