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MSU’s inaugural class – WIMU Regional Program

Story by Jenny Lavey, MSU News Service

WIMU - Montana State University Graduates

BOZEMAN – Eleven Montana State University students hailing from all corners of Montana are newly minted veterinarians. 

Comprising MSU’s inaugural class of the Washington, Idaho, Montana and Utah Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine, dubbed WIMU, the students began their first year of the regional program in Bozeman, housed in the College of Agriculture. They then completed the final three years of their doctor of veterinary medicine degrees at Washington State University in Pullman. They received their diplomas on May 5.

Mark Quinn, MSU’s WIMU program director and professor in MSU’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, said each of the students performed exceedingly well and that several plan to return to Montana right away to practice veterinary medicine. Several additional students eventually plan to return to the state to practice after completing additional training.

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Over 85 people – prospective applicants and their guests – convened at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, March 24, 2018 for the annual DVM@WSU recruitment event.  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, summer rotations for second and third year students, veterinary student clubs, and the Northwest Bovine Veterinary Experience Program. Current veterinary students spoke extensively with participants about their experiences in the WIMU program, both as part of a student panel and one-on-one with prospective students and their guests.  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 contact us with any questions. Our next DVM@WSU will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019. We hope to see you there!

A Corgi Puppy Gets a Second Chance for a Happy and Healthy Life

Story by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04

Kristy Fiorini and Murray

When Kristy Fiorini first held the small, brown-eyed corgi puppy with a white patch on his right ear, she was smitten. A long-time dog lover, she had been wanting a corgi ever since she could remember. “My husband isn’t so much of a dog person,” she says. “But he gave me the puppy as a surprise because he knew how much I wanted him.”

Like all puppies, Murray, was full of energy. He loved playing with toys and chasing Kristy daughter’s dog. But when he was six months old, Kristy noticed that Murray’s head was tilting to the side. “At first, we thought he had hurt himself playing chase,” she says.

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May 11, 2018
VMCAS Application Opened

May 18, 2018
WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application Opened

August 13-17, 2018
WIMU Orientation Week

August 16, 2018
White Coat Ceremony

September 4, 2018
Residency certification deadline for Idaho, Montana, and Utah applicants. WICHE applicants are encouraged to see their state  WICHE office for certification deadlines.

September-October 2018
Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and Utah Recruitment

September 17, 2018
VMCAS Application Closes
GRE Scores Due (VMCIS School code: 4984)

September 24, 2018
WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application Closes

Attention, prospective applicants to the WIMU Regional Program in veterinary medicine:
Stacey Poler (WIMU Admissions Coordinator) and Dr. Patricia Talcott (Director of Admissions) will be conducting recruitment travel in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming throughout the spring and fall! Specific dates will be posted on our website when available. Please contact us with any questions.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Welcome to the Team!

Stephanie Bontrager

Stephanie Bontrager
Recruitment and Admissions Assistant

Jessica Scholfield

Jessica Scholfield
Admissions Assistant

ambassadors - June 2018

Jessica Martin and her dogs

Jessica Martin-Harris

Jessica Martin-Harris (’20 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in mixed animal medicine and practice ownership. Born and raised in northern Nevada, Jessica was not always interested in veterinary medicine.  The sight of blood used to make her faint until she participated in dissections in high school through FFA.


Nate Cherzan

Nathan Cherzan

Nathan Cherzan (’20 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University interested in small animal medicine. He decided to become a veterinarian when he discovered his interest in medicine and his passion for animals at a young age. He continued his interest through his undergraduate education at WSU where he received a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Animal Science. 


Madison Parker and her dog

Madison Parker

Maddie Parker (’20 DVM) is a third year student at Washington State University, with an interest in small animal medicine, especially shelter medicine, behavior, and wildlife.  Originally from Montana, Maddie found a love for animals and medicine working in a small animal practice.  She went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in anthrozoology where a large part of her education focused on the human-animal bond and training. 


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 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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