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Like a lot of little kids growing up in southwest Idaho, Shawn Sanders (’09 DVM) dreamed of being a cowboy on a ranch. By junior high, he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. After earning his undergraduate degree, WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine seemed like the perfect place to study large animal medicine and earn a DVM.
Growing up, Sanders said his family didn’t have much. Drive and determination to make a better life for his family led him not only to WSU, but to working part-time, and sometimes full-time, all the way through school.
“There were times when I had three or four jobs,” says Sanders. “When one didn’t have enough hours, I’d pick up more from another.” While a DVM student, he worked in various labs cleaning dishes, working with horses, goat and lamb herds, or thoroughbred horses and running them on treadmills. His titles included Farm Animal Tech, Equine Reproduction Manager, and Research Assistant.
“We had to pay our way through school,” says Sanders. “With a family, that was a challenge.” READ MORE
On the Case: 'Mak' the yak gets back
The following article by Josh Babcock with photos by Geoff Crimmins published on Saturday, August 8, 2015 is copyrighted by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Veterinary student Cassie Hoisington, right, and Dr. Ashley Brendenberg work with a yak at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman on Friday. The yak, owned by Lynn Taylor of Athol, Idaho, is being treated for problems with its bladder and urethra.
Eight-year-old Makloud, a 1,100 pound pet yak, came to the Washington State University Veterinary Hospital about a week ago after an unknown blockage in his urethra created a condition that, if left untreated, could have cost the yak his life.
To his owner, Lynn Taylor, Makloud isn't any regular yak.
Taylor owns Taylor Ranch Yaks, one of the larger yak farms in northern Idaho near Athol, where he's raised yaks for 13 years.
He said when Makloud was a calf, his mother died, and he resorted to feeding him with a bottle until he was able to fend for himself. Likely because of that, Makloud would rather be with Taylor than with the rest of the herd.
"Throughout the feeding we just developed a relationship between us, and he would follow me all around the property," Taylor said.
That's when a yak that was supposed to be processed into meat, became Taylor's pet.
But a little more than a week ago, Taylor noticed Makloud was in distress. His friend Diane Carlson, a sheep farmer who had brought animals to WSU in the past, encouraged him to bring Makloud to WSU. READ MORE