College of Veterinary Medicine

FAQ: Student Life


"I choose WSU because of the supportive and positive atmosphere. During my visit as an applicant, I quickly noticed that the veterinary students were not only thriving academically, but also enjoying the camaraderie and learning environment."

-Justina Valgento (’17 DVM) from Arizona. She plans to go into small animal private practice after graduation.


"Across the country, the core medical curriculum at veterinary colleges is pretty similar, but WSU’s supplemental curriculum sets it apart. The clinical skills laboratory put me ahead in basic surgical skills, and the communications classes prepared me to work with people of all different backgrounds. And our student-driven culture has allowed me to take on leadership roles, and develop management experience and non-technical skills like public speaking."

-Tomasina Lucia (’14 DVM) from Connecticut. She will complete a small animal rotating internship at Cornell University in 2015 and plans to go on to a residency to become board certified in internal medicine. Her long-range plans include a Ph.D. in Global Infectious Disease to eventually work in Global Animal Health.




"Two great learning experiences at WSU are the week of diagnostic challenge and an in-depth communications course. In the diagnostic challenge we work through real cases—everything from disease identification to financial burdens that our clients may have. The communications course focuses on our interaction with future clients. We learn the skills to deal with anything that can come through our door."

—Clifford King (’15 DVM) from Utah. He plans to own a dairy practice when he graduates.


"I chose WSU for vet school over two other options, because the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine is a family where you know everyone and people support one another. I know that I could never have been this happy at another school—WSU was right for me."

-Sami Barber ('15 DVM) from Montana. She plans to return to Montana to work as a mixed or small animal practitioner.




"WSU is one of the only veterinary programs in the United States to begin teaching surgical skills in the first year. I feel confident that a few years of practice, instead of few months, will be very important for my skill and performance when I begin performing surgery on live animals."

— Jenifer Ness (’16 DVM) from North Dakota. Her goal is to work in wildlife veterinary medicine.


"Communication and people skills are two of the most common things hiring practices are looking for in new employees. WSU takes pride in being the forefront leaders in veterinary communication education. I feel that with this extra tool in the curriculum, I am able to fulfill a hiring practice’s needs with so much more than technical and medical knowledge."

— Logan Potts (’14 DVM) from New Mexico. After graduation he plans to complete an internship in equine surgery.




"At WSU each individual has an opportunity to branch out and experience the different areas of veterinary medicine, whether it is exotics, large animal, small animal, research, or theriogenology. We have a wide range of classes that encompasses almost all aspects of veterinary medicine to give us a good foundation. "

— Rian Calugcugan (’15 DVM) from Hawaii. He hopes to return to Hawaii and work in marine animal and exotic veterinary medicine.



What is there to do in Pullman?
With a true four-season climate, there is excellent outdoor recreation available ranging from hiking, renowned golf courses, and whitewater rafting to mountain biking and both water and snow skiing, as well as theater and arts. Pullman is also home to the National Lentil Festival, the Chipman Trail (an 8+ mile paved trail that connects the communities of Pullman and Moscow, Idaho), and Ferdinand’s (known for delicious ice cream and world-famous award-winning Cougar Gold cheese). WSU features lectures by public figures such as Tom Brokaw and Jane Goodall, art exhibits by Roy Lichtenstein, and performances on campus by top entertainers such as Elton John, Jay Leno, Dierks Bentley, Mercy Me, Taylor Swift, and Everclear.

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