Student Success: Julia Vanderford
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.