Slide Passionate Animal Lovers Who happen to be the best writers in the industry. Passionate Animal Lovers Who happen to be the best writers in the industry.

Influencers. Veterinarians. Technicians.
The team at Rumpus Writing and Editing is focused on a singular goal: spreading your message.

Sarah Rumple

Sarah Rumple

Owner / Chief Creative Officer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“What didn’t I want to be? Journalist, veterinarian, background singer for Eric Clapton…”

How she ended up here
Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Colorado. She has been a veterinary writer and editor since 2011, when she was hired as a copywriter for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Sarah started Rumpus Writing and Editing in 2016.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“Veterinary medicine is a profession full of people working toward the same goal: improving the lives of animals and the people who care for them. And, there are so many ways to contribute toward that goal, whether you decide to work in practice or you decide to support the profession in another capacity. The possibilities are endless.”

Why she loves writing
“Words are truly powerful, and I love that we can make a difference for pets, pet owners, and veterinary professionals through words. I also love interviewing people for editorial articles. I grow so much from hearing their stories and perspectives.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Winnie (the neurotic rescued Aussiedoodle who won’t let you stop petting her once you start)
  • Leo (AKA “Diablo Cat” or “Canine Kitty”—the domestic shorthair cat who loves riding in a pet stroller for walks)
  • Karl (…with a K—the rescue dog whose unconditional love and leash pulling are never ending)

What might surprise you about her
“I lost more than 110 pounds in 2003 and have successfully kept it off.”

Angela Beal, DVM

Angela Beal, DVM

Chief Operating Officer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“From doctoring our family cat’s wounds from a wild animal attack, to making oatmeal daily to feed my childhood hamster with missing teeth, I’ve always loved animals and knew I wanted to be a veterinarian.”

How she ended up here
While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in biology, Angela started calling veterinary hospitals in the phone book until she found one to hire her for the summer so she could decide if she really wanted to be a veterinarian. She worked there for two summers before starting veterinary school, and earned her DVM from Ohio State University in 2003. After working as an associate for two years, Angela joined Bradford School as the veterinary technician program director, building the program from the ground up. In 2018, Angela was the second freelance writer to join Rumpus Writing and Editing.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love the medical aspect of veterinary medicine. I love understanding the body’s anatomy and physiology, and how pharmacology has been developed to manipulate it to treat disease.”

Why she loves writing
“I love trying to find the perfect words to describe something or convey an image.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Yogi (the Chihuahua-mix rescue who converted Angela from a big-dog lover into a small-dog champion for life)
  • Crackie (yes, Crackie… the Maine coon cat who was named by Angela’s babysitter’s young daughter as the stray shivered on their front porch until Angela’s husband rescued him on a cold winter night)

What might surprise you about her
“I love cheesy horror movies, especially if they are about sharks or other animals, like giant snakes, gators, or piranhas.”

Paulette Senior

Paulette Senior

Editor

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“A pilot, but women could not be pilots back then. Then, I tried to be a flight attendant—I wanted to travel—but I was too short. It’s neat that my older son is a pilot.”

How she ended up here
When Paulette was first married and was attending journalism school, she worked as a secretary at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Melbourne, Australia, where her husband was a veterinary student. She eventually earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. For the next 20-plus years, Paulette worked as an editor for a small daily paper, a large daily paper, and a financial paper. She also reported business news for the local NPR radio station and did freelance work for various veterinary schools. In 2014, Paulette was offered an editing position with Brief Media and Veterinary Team Brief, and she joined Rumpus Writing and Editing in 2019.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“Most veterinary professionals are in the field because they want to improve the lives of animals, and not for the money.”

Why she loves editing
“I love being able to take someone’s good work and—hopefully—make it clearer and better.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Emmitt (the 18-year-old cat who was rescued from a bird’s nest high in a tree as a kitten and is using every one of his nine lives, despite cancer and kidney failure)

What might surprise you about her
“My husband and I vacationed in Lesotho a couple of years ago. They seldom get tourists, and I have never met another person who has been there.”

