Student Success: Jessica Martin-Harris
Jessica Martin-Harris (’20 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in mixed animal medicine and practice ownership. Born and raised in northern Nevada, Jessica was not always interested in veterinary medicine. The sight of blood used to make her faint until she participated in dissections in high school through FFA. Jessica’s passion continued to grow for medicine as she competed with FFA, worked on a Friesian breeding ranch, and began an internship at a small animal clinic. She then completed her bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno. After graduation, WSU was the perfect choice for veterinary school. The environment at WSU is so welcoming and friendly. The professors and staff are very invested in the students’ learning and take an interest in their future goals. It is great being part of a class that feels like a community as opposed to competing with each other. As a WSU veterinary student, Jessica is involved with or serves as an officer for multiple clubs like Shelter Medicine, Aquatics Club, Veterinary Business Management Association, Small Ruminant Club, and Foal Team. Jessica also participated in the Agriculture Animal Rotation over summer where she gained hands on experience by working on many cases like premature goats. This experience showed her the wonderful environment at WSU where she was able to apply her knowledge early on in her education and be in the hospital interacting with clients. When Jessica graduates in 2020, she hopes to return to Nevada to work in a mixed animal practice for mentorship before building a practice of her own. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys hiking with her husband and dogs Sophie, Dixie, and Missy. She also loves spending time with her horse Lacey or hanging out with friends.