The WIMU Perspective Newsletter

June 2014
Issue 2

Global Animal Health Pathway Student Returns from Six Weeks in Africa

Healthier Animals, Healthier Children 
by Tomasina Lucia (’14 DVM, Global Animal Health Pathway Student)

When asked about their “big five,” most travelers to Kenya will regale you with talk of lions, elephants, or Cape buffalo. My big five were a bit different. As part of Washington State University’s Global Animal Health Pathway, I traveled to western Kenya for a six-week clinical rotation in research methods during the winter of my clinical year of veterinary training.After traveling almost 60 hours—with layovers and the time zone shift—to get from wintry Pullman to equatorial Kenya, my days were spent in a remote village called Lwak in the Nyanza Province. I stayed in a two-room cottage, complete with mosquito netting, squat toilet, and (usually!) running water. I was fortunate that Lwak has its own market, where I was able to purchase local fruit and a lot of fish, as the village is only a few kilometers from the shores of Lake Victoria (fun fact, Lake Victoria is the second largest fresh water lake in the world). Along with following community investigators as they surveyed area households, I worked with the project’s animal health team. Instead of snapping pictures of lions and elephants—big game are not historically native to that part of Kenya—my travel photos are mostly of cattle or chickens afflicted with diseases I had previously only seen in textbooks, like foot-and-mouth disease, heartwater, East Coast fever, Newcastle disease, or anaplasmosis. 

On The Case: Kenya and Zig Zag

Photo Credit: Geoff Crimmins/Moscow-Pullman Daily News

left to right:
Chelsea Farnsworth
(’14 DVM)
Alexis Campbell
(’09 DVM, senior theriogenology resident)
Alicia Ewing
(’14 DVM)
On The Case: Kenya and Zig Zag

It isn’t every day that the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine has the opportunity to provide care to a zebra! But on April 29 we had the pleasure of caring for two striped equines—3 year old, Kenya and 6 year old, Zig Zag.The two male zebras were patients of Dr. Ahmed Tibary and Dr. Lisa Pearson (’08 DVM). Dr. Tibary is the head of the theriogenology program at the college where he and his team provide cutting-edge comparative theriogenology care for equine, bovine, camelids, and small ruminants. READ MORE

DVM@WSU Wrap-up

DVM at WSUOn Friday, April 11 prospective veterinary students and their families gathered together for DVM@WSU 2014! They heard presentations and asked questions about some of WIMU’s top programs, including theriogenology, clinical communications, and the surgery skills lab—all programs that students can experience their very first year! From there, college recruiter, Stacey Poler walked the future veterinary students through the entire application process and answered any questions they had about admissions. DVM@WSU participants and their families ate lunch with current WIMU veterinary students and were able to ask questions about student life, finances, and clinical opportunities. After an in-depth tour of the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital and a final opportunity for any parting questions, DVM@WSU participants headed back to their homes inspired by the possibilities and felt welcomed by the WIMU community.

Portrait of Tomasina Lucia

Tomasina Lucia


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