DC for Clients and Facilitators

Who are the Key Players?

Building Relationships with Clients

A Facilitator's Perspective

The Diagnostic Challenge Provides Real-World Experience

The Diagnostic Challenges are multidisciplinary, case-based exercises that began at WSU in 1991 to help students learn in a simulated "real world" setting. The exercises are now conducted collaboratively by instructors in Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Bacteriology/Mycology, Virology, Immunology and Toxicology. Visiting veterinarians, mostly WSU College of Veterinary Medicine alumni, play an increasingly important role as case facilitators. In addition, important contributions are made by faculty and staff in Radiology, Large and Small Animal Medicine, WSU's Animal Health Library, the CVM Office of Student Services and Biomedical Communications Unit.

2022 Dates

  • DC1: October 11-14 (Tuesday - Friday)
  • DC2: November 14-18 (Monday - Friday) 

Remember your Diagnostic Challenge? Well now DC needs you. Become a Facilitator or a "Client" and help train a new generation of veterinarians.

To become a facilitator contact Dr. Jeff Abbott at jabbott@wsu.edu or Dr. Rachel Halsey at r.halsey@wsu.edu

No time? Consider a gift to this exceptional program only at WSU.


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

In the News

Kyle Frandel - Facilitator

"I have hired a lot of students coming out of school (...) I'm certain that WSU students are better prepared to handle communication skills to gain the trust and respect of their clients."

Kyle Frandle - Facilitator

Gloria Hubach

"It's giving (the students) this sense of the range of stuff that they're going to need to know (...), and on top of all that explaining that to real people in the real world."

Gloria Hubach - Client

Iredale Marley - Student

"It's a really great opportunity for students to get out of the classroom and realize how much they've learned and how much they still have to learn."

Marley Iredale - Student


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Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

College Phone: (509) 335-9515
College Office: Bustad Hall, Room 110

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