Student Success: Kayela Rushing
Kayela Rushing (’12 BS, ’17 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in small animal medicine. Originally from Wenatchee, Washington, she moved to Pullman in 2008. At WSU she earned her B.S. degrees in zoology and animal sciences. Kayela is deeply community service oriented and as a student on the Pullman campus she was active as a Residence Hall Association (RHA) council member and as a sophomore she presided as the state president of a philanthropy organization called the International Order of the Rainbow for girls. The servant leadership philosophy that is created at WSU was the driving reason that brought her to the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. The faculty and staff at WSU CVM go above and beyond to promote a constructive yet challenging learning environment that allows students to build confidence as they progress through their veterinary education. WSU CVM also provides the Cougar Orientation Leadership Experience (COLE) where students are encouraged to work together and grow as individuals as well as intellectuals. She became a COLE mentor to give to others the same positive experiences she had as a first year student. She is scheduled to graduate May 2017 and looks forward to entering general practice where she can give back and help educate her community.