College of Veterinary Medicine


At WSU, we are committed to training the country’s best veterinarians. Before students even take their first veterinary class, they begin their education with the Cougar Orientation and Leadership Experience (COLE), an off-site retreat designed to promote leadership skills and team building. By the time our students enter their second year they have already studied ethics, service, and leadership in veterinary medicine. In their second and third years, students take classes to learn skills in clinical communication, diagnostic reasoning and may elect to take a course on how to manage a veterinary practice. The fourth year is devoted to clinical practice, but our students are encouraged to train at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital from their very first year. Each year the hospital treats thousands of patients including companion animals, horses and livestock, and exotics (e.g., camels, reptiles, raptors).

Our students can also volunteer for programs such as the Pet Loss Hotline and Palouse Area Therapeutic Horseback program (PATH). The Pet Loss Hotline volunteer staff are WSU veterinary students who have been trained in grief education by a licensed therapist. By helping others, students can become better, more compassionate veterinarians. PATH provides recreational, therapeutic horseback riding for people with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities. Our PATH to Success equine program, which is directed at healthy youth development, improves child wellbeing through better social competence and dealing with everyday stress.

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