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.

2021 Dates

  • DC1: October 12-15 (Tuesday - Friday)
  • DC2: November 15-19 (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. Steve Hines at sahines@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

Thank you for supporting the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine's Diagnostic Challenges!

Apr 27, 2020
Thank you for supporting the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Challenges this year. As we protect public health and distance ourselves from classrooms and labs this spring, we reflect on what makes this training so special.
We are committed to training the country’s best veterinarians. 
During the annual Diagnostic Challenges, students diagnose patients and work with volunteer clients in a simulated setting comparable to what they will experience someday in their own practice. Here are some 2019 program highlights: 

  • 134 second year veterinary students
  • 30 volunteer facilitators (24 alumni)
  • 27 volunteer clients (17 family members)
  • 2 week-long simulations during fall semester
  • 14 different cases (8 new cases developed thanks to donations)

We hope you are happy and proud as well. Thank you for making this unique, WSU-invented program work!

For the many of you who have asked, it’s still too soon to know how the Diagnostic Challenges might need to be modified this fall in this year of COVID-19.  As always, we will no doubt be counting on the many volunteers and supporters who have long made the exercises work for so long. To stay up to date on the latest in our program, visit us at go.vetmed.wsu.edu/Innovation.

I look forward to connecting with you again soon. Until then, take good care and Go Cougs!

Stephen A. Hines, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Director, CVM Teaching Academy and Diagnostic Challenge Program

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


Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine

PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

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

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