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  • Ronald L. Persing ('54 DVM) - July 28, 2017

    Ronald L. Persing ('54 DVM) - July 28, 2017

    Dr. Persing (Washington State '54), 88, Springfield, Oregon, died July 28, 2017. He worked as a staff pathologist for Battelle Laboratory in Columbus, Ohio, prior to retirement in 1995. As part of the biomedical team of the laboratory, Dr. Persing participated in pathologic and toxicologic studies of chemicals and drugs. Earlier, he served in the Air Force Veterinary Corps for 20 years, retiring in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel. During that time, Dr. Persing worked at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.; the Air Force weapons laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and the biomedical division of the former United States Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Maryland.

    His daughter and son, and six grandchildren survive him. Memorials may be made to Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA 99164.

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  • Alfred Lee Hallowell ('57 DVM) - November 2, 2017

    Alfred Hallowell

    Alfred Lee Hallowell ('57 DVM) - November 2, 2017

    Longtime Washington horseman and respected equine reproduction specialist, A. L. "Bud" Hallowell, 85, passed away at home on November 2, 2017. Bud was appointed to the Washington Horse Racing Commission in December 2004 upon the death of fellow veterinarian Dr. Robert Mead. He served until December 2012 when he resigned to care for his ailing wife. He had first been licensed by the WHRC in 1954.

    He was born in Yakima on September 21, 1932, to Russell and Ruth Hallowell, joining his sister Mary. His love of horses led him, at the age of 12, to begin hot-walking horses at Longacres Racetrack in Renton. He graduated from Highline High School, the same school from which his future wife, Pat, also graduated. Bud attended Washington State College and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1957.

    Bud practiced veterinary medicine in Washington from 1957 to 1963, working for clinics in Ellensburg and Centralia before becoming the farm veterinarian for the Agnew family’s T-9-O Ranch in Tenino. In January of 1964 the family moved to Kentucky to allow Bud to work with famed equine practitioner Dr. William McGee. After spending the 1964 breeding and foaling season in Lexington, he turned down an offer to remain in practice with Dr. McGee and returned to Washington to start a private equine practice. During the remaining years of his veterinary career he specialized in work concerned with breeding and foaling horses, mainly Thoroughbreds.

    Beginning in the mid-1960s, he and Pat became commercial Thoroughbred breeders. Among the many good horses the Auburn couple bred was 1981 Washington champion three-year-old Tavy Blue, whose dam Miss Peone was named Washington broodmare of the year that same season.

    The longtime WTBOA member served on the WTBOA board of directors, as sales veterinarian and on the sales, magazine and various other committees, as well as on various industry-related committees and advisory boards, including the board of the Washington Thoroughbred Foundation.

    He was a lifetime member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCT).

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia, in 2014; and daughter, Laurie Rae Weiss, in 2013. Bud is survived by his sister, Mary Auvil; daughter, Lynn Hallowell; son-in-law, Rolf Torgerson; granddaughter, Lysne Torgerson; and grandson-in-law, Jeff Stein.

    *As published by Washington Horse Racing Commission 

  • WSU Begins Search For Elk Hoof Disease Expert

    A new law this year makes Washington State University the lead on future elk disease research.

    Washington officials first discovered the bacteria in Cowlitz County in the late 90s. It’s since spread across southwest Washington with some confirmed cases as far north as Skagit County.

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  • WSU Regents approve design phase for two research buildings

    VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington State University Board of Regents today approved moving forward with the design phase for two new research and laboratory facilities planned for the Pullman campus.
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  • Kathy Grimes, Tyson Durfey off to strong starts at National Finals Rodeo

    Kathryn KunkaKathy Grimes, Tyson Durfey off to strong starts at National Finals Rodeo - Kathy Grimes (Kunka), DVM

  • Robert Whitaker ('54 DVM) - November 5, 2017

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    Robert Whitaker ('54 DVM) - November 5, 2017

    Dr. Robert P. Whitaker Passed on to be with Jesus, surrounded by his family, November 5, 2017. He was born in Whittier, CA in 1923. He served in the Army Veterinary Corps from 1943-46. His regard for animals led him to graduate from Washington State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1954. Bob loved his profession, and spent 28 years in his practice, Clover Park Veterinary Hospital, in Lakewood, WA. Bob met and married the love of his life, Jean, while at WSU. They were married for 68 years. He is survived by his wife Jean, his daughters Mary Kay and Lynn, his son Steve, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Bob's honor at 11:00 AM November 10, 2017 at Mission Woods Presbyterian Church, 2003 Taylor Street, Edgewood, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Washington State Veterinary Scholarship Fund, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 8, 2017

  • Summer SURE Student Wins ABRCMS Award

    Melissa Vargas, a summer SURE student in Dr. Rita Fuch's lab, won an award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. 
  • Aimee Witherspoon ('79 DVM) - October 5, 2017

    Aimee Witherspoon 

    Aimee Witherspoon ('79 DVM) - October 5, 2017

    In memory of Dr. Aimee Witherspoon
  • Walter Sheppard, CRB member and Entomology Chair is our bee expert!

    Honey bee experts host open house

    WSU’s honey bee experts are hosting an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Brelsford WSU Visitor Center.

    Meet members of the WSU Honey Bees and Pollinators team, sample WSU honey and learn about the WSU Honey Bee and Pollinator Research Facility. Don’t forget to pick up a free honey stick or two. The event coincides with Dad’s Weekend.

    WSU Honey is available for purchase at the visitor center. Additional event details are available at, or 509-335-4636. More information about the WSU Honey Bees and Pollinators program can be found at

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  • 'Neural Echoes': Kindra Crick And The Science Of Creativity

    Fueled by artistic passion and innate curiosity, Kindra Crick bases her work on scientific research. Using a confocal microscope, Crick and collaborator Dr. John Harkness at Washington State University capture photo images of neurons. Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • Michael Bellinghausen ('84 DVM) - Veterinarian of the Year

    Dr, Michael Bellinghausen Michael Bellinghausen ('84 DVM) - Veterinarian of the Year

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  • One Million Dogs…And Counting: WSU Rabies Vaccination Teams Make Profound Impact in East Africa

    Pet Connection Magazine
  • Click Here To Check Out Our New Goat and Sheep Website!

    Click Here to check out our new goat and sheep website!
  • FDA Releases 2015 National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System Integrated Report

  • Third faculty member from Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health elected to National Academy of Medicine

    WSU Insider
  • How to end human deaths from rabies: lessons from Kenya

    The Conversation
  • WSU researchers expand rabies vaccinations to Africa

      Daily Evergreen
  • National Academy of Medicine elects 80 new members

    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Jaak Panksepp

    Dr. Brendan Walker published an article in Neuropsychoparmacology to honor Dr. Jaak Panksepp, who passed away this past spring. The article is available here: Jaak Panksepp: Pioneer of Affective Neuroscience
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