Featured Students

Featured Students

  • Student Success: Grant Little


    Grant Little

    Grant Little (’19 DVM) is a second 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.




  • Student Success: Jeremy Perera


    Jeremy Perera

    Jeremy Perera (’19 DVM) is a second year veterinary student at Washington State University specializing in small animal medicine. Originally from the University of Nevada, Reno, he grew a passion for working with animals and their owners while employed at a local clinic in the area. He studied biology at Nevada before moving north to Washington State. During his undergraduate career he had a range of professional interests including work with fisheries biologists at the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and he even worked as a batboy for the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league baseball team, the Reno Aces. Jeremy is a WICHE recipient from his home state, an active member of the Veterinary Business Management Association, and is the Class of 2019’s Class Sheriff. He also works as a necropsy technician in the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab on campus. After graduation he plans to practice in his hometown with ambition to one day open his own practice. In his free time Jeremy takes on hobbies including backpacking, fishing, and rock climbing. Although he is still looking to adopt the perfect furry friend, life surrounded by veterinary students has not hindered his amount of canine companions.




  • Student Success: Todd Winzer


    Todd Winzer

    Todd Winzer ('16 DVM) is a fourth year student at WSU, who is working toward becoming a mixed animal veterinarian somewhere in the rural West. Making the decision between pursuing a career as a beef cattle producer and a veterinarian was a hard one for him to make. It was a struggle between the love of ranching and the love of higher learning and discovery. In the end, he decided that being a veterinarian working for cattle producers offered the best of both worlds. The road to veterinary school was somewhat circuitous for Todd. Two colleges, a year deployment to the Middle East with the Uncle Sam, and marriage all aided in shaping his perspective and shifted his decision toward becoming a veterinarian. WSU was the obvious choice for him because he already lived in Pullman and knew that WSU offered a balanced education in both food and companion animals. The application process was difficult for him, because he did not have very much clinical veterinary experience. In preparation for the application cycle, he did make sure to spend half a day per week with a veterinarian in a small town near Pullman. With an interview light on veterinary experience, but heavy on life experiences and community involvement, he was accepted into the WSU veterinary program. One of his favorite parts about WSU is the community atmosphere at school. He has gotten to know many of his professors well, and enjoys dropping by and visiting with them periodically throughout the year. Also, he plays softball, volleyball, and basketball with classmates in Pullman city league teams and WSU intramural teams. Overall, he and his wife thoroughly enjoy their life on The Palouse at Washington State University.




  • Student Success: Zach Warmenhoven


    Zach Warmenhoven (WA)

    Zach Warmenhoven (’13 BS ’17 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in biomedical research. Zach, originally from Kettle Falls, Washington, spent time as both a Persian linguist in the US Air Force and a commercial fishing boat captain in Alaska before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. While finishing a bachelor’s in animal sciences, Zach began working in WSU’s Equine Surgery Department as an emergency veterinary technician his year before matriculating into the College of Veterinary Medicine. Working in the hospital, he garnered experience and skills that are serving him now in his studies. Shortly into his first year of the veterinary program he began working in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Harding, assisting in research projects aimed at developing novel treatments for debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Compelled by the science and groundbreaking work of the laboratory, Zach has since begun leading investigations in animal models into the treatment of multiple sclerosis. His goal is to use his education in veterinary medicine and experience in the laboratory to serve as a liaison between scientists’ novel ideas for treating devastating diseases and the animal models upon which they are developed. Zach, with his wife and son, are fond of the seasonally scenic landscape that the Palouse offers and pleased with the family friendly environment that WSU provides. Zach hopes to remain in Pullman for a period after graduating from the DVM program in order to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.




  • Student Success: Julia Vanderford


    Julia Vanderford (WY) - cow

    Julia Vanderford is a third year veterinary student (’17 DVM) looking forward to pursuing mixed animal practice upon graduation. Splitting her time growing up between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cody, Wyoming, she first discovered her passion for large animal veterinary medicine on a Wyoming ranch. Julia also loves traveling, and uncovered another interest while serving on mission trips to developing countries: global animal health. Coupling this interest with her time at the University of Wyoming as an undergraduate she realized her dream of starting a non-profit organization centered on reducing livestock production bases disparities for under-served areas in rural Africa. At WSU she has served as the treasurer for the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, is the Zoetis student representative, the vice-president for the Christian Veterinary Fellowship Club, and is currently pursuing a professional certificate in global animal health. In 2014, Julia was also the recipient of the Washington State Veterinary Medicine Association Award and while completing the agricultural animal rotation in the summer of 2014 she solidified her desire to include cattle in her future practice. In her off time Julia enjoys hunting, traveling, horseback riding, and spending time with her husband, their Great Pyrenees, Texas, and their cat, Ranger. They plan to name their next animal Walker to complete the full “Walker Texas Ranger” set. Upon graduation Julia plans to return to rural Wyoming to practice mixed animal medicine while also volunteering some of her time to do non-profit veterinary work abroad.




