The WIMU Perspective Newsletter

Perspective Newsletter June 2019


Simulation Lab Story

Simulation-based education builds confidence and skills in CVM Students

by Hailey Rupp and Cindy Holenbeck, WSU Foundation

John Hanlon, a second‑year veterinary student, enters the treatment room where his patient, a five‑year‑old Black Lab mix named Chloe, lies anesthetized on the surgery table. Hanlon hooks up her oxygen, and other equipment, so he can monitor her vitals and notices Chloe’s blood pressure dropping. He checks her eyes to see if she’s still responding, and nothing happens.

Moving quickly, he makes the call to decrease the amount of anesthesia flowing to Chloe. Almost immediately, her pressure improves—but she’s not out of the woods yet. While her pressure is no longer in the red zone, it’s still low. Hanlon reevaluates, and increases her fluid drip. That does the trick, and Chloe’s pressure rebounds.

Sam & Otter

The Bond Between Pup and Owner

by Mia Gleason

According to owner Samantha Sroczyk, “Otter,” a 3-year-old male Labrador retriever, is absolutely obsessed with playing fetch.

“He loves to eat, loves to snuggle, and loves to swim,” said Sroczyk. “He thinks he is a 12-pound lap dog.”

Sroczyk is eager to talk about their deep connection. “I think most would call it unhealthy,” she laughed. “We have what I call a mutual obsession. I am moving across the country after graduation to a new job in North Carolina; on my own, with no family or friends, but I’ll have Otter.”

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DVM @ WSU Wrap-Up

Over 85 people – prospective applicants and their guests – convened at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, March 23, 2019 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 28, 2020. We hope to see you there!


May 9, 2019
VMCAS Application Opened

May 16, 2019
WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application Opened

August 12-16, 2019
WIMU Orientation Week

August 15, 2019
White Coat Ceremony

September 3, 2019
Residency Certification deadline for Idaho, Montana, and Utah applicants. WICHE applicants are encouraged to see their state WICHE office for certification deadlines.

September 17, 2019
VMCAS Application Closes
GRE Scores Due

September 24, 2019
WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application Closes

August- October 2019
New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and Montana Recruitment

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

Stacey Poler (WIMU Recruiter) and Dr. Patricia Talcott (Director of Admissions) will be conducting recruitment travel in Washington this fall! Specific dates will be posted on our website when available. Please contact us with any questions.

College of Veterinary Medicine
Student Success

Sarah Hefferan

Sarah Hefferan

Sarah Hefferan (’21 DVM), is a third-year veterinary student at Washington State University, interested in shelter medicine and feline medicine. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, her passion for veterinary medicine began through volunteering in the medical clinic at a local animal shelter.


Nicholas Lani

Nicholas Lani

Nicholas Lani (’21 DVM) a third year veterinary student at Washington State University, is interested in Equine Surgery. Originally from Nevada, Nicholas has always known that he wanted to become a veterinarian. During his undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno he started working at an equine hospital and it just further sparked his desire even more.


Conner Van Dyken

Conner Van Dyken

Conner Van Dyken, currently a third year veterinary student in the WIMU Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine, is interested in pursuing private practice in general large animal medicine. It is hard to pinpoint whether it was the litter of puppies his household raised during his childhood or the family’s multigenerational history in beef and dairy production that cultivated his interest in animals.


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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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