Humane Society Alliance Education Program
“Seattle Humane helped me to reinforce my medical knowledge and clinical skills, allowing considerable hands on learning opportunities while I was there.”
Krysta Dawson (’20 DVM)
The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine partners with regional humane societies to give our students an extraordinary hands-on educational opportunity in community-based, wellness-centered, primary care 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 providing primary care and surgery for animals at one of three regional humane societies:
- Seattle Humane in Bellevue, WA
- Idaho Humane Society in Boise, ID
- Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman, WA
The Humane Society Program represents an excellent example of education while providing a service to our community partners. This rotation is designed to accomplish two goals: build skills and confidence of veterinary students through hands-on medicine and enhance the ability of shelters to treat the animals in their care. Between the three partners, there is space available for every 4th year DVM student to participate in this opportunity that allows them to perform 30 or more spay or neuter surgeries in two weeks.
Seattle Humane is a nonprofit managed-intake animal shelter in Bellevue, WA. Students spend half of their day performing spay, neuter or other common surgeries. The remaining time is focused on clinical cases, learning about the shelter or outreach activities like the One Health Clinic, Doney Coe Pet Clinic or Seattle Humane’s Pet Project. Students also can learn about the Seattle Humane behavior program and how animals are evaluated and, as needed, trained prior to adoption.
Idaho Humane is a nonprofit animal shelter that also provides animal control services for Ada County. Students spend half of their time performing spay, neuter or other common surgeries. They also can practice dentals or emergency medicine as case load allows. The remaining time is focused on providing care to animals owned by the shelter or low-income members of the community. They also learn how the shelter and animal control operate.
Whitman County Humane Society
Whitman County Humane Society is a nonprofit animal shelter that also provides housing for stray animals in Whitman County. Dogs and cats from the shelter are transported to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital for spay or neuter surgery to be performed by the students on the rotation in Pullman. They also receive a wellness exam, vaccines and microchips as needed. They are then returned to the shelter to be made available for adoption. Dogs and cats also come to Pullman for spaying and neutering from other regional and local shelters including:
- SpokAnimal in Spokane, WA
- Quincy Animal Shelter in Quincy, WA
- Hope's Haven in St. Maries, ID
- Humane Society of Central Washington, in Yakima, WA
- Humane Society of the Palouse in Moscow, ID
- Pet Rescue-Humane Society of Eastern Oregon, Hermiston, OR
- Blue Mountain Humane Society, Walla Walla, WA
- Adams County Pet Rescue, Othello, WA
More information about the Humane Society Alliance Education Program and our partners
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Interested in giving to this exceptional program?
For questions about giving, contact Christie Cotterill,
Associate Director of Development, at 206-219-2402
or by email
To make a gift by mail:
Please make check payable to the WSU Foundation and send to:
Veterinary Development Office
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010