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American Quarter Horse Association Scholarship Recipient


Fourth year student Dusty Anderson (’17 DVM) has recently been named the recipient of the Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). The selection process for this $35,000 scholarship is extremely competitive. Dusty credits his receipt of this scholarship in part to the access WSU students have to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. “From the very first day of class you have a badge that lets you in the whole entire hospital. You can walk out in the barn, watch a lameness evaluation, any surgical procedure, anything they’re doing in the ICU.” Dusty made sure to take full advantage of this access to the hospital, getting a job as an on-call surgical tech only two weeks into his first year – a job he continued to work until the start of fourth year. Helping with colic surgeries and different emergencies at night presented Dusty with even more opportunities to get hands-on experience. Dusty’s participation in WSU’s chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has also made a huge impact on his equine education at WSU. “WSU has an awesome chapter of the AAEP and they have done many different wet labs, from lameness evaluations to working with different farriers, dentals, and opportunities to take trips and work on a dude ranch.” All this experience, coupled with mentorship within the college, made Dusty the ideal candidate for the Margaret A. Haines Telephony Scholarship. “I have one-on-one relationships with every person, every doctor in this hospital. They take you aside, let you know what you’re doing wrong and right. WSU just feels like home, like a big family.”

Receiving this scholarship from the American Quarter Horse Association will make a huge difference as Dusty goes on to pursue his professional goals after graduating from WSU. “It honestly cut my debt load in half. Now I can take an internship and get the loads of experience that will come with it and not have to worry about the tremendous amount of debt load I would have had.”