Meet the WSU CVM Student Services Team
The process of applying for veterinary school is not always an easy one, a
fact the Student Services Team at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine tries to
help manage. We want to help you the best we can so that your application and
admissions process will go as smoothly as possible. Chances are you may have a
few questions – so, whether you email us, call or even stop by – we thought
you'd like to know who it is you will be interacting with!
I am a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. My teaching responsibilities include Veterinary
Parasitology and graduate courses on infectious diseases and research. My research is directed at advancing biological
understanding of interactions between host animals and infectious diseases. The aim is to discover new applications for the control
of these diseases. A specific area of research is on gastrointestinal nematodes that infect livestock and humans. We are
investigating nematode intestinal proteins that function in nutrient digestion and acquisition by these parasites. A goal is to
develop new methods of immune control or chemotherapy by targeting critical intestinal proteins of gastrointestinal nematodes.
I am a professor in the department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience. I am a veterinary diagnostic toxicologist and serve as head of the Toxicology Section of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and the Analytical Sciences Laboratory. I teach veterinary toxicology in the second and fourth years of the veterinary medical curriculum. I am co-editor of Elsevier’s Small Animal Toxicology, Third Edition.
I process and answer all application questions for applying students. I set up interviews, tours of the hospital, send correspondence letters and brochures, and make sure each student has all the required information in their application packet for the admissions committee reviews during the admissions process. I work with the rest of the team to ensure that all current and future students receive the information they need to complete the application process, visit the school and get their DVM degree.
A little about myself: I enjoy all types of needlework, visiting the ocean, camping, riding 4-wheelers and being with my husband, our 3 grown daughters, their husbands and our 7 grandchildren. One of the first things you will notice if you ever visit my office is all my family photos.
Before my current position as Academic Coordinator in Student Services, I served as the program coordinator for clinical
communication, leadership and continuing education programs for the WSU CVM. Now, in my new role, my goal is one of helping
our DVM students to be successful while here at WSU.
Prior to joining the CVM team in 2007, I worked 27 years in K-12 education. I studied fine arts at Central Washington
University, and I’m a published illustrator.
My hobbies are . . . family, fishing, backpacking, camping, wildlife photography, and gardening. In the fall and winter
months you can find my husband and me, along with our cocker spaniel, steelhead fishing most weekends on the Snake and
Clearwater Rivers in Idaho.
Student Services Specialist/Recruiter
Together with, Dr. Patricia Talcott, Barbara Hodson and Rebecca Haley, I contribute as a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine admissions team.
My primary role as the recruiter for the WIMU program is to identify and connect with potential applicants to the DVM program. I also serve as the
primary contact for the CVM Student Ambassador Program.
I received my B.S. in Biology and Zoology from the University of Idaho, after which I worked in a research laboratory for five years studying the
evolution of antibiotic resistances in plasmids. Although I found the science incredibly invigorating, I found more joy in working with students
in the lab. This interest led me to an administrative position in the Department of Mathematics where I would have more impact on undergraduate and
graduate student advising and recruitment. As I grew in my position in the Department of Mathematics I found myself searching for a role that would
utilize both my scientific knowledge and my desire to work with students, and here I am!
At home I am the mother of two children, two dogs, two horses, three goats, one cat, several chickens and a toad. My hobbies include anything outdoors,
competing with my dogs in conformation, obedience and man trailing, teaching companion dog obedience and any activity involving my kids. My husband is a
source of endless support, without whom, none of this would be possible!
Student Services Office Assistant
In my current position, I work with Karen Hornfelt and LaRae Miller to ensure the success of DVM students by providing office support in the Dean’s Office. Prior to my work at the College of Veterinary Medicine I studied as a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at WSU. My research focused on collecting life-histories from the homeless population of Spokane, Washington, emphasizing aspects of the narrative that can tell us about the positioning of the homeless individual in the creation of their identity. Before WSU, I earned by Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University in 2011, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Women’s Studies.
At home, I am the proud mother of two beautiful cats, Max and Stella, who are Maine Coon rescues from the local shelter. When I am not at work I enjoy movies, theatre and music, cooking, photography, and frequenting the local library for new novels to read. When at all possible, I also like to head home to central Washington to visit my parents, two brothers, and sister-in-law.
Admissions Office Assistant
I work with Barbara Hodson and Dr. Patricia Talcott to help all those applying to the DVM program to have the most informative and fulfilling experience possible. I assist in arranging tours, coordinating application materials, and facilitating interviews and related activities.
Before joining the staff at the College of Veterinary Medicine, I received my B.F.A. in theatre from the University of Idaho, and traveled around the Pacific Northwest touring with Missoula Children’s Theatre. Outside of the office, my favorite activities include reading, spending time with my family, and taking long walks with my husband and two cairnoodles (toy poodle - cairn terrier crosses)!