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December 2014

Welcoming WIMU in Bozeman

Welcoming WIMU in Bozeman

They come from towns like Chinook and Dupuyer. They’ve grown up in ranching communities and working in small animal private practices. They have educational backgrounds in research and theatre. They are the WIMU Class of 2018 in Bozeman, Montana.

Through an exciting regional expansion, the WIMU* program admits up to 10 Montana resident students who will spend their first year at Montana State University. For the second and third years of their veterinary education, they will be based at WSU’s Pullman campus. During their final year, students have the opportunity to learn at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and in a wide network of clinical placements throughout Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

“The WIMU program is a great way for us to stay connected here in Montana while still getting the highest quality veterinary education,” says first-year student, Cassidy Briggs. 

*The Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah Regional Program in veterinary medicine (pronounced wee-moo).

The worlds of Thomas Wurtz

Story by Evelyn Boswell

The worlds of Thomas Wurtz

A lifelong farmer, Thomas Wurtz is on his way to becoming a veterinarian who plans to specialize in consulting for the swine industry.

But the journey, like the road to Wurtz’s home during construction season, has hardly been direct. With bumps and detours, it has carried this former Hutterite into the mainstream world where he now lives parallel lives as the only child of two sets of parents who live nine miles apart. His biological parents are Hutterite. His adopted parents are not.

The boy who initially attended school only through the eighth grade and grew up speaking German and tending hogs is now a Montana State University graduate in biotechnology and attending his first semester of veterinary school.

“I do have this two-life thing I have to balance,” Wurtz said.

On the case: Meet Mr. Bear

Story by Marcia Gossard

Meet Mr. Bear
(left) WSU veterinary student, Beryl Swanson ('14 DVM) with Mr. Bear after surgery. (right) David and Vernie Greenhalgh of British Columbia, Canada with Mr. Bear at WSU.

In the spring of 2013, Joel Greenhalgh of British Columbia, Canada noticed an odd lump on the top of his dog's head. He took "Mr. Bear," a then 11-year-old Australian Shepherd-Rottweiler mix, to his local veterinarian. At first the advice was to watch and see, but when it didn't go away, his veterinarian took a biopsy. Mr. Bear had cancer. Because of the location of the tumor, local specialists were hesitant to perform surgery. Joel had heard about teaching hospitals from a family friend and began doing some research.

"Our oncologist recommended WSU and told us that it is one of the best facilities in the world," said Joel.

Unable to get away from work to make the 400-mile trip to Pullman, Joel's parents, Vernie and David Greenhalgh, offered to drive Mr. Bear to WSU for treatment. "Time was of the essence," said Joel. 

Thomas Wurtz

Thomas Wurtz (’18 DVM)



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Katherine Martucci

Katherine Martucci

Katherine Martucci (’14 BS, ’17 DVM) is a second year veterinary student interested in neurology, behavior, research, and teaching. She has been interested in the interplay between behavior and medicine from a very young age and has received bachelor’s degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from the WSU Honors College in pursuit of those interests.

Dominic Eickert

Dominic Eickert

Dominic Eickert (’17 DVM) is a second year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in mixed animal practice. As a senior in high school in his hometown of Kalispell, Montana, Dominic decided to pursue veterinary studies because he wanted a challenging, meaningful career.

Marie Salazar

Marie Salazar

Marie Salazar (’12 BS, ’17 DVM) is a second year veterinary student interested in mixed animal practice. Originally from the small town of Mill A, Washington, she has always wanted to return to work in a small rural community. 

Visit us!WSU CVM welcomes visitors anytime. Come see our state-of-the-art facility and visit with our faculty and students. WSU provides interactive case opportunities all four years, including our Veterinary Teaching Hospital, our satellite clinics in Spokane, WA and Caldwell, ID, our primary care programs in partnership with the Seattle Humane Society and Idaho Humane Society, and our affiliate preceptor clinics scattered throughout the Northwest. Your hands-on experience begins on day one with caseloads that provide extensive experience in all areas of interest including small animal, food animal, equine, and exotics. Don’t wait, come be a part of our community!

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