Student Success: Zach Warmenhoven
Zach Warmenhoven (’13 BS ’17 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in biomedical research. Zach, originally from Kettle Falls, Washington, spent time as both a Persian linguist in the US Air Force and a commercial fishing boat captain in Alaska before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. While finishing a bachelor’s in animal sciences, Zach began working in WSU’s Equine Surgery Department as an emergency veterinary technician his year before matriculating into the College of Veterinary Medicine. Working in the hospital, he garnered experience and skills that are serving him now in his studies. Shortly into his first year of the veterinary program he began working in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Harding, assisting in research projects aimed at developing novel treatments for debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Compelled by the science and groundbreaking work of the laboratory, Zach has since begun leading investigations in animal models into the treatment of multiple sclerosis. His goal is to use his education in veterinary medicine and experience in the laboratory to serve as a liaison between scientists’ novel ideas for treating devastating diseases and the animal models upon which they are developed. Zach, with his wife and son, are fond of the seasonally scenic landscape that the Palouse offers and pleased with the family friendly environment that WSU provides. Zach hopes to remain in Pullman for a period after graduating from the DVM program in order to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.