College of Veterinary Medicine

The People-Pet Partnership

Collaborators: Learning and Living Together: Building the Human-Animal Bond: Online Version

Francois Martin, M.A., Ph.D. (former Project Coordinator). Dr. Martin, a WSU faculty member from 1998-2007, was the successor of Dr. Leo K. Bustad as the head of the People-Pet Partnership (PPP) program at the College of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests focused on how the human-animal bond influences the practice of veterinary medicine and veterinary education.

Dr. Martin was the co-coordinator of the required DVM course titled Success in Veterinary Medicine. The class explores  the balance between the science and art of veterinary medicine including ethical decision making, pet loss and grief, self care, the impaired professional, legal issues, animal rights and animal welfare, and the human-animal bond. He also taught Reverence for Life, a course that investigated connections between living things, especially humans and animals in Western societies, as well as veterinary education, and social issues related to veterinary medicine. Dr. Martin oversaw the WSU Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) program which provides horseback riding lessons to people with disabilities. PATH is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATHI) (previously North American Riding for the Handicapped Association [NARHA]). 

Dr. Martin was also the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Animal Well-being (CSAW) at WSU. The CSAW generates and disseminates new knowledge aimed at improving the well-being of animals to enhance the mutual benefits of human-animal interactions and to develop and present educational and public service programs on animal well-being and human-animal interactions.

In the fall of 2007, Dr. Martin became the section leader for the behavior group at the Nestl� Purina PetCare Product Technology Center in St Joseph, Missouri. He is responsible for the development of innovative well-being canine and feline testing methodologies.

Cheryl R. Dhein (Technical Project Coordinator). Dr. Dhein, DVM, MS Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine) is an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the head of Instructional Technology, Veterinary Information Systems since 1996. Dr. Dhein instructs classes in the use of software applications as it relates to the development of teaching materials. Her primary responsibility is to integrate technology into both the CVM student curriculum and the curriculum for continuing education courses for practicing veterinarians. Dr. Dhein has designed and continues to maintain much of the content of the college's website. In addition to supervising the technical aspects of project development, Dr. Dhein served as an advisor on veterinary medical aspects of the project.

Lynda Paznokas (Pedagogy Consultant). Dr. Lynda Paznokas is the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science Education in Washington State University's Department of Teaching and Learning. She prepares future and current K-8 teachers to teach science. Prior to coming to WSU in 1999, she was a science educator at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. She has also been an elementary/middle school teacher and a district curriculum director in Oregon and Washington. In 1982, she was the Oregon Teacher of the Year and in 2002 she received the Marian E. Smith Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching at WSU. She writes curriculum books for teachers, serves on national science committees, and does educational consulting around the world-but her real passion is the time she and her husband spend with their three border collies at their home in the country!

Jennifer Farnum  Assistant Content Coordinator - grades 1-3

Claire Huntsberry   Assistant Content Coordinator - grade 4

Nicholas Brazeau  (System Developer - grades 1- 3)

Robert Mitchell (Media Editor)



  • K-1: Robin Rilette
  • 2nd Grade: Casey Negreiff
  • 3rd Grade: Sueann Ramella, Robin Rilette, Robert Mitchell, Dan Maher, Patrick Braillard, David Thompson, Jesse Calixto
  • 4th Grade: Robin Rilette, Sueann Ramella, David Fuller


Grades 1-3 were sponsored by The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

The development of the grade four curriculum was sponsored in part by the Banfield Charitable Trust .

Last Edited: Jul 13, 2011 12:05 PM   

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