Rita joined Burke Animal Clinic in the Fall of 2019. Her favorite part of her job is the many furry friends she gets to make. Rita has always had fuzzy, furry childhood pets, Dog and Rapunzel! She tends to gravitate towards the not so furry. As a child, she had a pet snake named Elvis. Snakes are her favorite! They give great hugs. She and her husband are currently the grandpet-parents of their son’s budgies Dinner and Spectre, and their daughter’s hedgehog, Henrietta Eleven.
Rita started working with horses as a young girl in the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto SPURS program where she had the opportunity to ride horses and learn how to care for them. She also taught younger Girl Scouts how to ride during camping trips. She prefers the taste of sweet feed for horses over the taste of regular cat and dog food. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management in 2003 and a degree in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2006 with a concentration in Fire Ecology.
In her spare time, Rita can be found with her husband teaching martial arts, taking her kids to soccer and ice skating lessons, volunteering at comic cons and adding to her extensive Batman collection. Her favorite member of the bat family is Alfred, for his dry sense of humor and quiet steadfast nature.