College of Veterinary Medicine

Development & External Relations 

The Heritage Scholarship Fund 
Supporting Tomorrow's Veterinarians

Let's look at the facts:

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  • Since 1975, annual tuition at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine has increased about 2,900% to $25,439 a year.
  • Since 1980, starting salaries for new veterinary graduates have increased less than 62% to an average of $48,673 across all types of practice
  • Upon entrance to veterinary school, students nationwide bring with them an average educational debt of $10,454.
  • Nationwide more than 72% of 2,262 DVM graduates (2010) responding carried educational debt out the door.
  • WSU veterinary students owing an average of $107,000 each. Nationwide the average is almost $134,000.

It's a sobering reality that veterinarians entering the profession today will have a difficult time positioning themselves to buy into an existing practice in the next 10 years - a time when retiring veterinarians will need them most.
The Heritage Scholarship Fund is a way for alumni to give back to their school, making WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine the foremost alumni-giving institution in the state's higher education system. Giving to the Heritage Scholarship Fund is also a way for friends of the college to make meaningful contributions to excellence in veterinary education.

For questions about giving, contact Lynne Haley, Director of Development, at (509) 335-5021 or, or see our Heritage Scholarship Brochure

To make a gift by mail:
Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:

Lynne Haley
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

Last Edited: Jun 16, 2014 11:27 AM   

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