The WIMU Perspective Newsletter


Featured Graduate | Kimi Ross

Kimi Ross

When Kimi Ross left her home in Chistochina, Alaska to pursue her DVM degree at Washington State University, she hoped to someday return to practice at home and in the surrounding rural Alaskan communities. Now, four years later, she has the opportunity of a lifetime, taking over from the sole veterinarian in the region as he moves into retirement. “The timing of Dr. Tobey's retirement and my graduation is providential,” Kimi says. “As I became interested in veterinary medicine, neighbors started asking for help with this or that animal issue, and I realized there was a need that I could help fill. So the most exciting thing for me is to go home and be of service to this community, as I intended when I started this journey.” Not only will Kimi be taking over Copper Valley Veterinary Services’ current duties, which mostly consist of seeing small animal clients on an as-needed basis, she will also be expanding the practice’s offerings to include any and all species as well as ambulatory services. As Kimi points out, “Many Alaskans raise livestock for personal use or on a small scale commercial basis (Farmer's Market, farm sales, etc.) and I hope these people will become a large part of my practice. I expect there will be a lot of variety!” In addition to the extremely demanding veterinary program, Kimi faced the additional challenge of being Deaf. She says, “The faculty and staff demonstrated extraordinary flexibility and willingness to try something new when working with me. They are the reason I’ve been successful and will be able to return home to practice. I would never venture out into solo practice right after graduation without knowing that I have the entire faculty of the CVM available as a resource, just a text or email away.” Kimi looks forward to running the practice with the help of her husband Fred, as well as gardening, boating, fishing, kayaking, and waking up every morning to a view of the Wrangell Mountains.


Ambos with Butch

Over 70 people – prospective applicants and their guests – convened at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Participants learned in-depth information about the application process and gained an insider’s glance at unique opportunities available through WSU/WIMU including the WSU Clinical Simulation Center, the Global Animal Health Certificate Program, the Clinical Communication Program, as well as the Pet Loss Hotline. 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. Our next DVM@WSU will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017! We hope to see you there!

Shelter Training Better Prepares Veterinary Students

by Marcia Hill Gossard '99, '04

Kristen Ronngren and Marshall

Like many veterinary students in their final year of school, Kirsten Ronngren (’15 DVM) was eager to get more surgical experience before graduation. So when she got the opportunity to spend two weeks at Seattle Humane as one of her fourth-year rotations, she jumped at the chance.

“Repetition is what makes you better and more confident,” says Ronngren, who performed nearly 10 times the number of surgeries at Seattle Humane than she would have during her last year of veterinary school before the WSU Humane Society Alliance Education Program began.

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine started the program in 2013 by partnering with regional humane societies. Students can elect to spend two weeks during their final year of veterinary school at either Seattle Humane in Bellevue, Wash. or the Idaho Humane Society in Boise, Idaho. The college now also partners with other regional and local shelters to bring animals to WSU for spaying and neutering. The animals are then returned to the shelters for adoption.



MAY 11
VMCAS Application Opened

MAY 18
WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application Opened

AUGUST 15-19
Week of Orientation (COLE)

White Coat Ceremony

Residency Certification Deadline

Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming Recruitment

VMCAS Application Closes
GRE Scores Due (School code: 4984)

WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application Closes


College of Veterinary Medicine

Garrett Bronec

Garrett Bronec

Garrett Bronec (’18 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University. He grew up on a farm and ranch in Denton, Montana. Garrett first became interested in veterinary medicine helping his dad during calving ...

Kelsey Brown

Kelsey Brown  

Kelsey Brown (’18 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in epidemiology and public health. Originally from Seattle, Kelsey left the area to obtain her bachelor of science in microbiology and animal sciences...

Elena Kremer

Elena Kremer

Elena Kremer (’18 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in mixed animal practice and research. Originally from San Diego, Elena received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of San Diego...

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