On a Mission...

to provide quality, compassionate, affordable veterinary care to pet rescues, humane societies, and other non-profit animal welfare organizations throughout Whatcom and Skagit Counties  in Washington State.


Dr. Monroe graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with her DVM degree in 1993. Since graduating she has worked as a veterinarian in private practice in Michigan, New Mexico, and Washington. and as a shelter veterinarian in Washington. Dr. Monroe formerly co-owned Maplewood Animal Hospital. She enjoys general and diagnostic medicine, soft tissue surgery, and has a special interest in ferrets.


Dr. Monroe resides with her family on a small hobby farm in Ferndale, WA.  Her “herd” of pets includes dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, horses, goats, pigeons, ducks, chickens, and a goose. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Monroe enjoys spending time with her horses, attending Seattle Seahawk football games, Michigan State, Central Washington, and Washington State athletics, being her son's number one fan in his college football career, and supporting both of her children in their college journeys.



In 1999 Dr. Monroe was asked if she would “help out” at the Whatcom Humane Society (WHS) in Bellingham, WA.  Having never given much thought to shelter and rescue medicine she felt this would be an excellent opportunity to further her education as a veterinarian and give back to the community.  Little did she realize how much she would absolutely love her time at WHS.   Dr. Monroe provided veterinary services to the Whatcom Humane Society for six years and helped in developing the WHS veterinary program that is still providing services today.  Being a shelter veterinarian remains the most rewarding work of her career.  Life changes dictated that Dr. Monroe would have to leave her position at WHS in 2006 but the passion of shelter medicine has always been with her.  Even in private practice, Dr. Monroe has always made every effort to make herself available to support and help at WHS and other local animal rescues.  In 2018 Dr. Monroe decided she wanted to start the journey of fulfilling her passion of providing quality, compassionate, and affordable care to non-profit animal welfare organizations.  She felt she could do this with a full service mobile veterinary unit that would allow her to take her services where they are needed. In February 2019 Dr. Monroe began her journey on the road with the rescue pet vet trailer. In August of 2019, Dr. Monroe retired after 26 years in private practice and now devotes her time solely to Rescue Pet Vet.

The Trailer

The Rescue Pet Vet trailer is a 20 ft. custom, full service, veterinary trailer that is equipped with AC, digital scale, autoclave, stainless steel cages, stainless steel wet sink/exam table, Engler Scale-Aire dental machine, and surgical suite with LED surgical lighting and isoflurane anesthesia.

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tour of the RPV trailer.

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The Journey