The WIMU Perspective Newsletter

September 2014

Keeping Families Together

Nick Snider Family
Nick Snider ('14 DVM) with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters
Sometimes it takes many bends in the road to get where you are going. For Nick Snider ('14 DVM) he managed a coffee stand, he and his wife, Jennifer, worked as camp counselors, and he went back to school planning to become a biology teacher. But then he took his first virology and zoology classes and he was hooked. He knew his calling was to be a veterinarian.

"It is mentally stimulating and I get to work with people. Not just clients, but also staff," said Snider, a self-described people person. Many go into veterinary medicine because they love to work with animals, but for Nick it was because he also likes to work people. And that goes a long way for being a good veterinarian. 

"Working with people is something I always liked. It is a bit of the camp counselor in me," he said.

That love for animals and caring for people made him a natural to receive the "Our Caring Profession Award," which is funded by John Mattoon ('84 DVM) and his wife, Jennifer Mattoon. The recipient is selected by the 4th year class as someone who has sincere compassion and caring for animals and people, excellence in mentoring and serving as a role model, and someone with good judgment and understanding.

"It was a huge honor to be voted as the gentle doctor by my class," said Snider. "It gives me a lot to live up to."

Snider also received the Thomas Montgomery Scholarship three years ago, which is given to non-traditional students with a family, and was the recipient of the Dr. & Mrs. E. Doyle Montgomery Scholarship.

The scholarships helped make it financially possible for him, Jennifer, and their two young daughters to live together in Pullman during his last two years at WSU. He commuted to Spokane during his second year where his wife was a Kindergarten teacher.

"These scholarships are a huge help on an already tight budget," said Snider. "Over the four years even small amounts really add up. They go a long way."

After graduation, he started working at SouthCare Animal Medical Center in Spokane. But one day he hopes to own his own practice.

As for receiving the Our Caring Profession Award, Snider was humbled to be honored by his classmates, and felt it was a special way to finish his final year.

"As classmates we go through a lot together," said Snider. "It was a nice way to end our time there and honor the relationships we built."

Gamera: Friends bid goodbye to well-traveled amputee tortoise

Gamera the tortoise
A tortoise that has lived at Washington State University since its leg was amputated will be leaving for a new home. A group of friends said goodbye to Gamera with pumpkin cake and lots of photo ops.

The tortoise’s lost limb was first replaced with a swiveling wheel and now sports a purple hard toy ball. The surgery was done at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Gamera, who has appeared on the NBC Today Show, will be an ambassador of his species and also for amputees of all makes and sizes (including humans). His new home will have lots of room to roam, with indoor and outdoor enclosures. WSU NEWS ARTICLE | GAMERA'S STORY


VMCAS Application   Deadline

WIMU/WSU Supplemental

Open House

Attention, prospective applicants to the WIMU regional program in veterinary medicine:

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

Weber State University
University of Utah


Utah Valley University
Brigham Young University


Southern Utah University
Dixie State University
University of Wyoming


University of Puget Sound
Pacific Lutheran University
Saint Martin’s University


WSU Vancouver


University of Montana
Northern Arizona University


University of Montana Western
Montana Tech
University of Arizona


Great Falls College
Carroll College
Arizona State University


Montana State University


Rocky Mountain College
MSU Billings


University of Nevada, Reno


Boise State University
BYU Idaho
Idaho State University

College of Veterinary Medicine

Kendra Rushing-Kuntz

Kendra Rushing-Kuntz

Although she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was seven years old, second year Washington State University veterinary student Kendra Otter Rushing-Kuntz (’16 DVM) spent three years of undergraduate school pursuing literature and linguistic studies. Then, one class away from completing her English degree, she remembered what her younger self had known all along: she was meant to be a veterinarian. READ MORE

Matt Van Winkle

Matthew Van Winkle

Matthew Van Winkle is a third year veterinary student and loves every minute of it. Ever since Matt was young he has been a passionate animal lover like most kids, but his hard love of the sciences really put him on the track of veterinary medicine. Raised in northern California, Matthew attended UC Davis as an undergraduate studying genetics. READ MORE

Lauren Nichols

Lauren Nichols

Lauren Nichols (’12 BS ’16 DVM) is currently a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with the intent of going into mixed animal private practice. Originally from Toppenish, Washington, Lauren grew up on a small hobby farm with a variety of livestock and companion animals, including horses, goats, sheep, a cow, pigs, dogs, and cats. READ MORE

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, 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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