Featured Students

Featured Students

  • Student Success: Jalise Zumstein


    Jalise Zumstein and her dogs

    Jalise Zumstein (’19 DVM), a third-year veterinary student, has always wanted to pursue a career in small animal emergency and critical care. Originally from Washington State, Jalise took two years off after completing her undergraduate degree in biology at WSU to move to Idaho and explore veterinary medicine opportunities within the government. She spent time working at an emergency clinic and with military working dogs on an air force base before applying to veterinary school. As a student at WSU, she spends most her time working with the transfusion team collecting blood from dog and cat donors to help patients in the ICU. When not busy working Jalise is president of the WSU Chapter of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association where she helps plan, organize and carryout events for the students. When she graduates in 2019, she plans to pursue a rotating small animal internship.




  • Student Success: Chase Staker


    Chase Staker

    Chase Staker (’19 DVM) is a veterinary student at Washington State University with a special interest in large animal medicine. Currently, Chase is in his third year in the veterinary program. Growing up on his family ranch in Idaho, Chase developed an interest and passion for agriculture and has pursued a career in veterinary medicine to be active in and positively contribute to that industry. Chase received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Brigham Young University- Idaho prior to coming to Washington State. To prepare himself for a future in the livestock industry, Chase has spent much of his time as an intern at various large animal veterinary clinics, beef productions, and equine facilities. Chase hopes to someday own his own large animal practice in a community where he and his wife Jami can raise their family in an industry that has brought them so much joy and value.




  • Student Success: Elena Combs


    Elena Combs with horse

    Elena Combs (’19 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with a passion for large animal medicine. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Elena’s interest in veterinary medicine began with a love of science and her first horse Maybelle. She pursued this interest by getting a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Montana State University in 2015. While at MSU, Elena reconnected with her family’s beef production background. Elena enjoys experiencing new things and had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to experience the culture and work alongside a veterinarian for three weeks. Elena was accepted into the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine and completed her first year of veterinary school in Bozeman, Montana. Elena is currently a member of the Theriogenology Club and Agricultural Animal Club. She is the treasurer of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and is co/vice president for the class of 2019 student council. Following graduation, Elena plans to do an internship in large animal medicine. She has interests in large animal internal medicine and theriogenology and is excited about the many possibilities veterinary medicine has to offer. Elena hopes to return to Montana to work as a large animal veterinarian, predominantly equine and bovine. Elena enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing, hiking and working out. She also enjoys playing with her miniature dachshund Maycee.




  • Student Success: Drew Fleischman


    Drew Fleischman

    Drew Fleischman (’19 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at WSU pursuing small animal emergency medicine. A California native, he graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Animal Biology and made the journey to Washington in the fall of 2015 for veterinary school. Since arriving, Drew has enjoyed the Palouse and all the opportunities WSU has to offer. He currently works in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital ICU as a veterinary assistant and as a teaching assistant in the WSU Clinical Simulation Center. When he isn’t on campus, Drew enjoys hiking with his dog Rowdy and watching scary movies with his friends.




  • Student Success: Jenny Lee


    Jenny Lee with Microscope

    Jenny Lee (’19 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with a small animal medicine interest. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Jenny gained an interest in veterinary medicine after volunteering as an adoption counselor and shadowing the shelter veterinarian. The best part of being at the shelter was having the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences such as safe animal handling and post-surgical monitoring. She further pursued her dream by getting a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology and also worked as a veterinary assistant for a year before applying to WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. As a veterinary student, she is involved with Radiology club (Event Coordinator), Veterinary Business Management Association (member) and is also a Nestlé-Purina Student Representative. After she graduates in 2019, she plans to complete a small animal internship before pursuing a radiology residency to further challenge herself. During her free time, she enjoys going for a long walk with her 10-year-old Maltese mix named Kye.




  • Student Success: Jared Oldham


    Jared Oldham WY Sheep

    Jared Oldham (’19 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with special interest in large animal medicine and theriogenology. He is currently a resident of Wyoming, but is originally from New Mexico, specifically the Navajo Nation Indian reservation where his passion for livestock was initiated in his father’s veterinary clinic. His family owns a ranch with 500 commercial cows, 30 horses, 60 show sheep, and recently opened The Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary. He attended Casper College while serving as a Wyoming State FFA officer. Jared then transferred to Kansas State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science. While attending Casper College and Kansas State University Jared participated on their collegiate livestock judging teams. While a veterinarian student at WSU Jared has enjoys being highly active in many clubs including serving as Theriogenology Club President. Jared’s tentative plan is to own a mixed-animal private practice preferably with focus on large animals.




