Student Success: James Schmidt
James Schmidt (’21 DVM), a second year vet student at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is interested in small animal veterinary medicine (especially cats). James grew up in a family with 8 older siblings and many animals, which cultivated his interest in becoming a veterinarian at a young age. James has lived in Oregon, Michigan, and most recently Montana. In 2017, he received a bachelor’s degree in Biology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and while there he met his wife, Rachel. All of this has now prepared him to pursue his dream in becoming a veterinarian through the WSU veterinary program. As a WSU veterinary student, James is involved in many campus organizations such as Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), Shelter Medicine Club, and Feline Club to further his career as a small animal medicine practitioner. James also works in the Small Animal Intensive Care Unit at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital where he continues to gain experience in small animal medicine. He was the recipient of the Betty J. Jones & the Cassisus Cat Foundation Scholarship in 2018. When he graduates in 2021, James plans to move to Utah with his little family and begin life as a small animal practitioner. There, his wife plans to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. James and his wife enjoy spending time together hiking, running, swimming, and camping.