Animal Science ’00
Rachel Anne Allbaugh is an assistant professor specializing in ophthalmology at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where in 2015 she was honored as the College’s Faculty Member of the Year and her ophthalmology team was recognized as the College’s Service Team of the Year.
Veterinary ophthalmology is an elite and highly specialized field; Allbaugh is one of only 445 ophthalmology boarded veterinarians in North America, and one of just 70 in academic positions. Since 2008 she has been a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and is one of the extremely rare members who passed the College’s three rigorous board examinations on her first attempt. She is highly involved in her professional organization, presenting innovative research at the ACVO’s annual conference, participating on committees and chairing the credentials committee (2016-2019). A lifelong horse lover with extensive professional training and experience in equine health, Allbaugh is also active with the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium; she served as chair of the program committee for multiple years and was recently elected to the board of directors (2016-2019).
Allbaugh returned to her alma mater in 2011 after three years as a faculty member at Kansas State University, where she received extensive media attention for performing successful cataract surgery on a beloved rescue horse and was a celebrated mentor to veterinary medicine students, interns, and ophthalmology residents – a role she continues today at ISU. To date, five of her former residents from both institutions have successfully passed their ACVO board examinations under Allbaugh’s tutelage.
Allbaugh is a member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the functioning board president for the Sunset Creek Estates Homeowners’ Association. She and her husband, Travis Naber (’00 mech engr), are members of the Cyclone Club and are the proud parents of two children: Austin and Hannah.
She is a life member of the ISU Alumni Association.
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