  • Student Success: Sarah Broom


    Sarah Broom with Dog

    Sarah Broom (’19 DVM) is a third year veterinary student interested in small animal neurology and integrative medicine. From a young age, Sarah knew she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinarian, and joining dog 4-H in second grade further sparked her interest in science and animal health. Sarah grew up in western Washington and decided to stay close to home for her undergraduate education, receiving her bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington State University Vancouver. After attending DVM@WSU and touring Pullman as an undergrad with her mom, they both knew that the supportive environment and wonderful education that WSU College of Veterinary Medicine provides was the perfect fit. Sarah enjoys being involved in school-related activities, and is the President of Canine Club, a member of the Holistic and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Clubs, and acts as the Class of 2019 Curriculum Committee Representative. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys spending time with her beloved Basset Hounds and attending dog shows. She is also still involved in the same 4-H club she joined seventeen years ago as a co-Leader during the summers and loves teaching kids about dog training, health, and responsible dog ownership. When she graduates, she plans to complete an internship and residency in neurology, with the goal to return to western Washington to work in a veterinary specialty hospital.




  • Student Success: Grant Little


    Grant Little

    Grant Little (’19 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University, and is pursuing the life of a mixed animal practitioner. Grant grew up in the cornhusker state of Nebraska and always had an appreciation for science, but didn’t know where it would lead him. After witnessing an orthopedic surgery at a small animal clinic, he fell in love with veterinary medicine and chased after it from that point forwards. He graduated from The University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he majored in Biology, before joining the family at WSU. He felt that WSU offered quality interaction with teachers and hands on experience that would shape his foundation as a veterinarian. In addition to the medical education at WSU, Grant is involved with business training in the Veterinary Business Management Association Club and served as an officer throughout his first few years. He hopes to use that training to one day open a mixed animal clinic in the Midwest near his hometown. Grant’s time away from school is spent relaxing with his wife Kayla and their two kids while enjoying movie nights, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and attending WSU football games.




  • Student Success: Zach Damby


    Zach Damby

    Zach Damby (’19 DVM) is a second year veterinary student at Washington State University.  Zach is originally from Lewistown, Montana where his father is currently a mixed animal veterinarian.  He attended his first year of vet school on the Bozeman campus of the WIMU program and received his undergraduate degree in biology from Gonzaga University.  Growing up around the profession, he developed both a strong stomach and a deep-seated respect for the hard but satisfying work of a veterinarian.  He raised sheep as a 4-H project that spanned ten years and formed an affinity for working with them and other small ruminants during that time.  At WSU, he is involved in Theriogenology Club, Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), and is the current vice president of Small Ruminant Club.  Zach enjoys spending his free time in the pursuit of fresh air through skiing, hiking, biking, and running.  He is a proud Zag and member of the coed rec-league intramural flag football team ‘Bearclaw.’




  • Student Success: Jessie Frazier


    Jessie Frazier

    Jessie Frazier Turner (‘19 DVM) is a second year veterinary student interested in mixed animal practice and shelter medicine. Arriving in the veterinary field from a slightly backwards approach, it wasn’t until after completion of her undergraduate degrees that Jessie realized her true ambitions were in veterinary medicine.  Combining her love of animals, interest in medical sciences, and her work and volunteer history, the native Idahoan found nearby WSU’s diverse education and supportive community to be the perfect place to pursue her newly discovered DVM aspirations. Jessie is active in many veterinary clubs, including President-Elect of the Shelter Medicine Club and Secretary of the Dental Club. She also works part-time in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s clinical pathology lab, taking full advantage of the learning opportunities available to WSU’s vet students. When Jessie graduates with her DVM in 2019, she hopes to return to Boise as a mixed animal clinician and regularly volunteer her services to local animal shelters. She hopes to pay forward the wonderful mentorship she received as an aspiring veterinarian to other hopeful Idaho students. Currently Jessie lives in Pullman and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two rescue dogs.