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Humane Society Alliance Education Program

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Humane Society Alliance Education Program


Seifert and Wicklund holding puppies
Ryan Seifert (’15 DVM) & Andrew Wicklund (’15 DVM)

“My experience at the Seattle Humane Society made me a much better and more confident surgeon.”

Caitlin Dooley (’14 DVM), medical director at the Nashville Humane Association.

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine has partnered with regional humane societies to give our students an extraordinary educational opportunity in community-based, wellness-centered, primary care facilities during their final year in school. The experience better prepares them to enter the workforce after graduation.

Students can now elect to spend two weeks during their final year of veterinary school at one of two regional humane societies:

The Shelter Medicine Program at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU CVM) represents an excellent example of animals in teaching providing a service to our community partners. In 2015-2016, more than 1,000 have visited WSU for this service free of charge, including transportation to and from their contracting home shelter. Dogs and cats from shelters in an approximate 200 mile radius from Pullman are transported from their shelters to WSU CVM where they are vaccinated, examined, receive a spay or neuter surgery, are microchipped and are returned to their shelters of origin as more adoptable pets.

More than 1000 animals aided in 2015-2016"

Besides helping to address the global needs of the humane organizations and the role they play in animal health and population control, the program is designed to ensure veterinary students are trained to do surgery under the observation of clinical faculty.  A legion of additional volunteers and staff shuttle dogs and cats between shelters every day taking adoptive animals to areas of demand, placing far more dogs and cats than ever. By spaying and neutering homeless animals, veterinary medicine is playing an important part in keeping stray populations down and helping these animals to find a new forever home.

To bring more animals to WSU for spaying and neutering, the college also partners with other regional and local shelters including:

  • SpokAnimal in Spokane, Wash.
  • Quincy Animal Shelter in Quincy, Wash.
  • Hope's Haven in St. Maries, Idaho
  • Humane Society of Central Washington, in Yakima, Wash.
  • Humane Society of the Palouse in Moscow Idaho
  • Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman Wash.
  • Pet Rescue-Humane Society of Eastern Oregon, Hermiston, Ore.
  • Blue Mountain Humane Society, Walla Walla, Wash.
  • Adams County pet rescue, Othello, Wash.

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For questions about giving, contact Christie Cotterill,
assistant director of development, at 206-219-2402
or cotterill@vetmed.wsu.edu.

To make a gift by mail: 
Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:
Christie Cotterill
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

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