The WIMU Perspective Newsletter

Perspective Newsletter Dec 2018

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WSU Gets a Visit from Prickly Patient

Story by Mia Patterson | Photo by Henry Moore, Jr.

WSU Gets a Visit from  Prickly Patient

One Friday in early June the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital was visited by a rather prickly patient.

Having suffered from what was speculated to be a fall from a tree, the young male porcupine was brought in by Ryan Law of the Palouse Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. He had significant deep bruising, and because of the injury, pieces of dead tissue led to substantial issues with his legs.

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Feels like Family – Calling Pullman Home

Jalise and Minis

As I boarded my last flight following an amazing weekend of learning and new friendships, there was someone sitting in my seat. I don't particularly care where I sit so I told her she could stay in my seat I just needed to know where her seat was so I could sit somewhere. I took her seat which was next to a middle aged guy. I put my headphones in just as he was asking if I was headed to Pullman for school. I pulled my headphones off and we got to chatting about Pullman, WSU, Alaska, and life. This father beamed with pride as he and his wife were flying their daughter to Pullman for college. He told me about the schools she applied to and how they toured over 20 schools across the US but he knew the second she set foot on WSU’s Pullman campus, that this is where she was going to go. It felt like home.

Even after being awake for over 20 hours, I ended up exchanging numbers with their daughter in case she needed anything as she settled into Pullman alone and I'm pretty sure I've made myself a lifelong friend in Alaska if anyone wants to take a trip! This experience reminded why I picked WSU. My dad told me Pullman is a family, not a community and he couldn't have been more accurate. I can't wait to spend the coming Saturday Cougar Football games with his best friends from college and in one short week be reunited with some of my best friends for my third year of vet school!

Written by Jalise Zumstein just before she started her third year of vet school. Jalise is now 5 months away from graduation and is planning to continue her education in a small animal rotating internship following graduation. Go Cougs!

DVM@WSU coming March 23, 2019


Considering a career in veterinary medicine? Then join us for Discover Veterinary Medicine @ WSU on Saturday, March 23, 2019! 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, 2018
All Admissions Committee decisions will be sent out by the end of December at the latest.

January 17 – 18, 2019
Washington and Idaho Applicant Interviews in Pullman, Washington

January 22 – 23, 2019
Utah Applicant Interviews in Logan, Utah

January 28 – February 1, 2019
Nonresident Applicant Interviews in Pullman, Washington

March 23, 2019
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 Washington this spring! Specific dates will be posted on our website when available. Please contact us with any questions.

College of Veterinary Medicine

McKenna Thompson

McKenna Thompson

McKenna Thompson (’20 DVM) is a third year veterinary student, interested in mixed animal practice. She is from Flagstaff, Arizona where she obtained BS and MS degrees in biomedical sciences and genetics from Northern Arizona University.


Student Profile James Schmidt

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.


Student Profile Katherine Sussman

Katherine Sussman

Katherine Sussman (‘21 DVM), a second year veterinary student at Washington State University, is interested in mixed animal practice. Katherine grew up in Idaho Falls, ID, where her interest in veterinary medicine began in an anatomy class in high school.


Visit us!

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 southern Idaho, 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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