DVM Graduate Profiles

DVM Graduate Profiles

DVM Graduate Profiles: Matthew Van Winkle


Matt Van Winkle

Just a few weeks post-graduation, you may have encountered Matthew Van Winkle working at his first choice career at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic in Burlington, Washington. “It’s a mixed animal practice, so I’ll be working with small animals, small ruminants, a large animal on-call service, and exotics, which is one of my main interests,” says Matt. Matt first fell in love with Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic when he did his preceptorship there during his fourth year. “It was a fantastic experience,” he says. Matt’s other fourth year rotations helped him gain the skills he needed to feel confident during his time at Chuckanut. The exotics rotation at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital provided Matt the opportunity to work with geese, chickens, snakes, turtles, and a cockatiel who took quite a shine to him. Other influential rotations Matt mentions include the agricultural animal rotation and the rotation at the Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman. “I was able to become really competent at various surgeries, especially spays and neuters,” he says.  When asked what he was looking forward to most at his new job, Matt commented that he was really excited to work with the great team and staff who contribute to the welcoming atmosphere for which Chuckanut is famous. Beginning in the summer of 2016, that team included not only Matt, but fellow 2016 WSU graduate, Jacob Brandvold.  If Matt had one piece of advice for prospective veterinary students on looking for jobs, it would be, “Worry less – as I started looking for jobs, more and more would start to appear.” Matt was eager to move to the Burlington area with his two cats, Arnie and Princess, and to dive into his dream job, less than a month after graduation.