Keeping Families Together
Nick Snider ('14 DVM) with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters
Sometimes it takes many bends in the road to get where you are going. For Nick Snider ('14 DVM) he managed a coffee stand, he and his wife, Jennifer, worked as camp counselors, and he went back to school planning to become a biology teacher. But then he took his first virology and zoology classes and he was hooked. He knew his calling was to be a veterinarian.
"It is mentally stimulating and I get to work with people. Not just clients, but also staff," said Snider, a self-described people person. Many go into veterinary medicine because they love to work with animals, but for Nick it was because he also likes to work people. And that goes a long way for being a good veterinarian.
"Working with people is something I always liked. It is a bit of the camp counselor in me," he said.
That love for animals and caring for people made him a natural to receive the "Our Caring Profession Award," which is funded by John Mattoon ('84 DVM) and his wife, Jennifer Mattoon. The recipient is selected by the 4th year class as someone who has sincere compassion and caring for animals and people, excellence in mentoring and serving as a role model, and someone with good judgment and understanding.
"It was a huge honor to be voted as the gentle doctor by my class," said Snider. "It gives me a lot to live up to."
Snider also received the Thomas Montgomery Scholarship three years ago, which is given to non-traditional students with a family, and was the recipient of the Dr. & Mrs. E. Doyle Montgomery Scholarship.
The scholarships helped make it financially possible for him, Jennifer, and their two young daughters to live together in Pullman during his last two years at WSU. He commuted to Spokane during his second year where his wife was a Kindergarten teacher.
"These scholarships are a huge help on an already tight budget," said Snider. "Over the four years even small amounts really add up. They go a long way."
After graduation, he started working at SouthCare Animal Medical Center in Spokane. But one day he hopes to own his own practice.
As for receiving the Our Caring Profession Award, Snider was humbled to be honored by his classmates, and felt it was a special way to finish his final year.
"As classmates we go through a lot together," said Snider. "It was a nice way to end our time there and honor the relationships we built."
Gamera: Friends bid goodbye to well-traveled amputee tortoise
A tortoise that has lived at Washington State University since its leg was amputated will be leaving for a new home. A group of friends said goodbye to Gamera with pumpkin cake and lots of photo ops.
The tortoise’s lost limb was first replaced with a swiveling wheel and now sports a purple hard toy ball. The surgery was done at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
Gamera, who has appeared on the NBC Today Show, will be an ambassador of his species and also for amputees of all makes and sizes (including humans). His new home will have lots of room to roam, with indoor and outdoor enclosures. WSU NEWS ARTICLE | GAMERA'S STORY