The WIMU Perspective Newsletter

June 2015


DVM Group

Over 100 people – prospective applicants and their guests – convened at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Participants learned in-depth information about the application process and gained an insider’s glance at unique opportunities available through WSU/WIMU including clinical communication and surgery training, the Northwest Bovine Experience, and our world-renowned theriogenology program. Current veterinary students spoke extensively with participants about their experiences in the WIMU program, both as a student panel and one-on-one. Finally, participants were treated to a tour of the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital by current veterinary students. Are you interested in applying to our program but missed DVM@WSU? Do you have questions about our program and the application process? Please email us at with any questions, to set up a meeting with an admissions representative, or to request a tour of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  

On the Case: Meet Scout

Scout, Anne Hensley and Dr. Annie Chen

Scout is one of thousands of patients who has been helped because of MRI

When "Scout," a 9-year-old German Shepherd mix, walked into the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, he went to work right away. Calm and obedient with friendly eyes and a large scar across the top of his head, he lies down on the mat his owner, Anne Hensley, puts down for him. She kisses his head, and he watches her as she sits down. Scout is a therapy dog."I was a civilian volunteer in Vietnam," said Anne, who continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. She has also recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Just having him there is essential for my mental, emotional and physical health," said Hensley, who has lived with Scout for the past 7 years in a retirement community. Scout, a rescue dog, was paired with Anne through a dog assistance program. Scout keeps her going. He is life, she says.

Back at home in Tacoma in August 2013, Scout started having intense seizures about once a week. "The seizures were very intense, very intense," said Anne.

The diagnosis: a brain tumor.

When Scout and Anne arrived at WSU, they met Dr. Annie Chen, a veterinary neurologist. Dr. Chen thought Scout would also be eligible to be part of a clinical trial to find new ways to treat brain tumors. 

WSU/WIMU 2015-2016 Application Cycle Opens!

WSU/WIMU 2015-2016 Application Cycle Opens

The WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application opened May 20, 2015 and will remain open for interested students until September 22, 2015. Applicants will also need to complete a VMCAS application (open May 13 – September 15, 2015). Students applying in the 2015-2016 application cycle will be considered for entry into our program in fall 2016 (Class of 2020). Students in the WIMU Regional Program benefit from hands-on experience and a big network.The small class sizes at all three campuses (Washington State University, Montana State University, and Utah State University) provide personalized attention while offering opportunities for professional growth and the development of clinical, leadership, and interpersonal skills for all students throughout the WIMU Regional Program. Our graduates go on to be leading clinicians, diagnosticians, researchers, and professors around the world.

Please contact with any questions about the application cycle or our program.
Apply now and experience the difference with WSU and the WIMU Regional Program!


MAY 13
VMCAS Application Cycle Opens

MAY 20
WSU/WIMU Application Cycle Opens

JULY 20 - 30
Cougar Quest

AUGUST 17 - 21
Class of 2019 Orientation

VMCAS Application Closes

WSU/WIMU Application Closes

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

Stacey Poler(WIMU Recruiter), Dr. Patricia Talcott (Director of Admissions), and Dr. Bryan Slinker (Dean) will be conducting recruitment travel this fall! Check out the recruitment schedule below to see if WIMU representatives will be in your area and contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 

AUGUST 26 – 27
University of New Mexico
New Mexico State University


University of Nevada, Reno


University of Montana
Montana Tech
University of Montana Western
Carroll College
Montana State University
Rocky Mountain College


University of Wyoming


Northern Arizona University
University of Arizona
Arizona State University, Polytechnic Campus


Utah State University
Weber State University
University of Utah
Utah Valley University
Brigham Young University
Southern Utah University
Dixie State University


Boise State University
Idaho State University
University of Puget Sound
WSU Vancouver

College of Veterinary Medicine
Student Success

Nashua Compton

Nashua Compton

Aspirations of kicking a winning goal in the world cup first filled second year Nashua Compton’s (’17 DVM) hopes when he entered into college. However, after numerous fascinating science and math classes and two torn ACLs, his sights began to focus on medicine.    

Rachel Shutter

Rachel Shutter  

Rachel Shutter (’16 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in equine and food animal medicine. Growing up on a large bison ranch in Wyoming, Rachel found a passion for production medicine early on.  

Cody Brooks

Cody Brooks

Second year veterinary student Cody Brooks ('17 DVM) is interested in small animal emergency medicine. His interest in veterinary medicine was generated at a young age following an early morning emergency visit for a laceration on his dog’s tail.

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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