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Leo Bustad Forum for Positive Change

Healthy Animals, Healthy People, Healthy Planet

This forum was started in the spring of 2007 by a small group of students who were just about to begin their senior year. They wanted to pass along their leadership projects and ideas to new students. The goals of the forum are in keeping with the vision of Dr. Leo Bustad, who said “if an established university is to attain and maintain excellence it must always be actively striving, maintaining flexibility, challenging and demanding more from faculty and students, and adding new faculty.” For a student in veterinary school it can seem overwhelming to try to enact change in addition to attending classes, extracurricular activities, family, and other obligations. Being able to pass along a project means it will carry on after the student has graduated and won’t be lost in the turnover. This website will serve to track the progress that has been made on various projects, so new students can start where a previous student left off. Even if a project lapses for a year or more, the information won’t be lost. This institutional memory also gives students perspective about what has been accomplished, and will hopefully inspire them to pursue new projects.


Create institutional memory of positive change
Encourage the creation of new outlets for compassion
Foster open communication in a positive environment
Provide networking and continuation of student and faculty projects

Dr. Kathy Ruby  


Education Memorial Program/Willed Body Program: 
A willed body, or educational memorial program (EMP), would allow clients at the veterinary teaching hospital the option of donating their pet’s body to be used for educational purposes.  This program is modeled after similar ones in the human medical field and would provide an alternative source of cadavers for our anatomy and teaching labs, while serving a public need to make meaningful donations. Benefits of a willed body program may include the incorporation of case-based learning in the first year of veterinary study, a decrease in the desensitization of veterinary students, and an increase in moral development of veterinary students.
Colony dog enrichment program
The goal of this program is to give positive human interaction and play-time to colony dogs housed at WSU for teaching purposes.  
Leo Bustad legacy
To enable the gift of Leo Bustad’s book Compassion: Our Last Great Hope to incoming veterinary students at the White Coat Ceremony. Delta Society
Animal models
Exploring options to abide by the three R’s (Refine, Reduce, and Replace) of animal use in the veterinary curriculum, such as the Haptic Cow rectal palpation simulator and Rescue Critters!® animal training mannikins.
Anesthesia course surveys about animal use
The classes of 2008 and 2009 were surveyed regarding what they knew about animal use in the anesthesia course before it began, and their views on the anesthesia curriculum.  The survey was intended to help define the use of live animals in the current curriculum from the student perspective.  The survey could be adapted to poll students from other veterinary schools or WSU graduates.  This topic would make an interesting senior paper. 
Behavior course in the curriculum
Behavior problems are one of the top reasons why pets are surrendered to animal shelters, so veterinary students must learn how to educate their future clients about animal behavior. 

IACUC student representative

New COLE scenario 
To prepare incoming students for the challenge of respectfully interacting with others from different backgrounds and ideologies.

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