Melissa Murray, RVT

Melissa Murray, RVT

Senior Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“I’ve always wanted to work with animals in some form, whether it was as a rancher, farmer, veterinarian, or animal shelter caretaker.”

How she ended up here
While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Purdue University with the goal of eventually working in a publishing house, Melissa got a job working as an assistant at an emergency veterinary hospital on campus and never looked back. She earned her bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology from Purdue and became a registered veterinary technologist. She works for a rural, one-doctor practice in Indiana, where she writes all client education materials. Melissa was the first freelance writer to join Rumpus Writing and Editing in 2018.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love the science behind the medicine and figuring out how to help animals live healthy, happy lives. There’s so much we can do for pain, nutrition, and mental enrichment.”

Why she loves writing
“Client education is one of my favorite aspects of my job. Many pet owners are confused about conflicting information on Google or Facebook, and I enjoy educating them to help keep their pets healthy.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Sierra (an exceptionally intense border collie-heeler mix who won Melissa’s heart with her speckles in a Walmart parking lot)
  • Sampson (a goofy mutt who exists solely for the undivided attention of humans)

What might surprise you about her
“I have crooked pinkies.”

Jenny Alonge, DVM

Jenny Alonge, DVM

Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“I grew up on a farm in central Mississippi. We had an array of animals, and I always knew that taking care of them was my job. I never considered any other profession than veterinary medicine.”

How she ended up here
Jenny completed undergraduate and veterinary school at Mississippi State University, and then went on to an equine medicine and surgery internship at Louisiana State University. She next landed in Northern Virginia, where she practiced as an equine ambulatory veterinarian for 16 years. After deciding to leave practice in search of more creative pursuits, Jenny joined Rumpus as a full-time writer in April 2021.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“There are so many interesting aspects to veterinary medicine! It merges science with ministering to all kinds of special creatures. The many differences between various unique species are truly fascinating, and I find the ability to help these animals live a healthy and happy life fulfilling.”

Why she loves writing
“Words are extremely versatile. They can evoke everything from laughter to tears. They can convey information, love, hate, and compassion. To be able to craft words in the right way to deliver the intended message is very powerful.”

Who her fuzzy family members are

  • Casey (the 16 year old princess cat who owns the house, but allows her humans to continue to stay in residence as long as they adhere to her many demands)

What might surprise you about her
She has a little obsession with Italy and has been trying to learn Italian—albeit not very successfully—during the past year.

Jaime Bast, RVT, CCRP, KPA-CTP

Jaime Bast, RVT, CCRP, KPA-CTP

Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“Growing up, my two greatest passions were animals and writing stories. On any given day, I could have told you I would be a writer or a veterinarian/dog trainer. I am proud that I have stayed close to those youthful dreams, and found a way to combine them.”

How she ended up here
Jaime earned a bachelor of arts degree in theatre and English from Saint Louis University in 2008, but her love of dogs drew her to a local veterinary technology program. She earned an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology, and became a registered veterinary technician in 2012. She has worked in a range of hospitals, from a one-doctor practice to a large specialty and referral hospital, where she was a surgery technician. Jaime became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee in 2017, and a professional certified training partner through the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP) for animal training and behavior in 2018.

Jaime began exploring copywriting as a potential side business in 2020, and left the grind of tech life to find a fresh way to use her talents and education. Shejoined Rumpus as a full-time writer in 2021, and hasn’t looked back.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love to know the ‘reasons why,’ and I adore the academic challenge of medicine. I am a perpetual student and am always in pursuit of learning—especially if it involves animals! Providing highly skilled nursing care to patients and witnessing the beautiful bond between pets and their owners is emotionally rewarding.”

Why she loves writing
“I experience the world through words. Sometimes I am not sure how I feel about something until I write about it. I am quiet by nature. I am an observer. I don’t immediately have a ‘take’ on every situation. Writing allows me to process and develop my perspective—like an old photograph—through exploring a topic or scenario. The versatility of the written word allows me to simultaneously be a student, teacher, and artist.”

