Clare Rathjens, DVM
Dr. Rathjens is passionate about helping families have the best goodbye possible. While every appointment is deeply sad, she feels deeply honored to guide dogs and cats and their families through this important transition. She feels that a putting beloved pets to sleep in a calm, thoughtful, and loving manner is one of the most wonderful thing we can do for our fur babies at their end of their lives.
She experienced her first loss at 14 years old when her beloved Caviler King Charles Cavalier had to be rushed through a blizzard to the vet due to worsening heart failure and she held him in her lap while he passed. Even at that time, she felt having a way to let pets go when their bodies are no longer working was so important and was grateful for the compassionate veterinarians who guiding her family through the process.
After practicing general veterinary medicine for a several years, she started Tranquility Vet Services in order to provide a better way for families to say goodbye. She feels that whenever it makes sense (medical urgency, finances, and personality of the family and pet all taken in to account) being at home when you put your dog or cat to sleep is best for everyone.
Dr. Rathjens is a licensed veterinarian in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She received her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University. She is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). She lives in DC with her family, which includes her husband, daughter, and senior beagle-pitbull mix. When not helping pets and their families, Dr. Rathjens cares for her daughter, travels, and tries to keep up with her yoga, crafts, and cooking.