Student Success: Matthew Van Winkle
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!”