College of Veterinary Medicine

Development & External Relations 

Creativity in Teaching Fund

Supporting veterinary education through creative teaching, curricular innovation, and enhancement of learning facilities

Endowment for Creativity in Teaching

The Endowment for Creativity in Teaching was established in 1995 by Dr. Stephen Hines using a $25,000 national teaching award received in recognition of the college's Diagnostic Challenge exercises. The endowment has grown since then thanks to additional teaching awards, memorial gifts, and the generosity of alumni and friends of the college.

Gifts to the Creativity in Teaching Fund are used exclusively to support and improve veterinary education at the college. All expenditures from the fund directly benefit our students through creative approaches to teaching and learning, enhanced curriculum and learning experience, and improved facilities for our students. The fund continues to help support the Diagnostic Challenges.

Some of the programs that are supported by the Creativity in Teaching Fund include:


Animal Health Library

With the help of alumni, faculty, and friends, the Animal Health Library (formerly the Health Sciences Library) is being re-invented as a student-centered, study-friendly space. A gift to the "Endow a Chair (or maybe a table) Campaign" will be used to purchase new tables and chairs, comfortable sofas, and create modern student workspaces.

Program Details from Dr. Steve Hines

The Diagnostic Challenge

The Diagnostic Challenges, a nationally recognized program, were established in 1991 by Drs. Steve Hines and Guy Palmer. The exercises give veterinary students an opportunity early in their training to break out of the routine of lectures and labs and apply their developing knowledge and problem solving skills to real-world, clinical cases.

This innovative teaching approach is a clinical simulation, based in problem-based learning theory. Working in small teams with a volunteer “client” and an assigned case facilitator, students are challenged to arrive at a clinical diagnosis using basic principles of pathophysiology, clinical pathology, infectious disease, public health, and toxicology. Many of our case facilitators are alumni of the college who now work in private practice or at other institutions.

Creativity in Teaching funds help support the development of new Diagnostic Challenge cases and provide limited travel funds for students and other challenge participants. In conjunction with college teaching funds and support from the dean’s office, the Endowment for Creativity in Teaching helps provide the infrastructure needed to sustain this innovative program

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Other Programs

The Endowment for Creativity in Teaching is used to support a variety of other endeavors in veterinary student education including individualized teaching and learning.  Our students are our number one resource and our greatest pride!  For more information contact Dr. Steve Hines.

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

For questions about giving, contact Lynne Haley, Director of Development, at (509) 335-5021 or

The Animal Health Library is located in Wegner Hall

Diagnostic Challenges  – Class of 2008
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