Crystal Liu, a second year veterinary student at Washington State University, is interested in small animal general practice and aquatic medicine. Originally from Western Washington, she grew up with literally dozens of rabbits in her backyard, which brought into focus her drive to go into veterinary medicine and help provide accessible veterinary care to owners in an inclusive manner. Although she thought general practice was the only way to go after graduation, she spent her senior year of college in the San Juan Islands and Crystal fell in love with marine mammal conservation and aquaculture work. She hopes that someday she can incorporate a career that allows her to spend time near the ocean and the mountains. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2018 with dual degrees in biochemistry and physiology. She then took a year off to go hiking around the country and worked at a small animal VCA clinic in Seattle before applying to WSU’s veterinary program.
As a veterinary student, Crystal has been keeping her schedule busy with her various club involvements including SAVMA vice president, Aquatics Club president, VBMA social media coordinator, Lab Animal secretary, and VCA student representative. During her first year, Crystal was the recipient of the CVM Excellence Award, Friends of the Veterinary College Scholarship, and the Jon A. McCurdy Scholarship. Following graduation in 2023, Crystal plans on moving back to Seattle to spend time with her family. She personally doesn’t have any pets at the moment but still manages to be covered in fur on a daily basis by her friends’ critters. When she’s not in school, Crystal enjoys watching movies with her friends, running in the Palouse, and breathing in the fresh crisp air when she’s on top of a mountain.