  • Student Success: Matthew Van Winkle


    Matthew VanWinkle

    Matthew Van Winkle ('16 DVM) is a fourth year veterinary student and loves every minute of it. Ever since Matt was young he has been a passionate animal lover like most kids, but his hard love of the sciences really put him on the track of veterinary medicine. Raised in northern California, Matthew attended UC Davis as an undergraduate studying genetics. After graduation he spent the next three years working in a small animal clinic in his home town of San Ramon. During these three years Matt acquired many technical skills and further developed his appreciation for veterinary medicine. Being accepted to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine was the completion of a dream and Matt has truly enjoyed his two years in Pullman. He currently serves in the class council as class Vice President and has also participated as a COLE mentor to meet new members of the incoming class. Though he primarily focuses on small animal medicine, Matt has had the opportunity to expand his interests through his involvement with some of the research laboratories on campus. His time slip employment with the laboratories have allowed him to work with several cattle herds and the wild big horn sheep, and he has learned so much about both cattle and sheep interactions that he is considering incorporating them into his future career aspirations.

    Matthew currently has two cats and will most likely not make it through veterinary school without picking up a dog. In his free time Matt enjoys, hiking, hanging out at the Snake River, catching a movie, or just playing pool with friends. He is a big fan of meeting new people, so if you see him around don't be afraid to say “Hi!”




  • Student Success: Jenny Trice


    Jenny Trice

    Jenny Trice ('15 DVM) hails from a small rural town in western Montana. Jenny calls Montana home but has had the opportunity to live abroad for 8 years, including Indonesia and Malaysia. Veterinary school wasn’t always the plan for Jenny; she started college at the University of Montana majoring in Biology planning to apply to physical therapy school. After several meetings with an onsite veterinarian while working at a Thoroughbred farm, Jenny realized veterinary medicine had been the obvious and natural career choice all along. She transferred to WSU to pursue a B.S. in Animal Science and focus on veterinary school. As an undergraduate at WSU, she began working at the Knott Dairy Center and became involved in other agricultural extracurricular activities. During veterinary school, Jenny has participated in the Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program, Smith Kilborne Program at Plum Island, Agricultural Animal Club’s VSMART program, and is the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Sr. Delegate for WSU CVM. She has also enjoyed being involved in some of the many student organizations including the American Association of Equine Practitioners student chapter, the Society for Theriogenology, and the Agricultural Animal Club. Jenny is looking forward to starting her career in a predominantly dairy practice but also plans to contribute to the dairy industry overseas. She enjoys skiing, swimming, and playing with her dog, Addy.

    Jenny was featured in an article by The Seattle Times about her six-week internship at DeRuyter Brothers Dairy.
    Article: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2018639693_veterinarians09m.html




  • Student Success: Kelsey Stoner


    Kelsey Stoner

    Kelsey Stoner (‘18 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with a passion for equine medicine. Originally from Montana City, Montana, Kelsey’s interest in veterinary medicine began after her horse was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease secondary to a vitamin E and selenium deficiency. As a result of this experience, Kelsey became devoted to furthering her education and teaching the public about equine health and nutrition. Kelsey was a member of 4-H for nine years and was a member of the swine, sheep, rabbit, horse judging, and horse projects. She also had the opportunity to train two horses through the Colt to Maturity project. Kelsey received her bachelor of science degree in animal science from Montana State University in 2014 and was accepted into the WIMU veterinary program where she completed her first year of veterinary school in Bozeman, Montana. As a student at WSU, she is an ambassador and a member of the Theriogenology club. She is also the treasurer of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the co-student/faculty representative for the Class of 2018 student council. Following graduation, she hopes to do an internship at an equine medicine and surgery practice with her ultimate goal to obtain board certification in equine surgery, internal medicine, nutrition, reproduction, or general equine practice. In her time outside of school, Kelsey enjoys showing Quarter Horses, trail riding, singing, tap dancing, cheering on the Seahawks, fly fishing, and backpacking.