The WIMU Perspective Newsletter


Keith Urban’s Biggest Fan

By  Brigitte Butler ('20)

Most people expect to come home with free swag, new connections, and the latest and greatest information about veterinary medicine when they go to the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. Me? I came home with all of that, and Keith Urban’s guitar.

B. Butler -in story photoWVC is a huge annual conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada and any member of the veterinary medicine community can attend. Students, technicians, practice managers, and veterinarians from all over the country (and world) come to listen to lectures, participate in wet labs, and attend workshops to further their education. As a veterinary student, my travel and registration for the conference were reimbursed by SAVMA, so I got to network, attend lectures, sightsee, and spend hours in the exhibition hall, for free! Sponsors, like Hill’s Pet Nutrition, brought in celebrity guests and put on events for attendees. A highlight was hearing Mayiam Bialik from The Big Bang Theory speak about being a female scientist and her love of animals.

But to the real reason of this newsletter… How I got Keith Urban’s guitar. Merck sponsored a concert for the last night of the conference and admission was free for all attendees. Being huge Keith Urban fans, my fellow vet students and I went, stood in the back and danced while he performed. At one point, Keith Urban came out into the audience to sing a song, and we rushed up to be close to him. I was having the time of my life when suddenly Keith Urban asked “where is my biggest fan?” and then pointed at me. I was escorted on to the platform, was given a signed guitar and a hug from Keith Urban himself. It was an amazing night that I will never forget! I am lucky to be in a profession that emphasizes continuing education and having fun at the same time!



DVM @ WSU update

Considering a career in veterinary medicine? Then join us for Discover Veterinary Medicine @ WSU on Saturday, March 28, 2020! 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 3! Please see our DVM@WSU webpage for a full schedule and travel information.



Introducing Interim Dean Bob Mealey


Dr. Robert Mealey, Chair of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, has been appointed as Interim Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine in place of former Dean, Bryan Slinker. Dr. Slinker served as Dean since 2008 and announced his plan for retirement in March of 2019, launching a national search for his replacement. However, at the end of September, Dean Slinker was appointed to the position of Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of WSU by President Kirk Schulz. Read below to see Dr. Slinker’s letter to the College about these changes.

Kim Layne


WSU Vet Student Crowned Miss Idaho


Well on her way to earning a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, newly crowned Miss Idaho USA Kimberly Layne is no person’s idea of a stereotypical beauty queen — though she says the stereotypes themselves are problematic.

Born and raised in southern Idaho, Layne, 25, said her interest in medicine and a love for animals may have been hereditary.

Read about Kim Layne


Late December, 2019
All Admissions Committee decisions will be sent out by the end of December at the latest.

January 14 – 15, 2020
Utah Applicant Interviews in Logan, Utah

January 21 – 22, 2020
Washington and Idaho Applicant Interviews in Pullman, Washington

January 27 – January 31, 2020
Nonresident Applicant Interviews in Pullman, Washington

February 3, 2020
DVM@WSU Registration Opens

Attention, prospective applicants to the WIMU Regional Program in veterinary medicine:

WIMU representatives will be conducting recruitment travel throughout the academic year- watch our website for upcoming dates. Please contact us with any questions  

College of Veterinary Medicine


Darryl Kirby (ID)

Darryl Kerby is a third-year veterinary student from Northern Idaho. She grew up on her family’s ranch raising and showing cattle and horses.




Kyanna Martinez (NM)

Kyanna Martinez ('21 DVM), a third year veterinary student, is interested in small animal and wildlife medicine. Originally from New Mexico, she has always been a lover of animals, the outdoors, and all the wildlife she would encounter.




John Hanlon (WA)

John Hanlon is a third-year veterinary student in the WIMU Regional Program at Washington State University, interested in small animal medicine and surgery..


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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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