Student Success: Kevin Gavin
Kevin Gavin (’15 BS, ’18 DVM) is a second year veterinary student at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine with an interest in food animal medicine. He grew up in North Bend, Washington, and began working on a 350-cow dairy during his senior year of high school. This experience sparked his interest in dairy, and showed him the impact of nutrition on the health of dairy cattle and their production in terms of cheese components. During his undergraduate studies, Kevin held officer positions in the Dairy Club and for the Cooperative University Dairy Students (CUDS), the student-managed and operated herd that provides milk for Cougar Gold® Cheese. In 2013 he attended the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium where he was valedictorian. He was a member of the national winning teams for the 2013 American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) quiz bowl and the 2015 American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) quiz bowl. Kevin has interned with Alta Genetics and the Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program. His recent Honors thesis studying the effects of calfhood diseases on 305ME received Pass with Excellence. In his free time, Kevin enjoys geocaching in the mountains with his girlfriend, spending weekends in the dairy-filled Yakima Valley, watching the Cougars and Seahawks, expanding his knowledge of DairyComp 305, as well as preparing skeletons and fetuses to supplement his studies.