The WIMU Perspective Newsletter

September 2015

Scholarships Give Students a Chance
to Give Back

Sander's Family

Like a lot of little kids growing up in southwest Idaho, Shawn Sanders (’09 DVM) dreamed of being a cowboy on a ranch. By junior high, he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. After earning his undergraduate degree, WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine seemed like the perfect place to study large animal medicine and earn a DVM.

Growing up, Sanders said his family didn’t have much. Drive and determination to make a better life for his family led him not only to WSU, but to working part-time, and sometimes full-time, all the way through school.

“There were times when I had three or four jobs,” says Sanders. “When one didn’t have enough hours, I’d pick up more from another.” While a DVM student, he worked in various labs cleaning dishes, working with horses, goat and lamb herds, or thoroughbred horses and running them on treadmills. His titles included Farm Animal Tech, Equine Reproduction Manager, and Research Assistant.

“We had to pay our way through school,” says Sanders. “With a family, that was a challenge.” 

On the Case: 'Mak' the yak gets back
on track

The following article by Josh Babcock with photos by Geoff Crimmins published on Saturday, August 8, 2015 is copyrighted by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Mack the Yak

Veterinary student Cassie Hoisington, right, and Dr. Ashley Brendenberg work with a yak at the Washington State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman on Friday. The yak, owned by Lynn Taylor of Athol, Idaho, is being treated for problems with its bladder and urethra.

Eight-year-old Makloud, a 1,100 pound pet yak, came to the Washington State University Veterinary Hospital about a week ago after an unknown blockage in his urethra created a condition that, if left untreated, could have cost the yak his life.

To his owner, Lynn Taylor, Makloud isn't any regular yak.

Taylor owns Taylor Ranch Yaks, one of the larger yak farms in northern Idaho near Athol, where he's raised yaks for 13 years.

He said when Makloud was a calf, his mother died, and he resorted to feeding him with a bottle until he was able to fend for himself. Likely because of that, Makloud would rather be with Taylor than with the rest of the herd.

"Throughout the feeding we just developed a relationship between us, and he would follow me all around the property," Taylor said.

That's when a yak that was supposed to be processed into meat, became Taylor's pet.

But a little more than a week ago, Taylor noticed Makloud was in distress. His friend Diane Carlson, a sheep farmer who had brought animals to WSU in the past, encouraged him to bring Makloud to WSU. 


VMCAS Application, Transcripts and GRE scores due

WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application due

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 this fall! Check out the recruitment schedule below to see if WIMU representatives will be in your area and contact the Office of Admissions for more information at 

September 3: University of Nevada, Reno

September 8: University of Montana

September 8: Montana Tech

September 9: University of Montana Western

September 9: Carroll College

September 9: University of Wyoming

September 10: University of Wyoming

September 10: Montana State University

September 11: Rocky Mountain College

September 28: Utah State University

September 28: Northern Arizona University

September 29: Weber State University

September 29: University of Utah

September 29: University of Arizona

September 30: Utah Valley University

September 30: Brigham Young University

September 30: Arizona State University (Mesa Campus)

October 1: Southern Utah University

October 1: Dixie State University

October 12: Boise State University

October 12: Idaho State University

October 13: BYU-Idaho

College of Veterinary Medicine
Student Success

Heather Hastings

Heather Hastings 

Heather Hastings (’11 BS, ’17 DVM), a third year Washington State University veterinary student, has wanted to be a veterinarian as long as she can remember. That passion was evident growing up as she used to practice “surgery” skills on her favorite stuffed dog named DoDo.    

Vaughn Fish

Vaughn Fish  

Vaughn Fish (’17 DVM), a third year veterinary student at Washington State University, is interested in mixed animal medicine with an emphasis in equine medicine and food animal production.   

Kayela Rushing

Kayela Rushing

Kayela Rushing (’12 BS, ’17 DVM) is a third year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in small animal medicine. Originally from Wenatchee, Washington, she moved to Pullman in 2008.

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, our primary care programs in partnership with the Seattle Humane Society and Idaho Humane Society, 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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