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Student Success: Nashua Compton


Nashua Compton (WA)

Aspirations of kicking a winning goal in the world cup first filled third year Nashua Compton’s (’17 DVM) hopes when he entered into college. However, after numerous fascinating science and math classes and two torn ACLs, his sights began to focus on medicine. It took three years of college and an exploration of more than five different career paths before veterinary medicine finally came into focus.  Growing up on Whidbey Island, Nashua raised a number of farm animals from the traditional ducks, chickens, and occasional pig, to even nursing a great horned owl with a broken wing back to health. With the guidance of his home veterinarian, Nashua finally found the perfect mix of his passions. After receiving his B.S. in biology in 2009, he worked for two years in a beagle research colony where he gained his certification as a laboratory animal technician and then worked at an emergency clinic for another year as an overnight lead technician before entering into the WSU veterinary program.

Currently Nashua is the SCAVMA President-Elect, a COLE Mentor, and a TA for the Clinical Simulation Center. During his free time he enjoys playing soccer and participating in intense board game nights with friends and is well known for his baking prowess around the school. After graduating, Nashua hopes to pursue the path to board certification in small animal surgery and then returning to the academic world to become a professor.