Student Success: Brigitte Butler
Brigitte Butler (’20 DVM), a second-year veterinary student at Washington State University, is currently interested in small animal medicine. While she is originally from Washington, she attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree and spent a year working in downtown Chicago at a small animal clinic. She first realized her passion for animals while on a trip to Tijuana, Mexico where she built houses for impoverished families. While all of her friends played with the local children, she packed extra sandwiches for the stray dogs. While at Michigan, Brigitte realized her love for animals could become a career, so she pursued a biology degree and applied to veterinary school. Brigitte ultimately decided on WSU while shadowing Dr. Parish in the large animal barn at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and found that the dedication to education and sense of community at WSU was what would make her a successful veterinarian. Brigitte is the Vice President of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) and planned the first WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Wellness Week for the CVM student body. She also works as an assistant in the Small Animal Intensive Care Unit at the VTH and received the Ron and Sheila Pera Scholarship Award in 2017. When she graduates in 2020, she hopes to work in a small animal practice to gain experience and expertise and then eventually hopes to start her own practice. In her spare time, she likes to workout at Pullman Crossfit, train for marathons, and cook.