Who her fuzzy family members are

  • Tutti Fruitti (the spirited and silly black and tan cocker spaniel who is Jaime’s constant sidekick, and is enjoying training for obedience and musical freestyle after an injury ended her promising agility career)

What might surprise you about her
“While writing a play in college about an animal rights activist, I decided to avoid eating meat until I finished the script. I completed the play, and while I am by no means as radical as my main character, the dietary choice stuck! I have been a vegetarian since 2006.”

Jane Costa, DVM

Jane Costa, DVM

Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“This varied over the years, but there is one career that sticks out in my memory. As a third grader, I wanted to be a professional horse jockey.”

How she ended up here
Jane began working as a veterinary assistant in 2006, and worked as an assistant in some capacity while studying for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She earned her DVM from St. George’s University in 2017 and has worked as a small-animal veterinarian since. Jane joined Rumpus Writing and Editing in 2019.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love having a problem to solve, and I love educating clients.”

Why she loves writing
“I love the creative outlet that writing gives me and that I can do it anywhere and at any time. I also love that I’m constantly learning something new.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Mango (Jane’s little Caribbean street dog who always finds the sunniest spot in the house to lounge)

What might surprise you about her
“I used to be a ballet dancer and still try to keep up on my technique.”

Jennifer Hahs, DVM

Jennifer Hahs, DVM

Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“When I thought about work, the only job I could ever imagine was being a veterinarian. I also dreamed of being a fiction writer and poet.”

How she ended up here
Jennifer grew up in a homesteading family taking care of just about every type of animal. She also wrote a lot—especially about animals and their people. She studied biology and English at The University of the South in Sewanee, and earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The University of Tennessee. While in veterinary practice, Jennifer earned a master’s degree in English. She has written for many animal health companies through the years, and joined Rumpus Writing in 2020.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“People who care for animals are the best people in the world. And working with animals is the best job in the world.”

Why she loves writing
“My favorite professor at Sewanee told us that writing ‘hones the skills of the heart.’” That’s why I love it, whether I am conveying a pet’s wonderful life story or a complex medical situation.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Stampy (the three-legged cat who runs faster and climbs higher than any four-legged cat ever could)

What might surprise you about her
“Our family farm was a grade B goat dairy, and I worked summers at the locally-owned gourmet goat cheese plant.” 

Juli Goldstein, DVM

Juli Goldstein, DVM

Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“One of my first childhood memories was riding in the car to take my older German Shepherd, King, to be euthanized. That day, I dedicated my life to becoming a veterinarian so no other animals would be put to sleep. Although this was not realistic, it led to my caring for any critter that came my way, from backyard lizards to family pets.”

How she ended up here
Juli began volunteering at veterinary hospitals and animal shelters as a nine-year-old to learn, observe, and participate in all aspects of veterinary medicine and animal care. Her added passion for wildlife, especially marine animals, led her to obtain a bachelors of science degree in zoology from Auburn University. Juli is a distinguished graduate from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, with over a decade of medical experience, and a concentration in marine wildlife. Her work with whales, dolphins, sharks and fish has taken her across North America, and around the world. She has written and published many papers in various scientific journals. Combining her passions for writing and medicine, she joined the Rumpus team as a freelance writer in 2020. 

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love the diverse experiences a veterinary degree can provide. Obtaining my DVM has allowed me to travel the world working on dolphins and whales, but also people’s pet dogs and cats.”

Why she loves writing
“Since I was young, writing has always been one of my passions. In addition to becoming a veterinarian, one of my childhood dreams was to be a professional writer, and write books about animals.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Aubie (the tabby cat who was rescued by Juli after being thrown from a car, and is named after the Auburn University mascot) 
  • Myles (the cat Julie rescued from a hollow tree during a run, then ran four miles in the pouring rain to give him a new home)

What might surprise you about her
“I am an avid runner, with a specialty in ultramarathons. Besides many marathons, I have run 50- and 100-mile races, including a 150-kilometer survival race through the Amazon jungle. I have also won multiple beauty pageants, and hold the lifetime title of Ms. USA Petite.”

