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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

  • Jack (the miniature schnauzer who barks incessantly and was Sarah’s “first-born baby”)
  • 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.”

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

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.”

Angela Beal, DVM

Angela Beal, DVM

Writer

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.”

Erin Scott, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Erin Scott, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“My mom told me that I never focused on a career, I just really loved animals and books as a child. Looks like I nailed it, Little Erin!”

How she ended up here
Erin started her career in veterinary medicine at the age of 14 as a volunteer at her local veterinary clinic. As an adult, Erin tested several career possibilities while in community college, and ultimately decided to get her veterinary technician degree to have a job while she “figured things out.” What she actually figured out was how much she enjoyed veterinary medicine. Erin became a veterinary technician specialist in emergency and critical care in 2016, and she joined Rumpus Writing and Editing in 2019.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love learning, and there’s always something new to learn in veterinary medicine. Hands down, the best part of my job is that the more I know, the more animals I can help, and the more human-animal bonds I can positively affect.”

Why she loves writing
“Writing is my creative outlet. I can’t draw or paint, and I was never talented enough at music to pursue it seriously. I am a perfectionist by nature, and writing allows me the opportunity to refine something until I’m happy with it.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Kevin (an asparagus-addicted, Labrador-in-a-cat’s-body, stream-of-consciousness chatterbox)
  • Katie (the beautiful, sweet, and tolerant horse who is also vain and must be constantly told how pretty she is)

What might surprise you about her
“I enjoy hard rock and heavy metal music.”

Cheyanne Flerx

Cheyanne Flerx

Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“I always wanted to be an artist or a veterinarian.”

How she ended up here
Cheyanne earned her bachelor’s degree in natural science and mathematics. In 2015, she began working as a veterinary assistant and was promoted to marketing manager for the practice in 2017. Cheyanne joined Rumpus Writing and Editing in 2019.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love seeing and connecting with people who share a passion for the industry and for pets.”

Why she loves writing
“I love being able to express myself and using my voice to reach others in a different medium.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Rhodie (the Lab-mix nicknamed “Beluga” because of her white coat and love of the water)
  • Axel (Cheyanne’s “soul dog” who did AKC shows with her through high school)
  • Tess (the leader of the pack, and Cheyanne’s gregarious female basset, who is also known as “Miss Bossy Pants”)
  • Mushu (Grumpy Cat’s long-lost twin, “Mushu Pork” is loyal only to Cheyanne)

What might surprise you about her
“I love watching Japanese TV and movies.”

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.”

Kim Smyth, DVM

Kim Smyth, DVM

Writer

What she wanted to be when she grew up
“As a child, I wanted to be a veterinarian, of course! I even ‘rescued’ a frog from the great outdoors and kept him as my own with name of ‘Baby Frog.’ When I was in third grade, my dog was hit and killed by a car, and I decided that I wouldn’t be able to handle animal death and shifted gears toward marine biology.”

How she ended up here
After earning her bachelor’s degree in marine science from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina, Kim searched for a job as a veterinary assistant to learn more about the field, and she loved it. She earned her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2004, and joined Rumpus Writing and Editing in 2019.

Why she loves veterinary medicine
“I love being able to help animals in need. Sometimes they need me to cure them, sometimes they need me to train them, and sometimes they need me to help them transition peacefully into death. I’m honored to help them with the things they can’t do for themselves.”

Why she loves writing
“I love writing because it almost always involves educating owners about subjects they may not have known about prior to reading my work. Any time I can make a positive impact on an owner, I know that I have also made a positive impact on a pet.”

Who her furry family members are

  • Charlie (who was Kim’s first cat spay in vet school)
  • Dottie (a hound who used to live with 37 other dogs in a small outdoor cage)

What might surprise you about her
“I’ve been a vegetarian for 25 years.”

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.”