Dr. Jenifer Gold
Associate Professor - Equine Internal Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Dr. Jen Gold is one of many exceptional teachers and committed faculty at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, but her eagerness to share her knowledge, not only of equine medicine but also of the veterinary profession, truly sets her apart. Outside the doors of classrooms and clinics, Dr. Gold invites students to take part in her research and practice more technical skills; her work on exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in barrel racing horses allowed students to assist in anesthesia, use state-of-the-art endoscopy, and perform advanced diagnostic sampling techniques otherwise out of reach until after graduation.
However Dr. Gold’s most storied passion is certainly for mentorship. Like any specialty hospital, the VTH can be hectic and overwhelming for both clinicians and students, especially as senior students attempt to pass national exams, attain licenses, and find their first posts as budding veterinarians between clinical rotations. Amid this excitement and uncertainty, Dr. Gold remains genuinely interested in each student’s goals, personally ensuring they have the resources and support they need to achieve them. She invariably makes time in her busy schedule to discuss coursework, work-life balance, personal interests, and career paths, even helping students review employment contracts so they can accept their first jobs as doctors with confidence.
Dr. Gold is an accomplished teacher and a skilled veterinarian, but it is this irrepressible commitment to care for her students in addition to her patients that makes her an extraordinary person. – contributed by members of the WSU DVM Class of 2017