Karen Rowley

Karen Rowley

Editor

What she wanted to be when she grew up
For the longest time, I thought I wanted to be a nurse. My father was a doctor—a neurologist—and I liked the fact that he was helping people. I wasn’t really interested in becoming a doctor, but nursing appealed to me. And my interest grew when I stumbled across the Cherry Ames mystery series of books. She was a nurse and all of the stories took place in a hospital setting. It just seemed really cool to me. My father finally took me with him to the hospital one day and let me sit at the nurses’ station to see what nursing was like in real life, and that pretty much disabused me of all of my romantic notions.

How she ended up here
Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked for newspapers in North Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana. After 20 years in the industry, she went back to school and earned a master’s degree in mass communication and a Ph.D. in media and public affairs from Louisiana State University. When she finished at LSU, she went to work as a public policy researcher for a nonpartisan, good government advocacy group in Baton Rouge and then became the Senior Communications Manager for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office in 2016. She joined Rumpus Writing and Editing as a part-time editor in 2021.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
I have great admiration for veterinary professionals and the heart and soul they pour into helping people keep their pets healthy and happy.

Why she loves editing
I like the precision that good editing requires; I like the variety of knowledge that good editing requires; and I like the ability to take any piece of writing and help make it better.

Who her furry family members are
I don’t have any furry family members of my own at the moment, but I am an “aunt” to several dogs, including Patsy Cline (in the picture), a rescue pup who belongs to good friends of mine.

What might surprise you about her
I played the violin through high school before finally accepting the fact that I just wasn’t that good. But I still love to listen to the masters play classical violin pieces.

Emily Yocom

Emily Yocom

Administrative Assistant

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“A veterinarian?”

How she ended up here
A lifelong animal lover, Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in biology. She was hired as a client service representative at a veterinary hospital in 2012, and has worked as a client service manager for a large emergency/specialty referral hospital. She now works for a practice in Denver, and she joined Rumpus Writing and Editing in 2019 when her sister, the owner of the company, asked her to take on some of the administrative duties in her spare time.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love that we are helping to educate pet owners about pet health. I also enjoy meeting all the different pets and their owners, and developing relationships with them. ”

Why she loves writing
“I don’t love anything about writing. I’m not good at it. That’s why I was hired as the administrative assistant, not a writer.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Molly (the shih tzu who stole Emily’s heart and made her loyal to the breed)
  • Annie (Emily’s second shih tzu, who nearly lost an eye before being rescued by Emily)

What might surprise you about her
“I completed my college internship at the Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield, Illinois.”

Rachelle Menn

Rachelle Menn

Marketing Manager

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“When I was in first grade, we were asked to draw ourselves as adults. I drew myself winning a marathon at 100 years old. At 26, I’m lucky if I can run down the hall—usually toward food. But who knows, maybe I’ll run a total of 26.2 miles by the time I’m 100.”

How she ended up here
Rachelle completed her studies in the UK, where she received a bachelor of arts degree in english literature and a master of science degree in computational and data journalism, while taking writing and editing gigs on the side. After moving back to Seattle, she received a certificate in technical writing before heading the marketing department for a veterinary software company, then switching to full-time freelance work.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“This is a little embarrassing to admit, especially in this crowd, but before 2019, I only liked animals from a distance. Then, my family got a dog and my whole life changed. Thankfully, Yozhka came into my life about six months before I started working in the veterinary industry. My ever-growing love for pets makes it that much easier to appreciate this industry and the people that keep it running. I am in awe of the commitment and emotional sacrifices veterinary professionals make on a daily basis. I’m so happy I’m able to support this industry, even if it is only through my words.”

Why she loves writing
“For the longest time, I thought I didn’t like writing. I wanted to be an editor because I loved the challenge of turning words into effective content. But as time went on, I realized the same can be said about writing. I love crafting a voice that conveys information, tells a story, and stirs emotions through words that resonate with an audience.  Doing that successfully is the best feeling in the world.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Yozhka (the alarmingly intelligent miniature/toy poodle who is named “hedgehog” in Russian, because that’s exactly what she looked like as a puppy)

What might surprise you about her
“Russian was my first language.”