Student Success: Lauren Nichols
Lauren Nichols (’12 BS ’16 DVM) is currently a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University with the intent of going into mixed animal private practice. Originally from Toppenish, Washington, Lauren grew up on a small hobby farm with a variety of livestock and companion animals, including horses, goats, sheep, a cow, pigs, dogs, and cats. Her interest in working with animals started at a very young age, along with her love of agriculture and livestock. She showed Duroc pigs for her local 4-H chapter for 10 years and wants to work with future 4-H members as a veterinarian on educating them about their animals. Lauren came to WSU in 2008 and achieved her bachelor’s degree in animal sciences, and was accepted into the WSU DVM program in 2012. In veterinary school, Lauren is an active member of the Theriogenology Club and enjoys learning about reproduction across species and participating in wet labs. She also spends a lot of time in the large animal ward of the hospital helping with cases and participating in the large animal summer internship. Upon graduation, Lauren plans on traveling and eventually settling into private practice in the Yakima Valley. In her spare time, Lauren loves to spend time with her family, travel, fish, garden, read, and hang out with her German Shepherd, Annie.