College of Veterinary Medicine

Student Services

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!



Dr. Doug Jasmer
Dr. Douglas Jasmer
Associate Dean of Student & Academic Affairs

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.

Dr. Patricia Talcott
Dr. Patricia Talcott
Director of Admissions

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.

Barbara Hodson Barbara Hodson
Admissions Coordinator

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.

Karen Hornfelt
Karen Hornfelt
Academic Coordinator

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.

Stacey Poler
Stacey Poler
Student Services Specialist/Recruiter

We are so pleased to welcome Stacey Poler who joined the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine team in December! She comes to us from the mathematics department at the University of Idaho, where she worked for seven years advising graduate and undergraduate students. After receiving a bachelor of science in biology and zoology from the University of Idaho in 2001, Stacey worked in a microbiology research lab for several years. Although she found the science intellectually invigorating, she found more joy in working with students in the lab. The position as our student services recruiter seemed like a natural fit. Stacey looks forward to working with students who share the same love for science and animals.

Stacey has lived on the Palouse since 1997. Upon arriving, she immediately fell in love with the community and knew she would never leave. Stacey shares her home with two dogs, a cat, two horses, three goats, 13 chickens, and one frog. When she isn’t spending time with the human or animal members of her family, Stacey teaches obedience classes or is competing with her own her Bloodhounds in conformation, obedience, rally and trailing.

Caitlin Estalilla
Caitlin Estalilla
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.

Rebecca Haley
Rebecca Haley
Admissions Office Assistant

I work with Barbara Hodson, Stacey Poler, 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)!

Rebecca Haley
Toni Kennedy
Program Assistant

I am very excited to be the newest member of the Student Services team in my role as Program Assistant. I work with Karen Hornfelt and Caitlin Estalilla to help ensure the success of our students here in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Before my current role, I worked in the Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences, here at WSU. I have always loved animals, especially dogs, and currently reside with “my girls” (Lizzie and Salsa, a Chi-Weenie and Chihuahua). I have worked in a medical environment most of my life, both human and animal, and have spent many years volunteering at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo and Valley Oak Animal Shelter, both in CA, where I was born and raised. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my son, knit, quilt, paint ceramics, watch documentaries and study wildlife. And I LOVE Mexican food!

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