Student Success: Natalie Hurst
Natalie Hurst (’21 DVM) a second year veterinary student at Washington State University is interested in pathology and infectious disease research. Natalie grew up on a small cattle ranch in Central Washington and become interested in the field of veterinary medicine while working with local ranchers and veterinarians. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, she worked on a research project and discovered her passion for science and nontraditional veterinary medicine. As a WSU veterinary student, she is a member of the Research Scholars Program and received a College of Veterinary Medicine Summer Fellowship in 2018. Her project on cold sterile tray use and bacterial contamination rates was funded by Pet Smart Charities to be presented at the National Veterinary Student Scholars program at Texas A&M. She is also a member of the Veterinary Business Management Association and the Pathology Club at WSU. Upon graduation, Natalie hopes to be accepted into an anatomic pathology residency with a combined PhD program. Through this further training she hopes to enter industry or academia as a pathologist contributing to infectious disease research and prevention. In her time outside of school, Natalie enjoys cooking and adventuring with her Border Collie puppy, Kiwi.