Featured Students

Featured Students

Student Success: Elena Combs


Elena Combs with horse

Elena Combs (’19 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with a passion for large animal medicine. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Elena’s interest in veterinary medicine began with a love of science and her first horse Maybelle. She pursued this interest by getting a bachelor’s degree in animal science at Montana State University in 2015. While at MSU, Elena reconnected with her family’s beef production background. Elena enjoys experiencing new things and had the opportunity to travel to South Africa to experience the culture and work alongside a veterinarian for three weeks. Elena was accepted into the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine and completed her first year of veterinary school in Bozeman, Montana. Elena is currently a member of the Theriogenology Club and Agricultural Animal Club. She is the treasurer of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and is co/vice president for the class of 2019 student council. Following graduation, Elena plans to do an internship in large animal medicine. She has interests in large animal internal medicine and theriogenology and is excited about the many possibilities veterinary medicine has to offer. Elena hopes to return to Montana to work as a large animal veterinarian, predominantly equine and bovine. Elena enjoys horseback riding, hunting, fishing, hiking and working out. She also enjoys playing with her miniature dachshund Maycee.