"As far back as I can remember I have always wanted to be a veterinarian. Growing up my family only had one dog (a golden retriever named Sandy) and one cat (an orange tabby named Tiger). Of course with time this grew to include a few more cats, some guinea pigs, a rabbit, 3 horses (which we still have today!), and even an iguana and a tarantula (no those were not mine!). Looking back on all of the animals that have impacted my life I realize that they have each helped me find this calling at a young age. When I turned sixteen I began working for our family veterinarian at North Fork Animal Hospital and the rest is history. So if you have asked me how long I have been practicing veterinary medicine, now you see why I may say "it seems like forever" but I wouldn't have it any other way!"
Dr. Hansen is a 2012 graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Rebecca grew up on the North Fork of Long Island, NY but has made North Carolina her home since her move south in 2006. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in 2003. Prior to veterinary school, Rebecca worked at the Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab on Plum Island, NY for two years followed by another two years of research in immunology with NC State University’s Department of Microbiology. Dr. Hansen enjoys working with all species of animals. She is especially interested in equine reproduction and dentistry as well as small animal medicine and surgery. Rebecca lives in Clayton with her two horses (Laura and Bucky) and three border collie mixed breed dogs (Pepper, Little Bit, & Annabelle). Rebecca’s hobbies include line dancing, riding horses, and hiking with her dogs.