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Cherished Time and Memories with Hank

Story by Mia Patterson


Hank Enjoying a Day in the Field

Some still ask, and many may not know, that 11-year-old chocolate Labrador, Hank, has been living with a brain tumor (a meningioma) which was diagnosed almost three years ago after a significant and almost fatal seizure.

It was in the summer of 2015 when the Jeff and Tracy Varner family were going about their evening as normal. Tracy was upstairs bathing their 5- year-old daughters, twins Tessa and Taylor, while Jeff was downstairs watching television. While downstairs, Jeff heard an odd noise coming from the kitchen that sounded like Hank’s toenails rapidly tapping the floor. He turned to see Hank, the family’s then eight-year-old chocolate lab, staggering around the kitchen, foaming at the mouth, disoriented with blood tinged saliva all over the kitchen floor from his bleeding tongue; Hank was having a massive seizure.

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WSU Clinical Simulation Center

WIMU Simulation Lab

The WSU Clinical Simulation Center offers exceptional hands-on surgical training to veterinary students beginning their very first year. Simulation is used routinely to train human medical doctors, and WSU is a leader in advancing technical and clinical knowledge simulation training for veterinarians. At WSU, students and veterinarians have access to some of the most advanced medical models for training. Advanced training improves the care provided to veterinary patients. Students have the opportunity to use a variety of learning tools, from simulation models for basic suturing and models that give an accurate feel of actual exam to surgical operations and emergency room simulations. Students can also participate in various labs and activities to learn new skills and polish the skills they already have.  Because students are better prepared in basic and more advanced technical and clinical skills, they can enter the workforce with more confidence and the ability to work more independently. For hiring clinics, this means that WSU’s highly trained graduates are able to hit the ground running. The center’s mission is to provide a positive, enriching, and supportive educational environment at all levels of training. The labs are currently open to all WSU veterinary students, interns, and residents.  

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Featured Graduate | Nick Larson


Nick Larson (’18 DVM) is happy to return to his hometown of Sumner, Washington to practice as a small animal clinician at Sumner Veterinary Hospital. Growing up in Sumner it was his passion for working with people and their pets that drew him to WSU for both his undergraduate degree in animal sciences and the veterinary program. Nick worked as a small animal veterinary technician for many years, raised show pigs, and worked in the Midwest at a large swine production facility. His varied background showed him that whether pets or livestock, animals represent an intricate role within our family lives.

The training he received in the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine allowed him to support and strengthen these bonds. Nick credits much of his ability to be practice ready at the time of graduation to the numerous hours he spent as a student and teaching assistant in the Clinical Simulation Lab. “The Clinical Simulation Lab played a pivotal role in my growth as a student and allowed me to approach fourth year and clinical practice with confidence.” Nick is enjoying life as a small animal clinician, spending time with his standard poodle, Albus, and hopes to find himself back in the market of show swine production in the near future.


September 21
VMCAS Application Closed
GRE scores Due (School Code 4984)

September 24
WSU/WIMU Supplemental Application Closed

Sept - Dec
Application Review

Attention, prospective applicants to the WIMU Regional Program in veterinary medicine:
Dr. Patricia Talcott(Director of Admissions) and Stacey Poler(Recruiter) have been, and will be conducting recruitment travel this fall! Check out the recruitment schedule below to see if admissions representatives will be in your area and contact the Office of Admissions for more information at

Wednesday, September 26
Utah State University
Thursday, September 27
Brigham Young University, Idaho campus
Friday, September 28
Idaho State University
Monday, October 1
Boise State University
Northern Arizona University
Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
Tuesday, October 2
Arizona State University, Tempe campus
University of Arizona
Wednesday, October 3
University of Arizona
Wednesday, October 17
University of Providence
Thursday, October 18
Carroll College
College of Veterinary Medicine

Jacqueline Alford and Dog

Jacqueline Alford

Jacqueline Alford (’20 DVM), a third year veterinary student at Washington State University, was the first person in her family to graduate from college. She aspired to become a veterinarian since she was a small child. Her undergraduate career inspired a genuine passion for cattle and large animals, leading her to pursue a B.S. in animal science and M.S in ruminant nutrition at New Mexico State University.



Joe Marchell

Joe Marchell (’19 DVM) is a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University with an interest in small animal medicine and business management. Joe grew up in a small coastal community in New Hampshire. He spent time working in small animal veterinary clinics and dairy farms.



Emily Munday

Emily Munday (DVM ’20) is in her third year of veterinary school at Washington State University and is pursuing a career in aquatic veterinary medicine. Originally from Butte, Montana, Emily studied marine biology at Boston University and earned her master’s in environmental science from Washington State University.


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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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