Featured Students

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Student Success: Rachel Shutter


Rachel Shutter (WY)

Rachel Shutter (’16 DVM) is a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in equine and food animal medicine. Growing up on a large bison ranch in Wyoming, Rachel found a passion for production medicine early on. Rachel’s unique background has opened up many opportunities over the years, including managing and training a herd of dromedary camels. Her experiences growing up have given her life skills she uses every day in veterinary school- a good work ethic, determination, and the ability to adapt to new situations.

Rachel graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 with a B.S. in microbiology before moving to Washington for veterinary school. While at WSU, she has become involved in many clubs and activities. She was the 2014 President of WSU’s Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and is constantly involved in program-wide activities. Rachel has also found an interest in theriogenology and has had the opportunity to work on several theriogenology research projects. One of her abstracts placed second out of 37 abstracts submitted to the Rain’s Memorial Abstract Competition at the 2014 Society for Theriogenology (SFT) Conference in Portland, Oregon. Excitingly, another abstract was recently selected to be presented at the 2015 SFT Conference in San Antonia, Texas in August. Outside of veterinary school, Rachel enjoys hiking, fishing, cheering on the Wyoming Cowboys (GO POKES!), riding her mare, and playing with her two crazy dogs, Shadow and Zeus.