Integrative Veterinary Medicine at WSU
Casey Drummond had an exciting start to her fourth year at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine as the first student in the brand new Integrative Veterinary Medicine (IVM) rotation. “It was really a pleasure to be the first student to go through this rotation,” says Casey. “The IVM rotation was a great way to see a variety of medical and surgical cases, get an understanding of how they were treated in their services, and how their progress could be followed up on to give these patients the most beneficial outcomes following their treatment.”
While WSU/WIMU students have had some exposure to physical rehabilitation in other electives, this is the first year where a rotation dedicated to a variety of therapeutic integrative and rehabilitative opportunities has been offered. Dr. Jessica Bunch, one of the clinical instructors for the IVM rotation, describes the opportunities this rotation provides in depth. “Students are involved in the treatment and management of a variety of small animal patient cases using physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, and pain management. They are exposed to various treatment modalities including underwater treadmill, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, exercises, manual therapies, massage, therapeutic laser, acupuncture, supplements, and analgesics."
The IVM rotation has given Casey a more comprehensive understanding of a variety of cases. “This was particularly good for helping me see that most cases don’t stop once you reach a diagnosis or have closed up a surgery,” Drummond points out. “I think this rotation will make me a better practitioner by giving me an idea of what sort of things I can assess in my future patients to make sure their treatment is heading in a positive direction.” The hands-on training Casey received on this rotation also made a big impact. “Dr. Bunch did an amazing job of taking her advanced training and condensing it to a teachable amount of material that I was able to see and actively apply during this rotation. By the end of the 2 weeks I was noticing subtleties in musculature and movement on my physical exams that I’d never appreciated before."
After graduation Casey, who recently completed her acupuncture certification, hopes to work in a practice where she can apply this skill set. Dr. Bunch looks forward to working with more WSU/WIMU students in the future. “I love their enthusiasm, especially for learning new therapies and techniques they can use to benefit their future patients. I am excited to give them the opportunity to explore additional options for treating their patients as well as hopefully adding valuable knowledge and tools to guide them to the best care they can provide.”
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