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March 2018, Issue 17

Register Now for DVM@WSU!

DVM at WSU Promotional ImageJoin us in Pullman, Washington on Saturday, March 24th for an incredible in-depth look at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the WIMU Regional Program! Our annual Discover Veterinary Medicine @ WSU event offers undergraduate students, graduate students, and pre-veterinary advisors the opportunity to experience our program first-hand. Hear about our classes and extracurricular offerings, take a tour of our Veterinary Teaching Hospital, get an inside look at the admissions process, and hear from our current veterinary students about the opportunities that set our program apart! Registration closes Monday, March 5, 2018. Register now!

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Zoe's Road to Recovery

Zoe and Mark Thorne in Stables


It was common for Mark and Deb Thorne to go on evening rides on their two geldings and leave “Zoe,” their 17-year-old mare in the pasture. However, their routine evening ride over Memorial Day weekend turned into something they could not have predicted.

“We went out for a ride on our geldings and we left our mare, Zoe, in the pasture with another horse. We heard them knicker and whinny a lot, which was odd,” Deb recalls when telling how Zoe came about her injury. “We were out just a little way and we heard the barbed wire stretch and snap. We immediately knew she had gone over it because the other mare was too old,” she says. “We weren’t there to see it, but we just knew.”

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Featured Graduate | Abney Brown

Abney Brown


Abney Brown (’17 DVM) is so happy to have returned to Reno, Nevada and put down some roots. She certainly had received an abundance of job opportunities; while searching for a job during her fourth year at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, she had six interviews and received six job offers! Abney knew, however, that working at North Hills Veterinary Clinic in Reno would be the perfect fit. She is working as one of three full time doctors and one part time doctor and is mostly treating small animal patients along with some exotics and large animal patients as well. Abney enjoys working for a former WSU graduate in a practice that values work/life balance. “They told me they know veterinary medicine is hard and that being a veterinarian is very hard,” Abney says. “They want me to be a well-rounded human being and have a life outside of the clinic.” Abney’s communication training at WSU made a tangible difference in her job search last year, as communication skills are highly desired by prospective employers. She also believes that being a part of the WSU family and network of veterinarians proved to be a huge asset when searching for jobs. In addition to moving back to Reno to start her new position, Abney had another exciting adventure this past summer: working as a veterinarian with 2016 WSU graduate Chiara Velotta at the camel races in Virginia City, Nevada.


March 24, 2018

April 7, 2018
Open House

April 16, 2018
National AAVMC Acceptance Deadline for offered applicants

Mid May 2018
VMCAS Application Opens
WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application Opens

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.

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Brigitte Butler

Brigitte Butler

Brigitte Butler (’20 DVM), a second-year veterinary student at Washington State University, is currently interested in small animal medicine. While she is originally from Washington, she attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree and spent a year working in downtown Chicago at a small animal clinic.


Garrett Ryerson

Garrett Ryerson

Garrett Ryerson (’20 DVM) is a second year veterinary student who looks forward to practicing mixed animal medicine. Originally from Helena, MT, he attended his first year of veterinary school at Montana State University through the WIMU Regional Program before joining the rest of his class in Pullman.


Tara Beyerlin

Tara Beyerlin

Third year veterinary student Tara Beyerlin (’19 DVM) knew she wanted to become a veterinarian from a very young age. As a child she referred to her dream job as “vetress” for career day in elementary school, because to her that meant a female veterinarian.


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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