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Featured Graduate | Nashua Compton

By Rebecca Haley


Nashua Compton (’17 DVM) lost no time in jumping into a small animal rotating internship at Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland, Washington after graduation. During his year with Seattle Veterinary Specialists, Nash is rotating through a variety of specialty areas, including surgery, neurology, cardiology, internal medicine, overnights, emergency, and radiology. The high number of referral cases this practice sees means that Nash has more exposure to intensive cases, and the size of the practice, with 28 doctors, means that there are many opportunities for mentorship. Nash is part of an intern class of nine veterinarians, including two surgery specialty interns and seven rotating interns. Five out of the nine interns are WSU College of Veterinary Medicine graduates. Nash actually completed a two week externship at Seattle Veterinary Specialists during winter break of his first year at WSU CVM. During that time, he made quite the impression, as the practice owners called him as soon as they saw his name on the list of applicants for internships this year. “They know our program and the first year surgical training we receive here,” says Nash. “They knew I would be capable of jumping into a surgery.” After completing his small animal rotating internship, Nashua’s future plans include either a surgical internship or residency.

Internship Success



Congratulations to the fourth year students who have already obtained equine internships for 2018! We are so proud of their efforts in securing these opportunities and wish them all the best as they complete their final year before heading off to these new adventures! The students and the locations of their equine internships are listed below:

Cassidy Briggs: Bend Equine Medical Center in Bend, Oregon
Nicholas Hall: Tryon Equine Hospital in Columbus, North Carolina
Jared Hardaway: San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in Bonsall, California
Zena Hemmen: Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey
Anne Hutton: Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California
Casey Larsen: Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey
Kelsey Stoner: Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery in Weatherford, Texas

Making a Difference

By Francisco Aguilar and Rebecca Haley

Harvey Volunteers-700

From left to right: fourth year veterinary students Cherish Summers, Laura Maillard, Christina Garza, and Ryann Healy

In times of disaster, veterinarians help members of their communities by providing emergency veterinary medical care and temporary boarding to animal victims of disaster. After participating in WSU’s Disaster Response and Planning rotation with Dr. Cynthia Faux, fourth year students Christina Garza, Ryann Healy, Laura Maillard, and Cherish Summers chose put their skills to use by volunteering to assist Texas A&M University with its current Hurricane Harvey disaster relief. The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Development and External Relations hopes to set up a fund to support continued disaster relief efforts at WSU. Thank you Christina, Ryann, Laura, and Cherish for highlighting the importance of supporting the larger veterinary community in times of need.

DVM@WSU coming March 24, 2018



Considering a career in veterinary medicine? Then join us for Discover Veterinary Medicine @ WSU on Saturday, March 24, 2018! At this fun and informative event, you will hear about what the Washington-Idaho-Montana-Utah (WIMU) Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine has to offer. Whether you are an undergraduate student, graduate student, or pre-veterinary advisor, DVM@WSU will provide an in-depth look at the WIMU admissions process, facilities, and the many opportunities available for students. Meet our faculty and participate in a Q&A panel with current DVM students. You will learn how the WIMU Regional Program continues to lead the way in research, hands-on experience, professional skill, and veterinary excellence.

Questions? Email us at for more information. REGISTRATION opens February 5! Please see our DVM@WSU webpage for a full schedule and travel information.



Late December, 2017
All Admissions Committee decisions will be sent out by the end of December at the latest.
January 18 – 19, 2018
Idaho Applicant Interviews in Pullman, Washington
January 22 – 26, 2018
Nonresident Applicant Interviews in Pullman, Washington
January 29 – 30, 2018
Utah Applicant Interviews in Logan, Utah
February 8 – 9, 2018
Washington Applicant Interviews in Pullman, Washington
March 24, 2018
DVM@WSU Recruitment Event

Attention, prospective applicants to the WIMU Regional Program in veterinary medicine:
Stacey Poler (WIMU Recruiter) and Dr. Patricia Talcott (Director of Admissions) will be conducting recruitment travel in Idaho, Utah, and Washington this spring! Specific dates will be posted on our website when available. Please contact us with any questions.

College of Veterinary Medicine


Lida Gehlen

Lida Gehlen (’19 DVM), a third year veterinary student at Washington State University, is interested in both small and exotic animal medicine. Originally from California, Lida’s passion for animal science began she started raising backyard chickens.



Jonathan Miller

Joanathan Miller ('20 DVM) is pursuing a career in research. While obtaining his degree in animal and veterinary sciences at the University of Wyoming, Jon's involvement in a laboratory investigating brucellosis sparked an interest in infectious diseases.



Katelyn Littleton

Katelyn Littleton (’20 DVM), a second year veterinary student at WSU originally from New Mexico, is interested in large animal medicine with a focus in equine general practice.


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 locations 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 locations 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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