The Canine Club was formed to promote an interest and knowledge of dogs through education, community involvement, and development of personal interests.
Every year the club hosts an annual Canine Canter. The event is held Saturday of WSU's Mom's Weekend in April and is open to the public. It is a 5k run/walk that students, staff, faculty and the general public can enter with their canine companions. Early registrants receive a t-shirt on race day featuring a student-designed logo on the front. The race route is on campus which makes participants visible to the high influx of people on campus that weekend. This event is the club's biggest fundraiser for the year. The club uses the funds raised from this event and others to bring in lecturers from across the country to WSU to provide members with a broad education that supplements our core curriculum. Lectures are focused on topics specific to the interests of our members. Such topics include canine health, nutrition, behavior and training.
The Canine Club also uses its funds to host "wet labs" for current veterinary students, which provide an extra opportunity to get hands-on training for skills such as performing physical examinations and blood typing patients. In the past, if the funds raised by the Canine Club have been more than what is needed to provide such service to our members, the Canine Club has made donations to the local humane society.