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by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04 Ph.D. | Photo by Henry Moore Jr.

Small gifts can add up to make a big difference. In 2009, Dr. Terri Alessio, WSU veterinary ophthalmology specialist, received a new height-adjustable examination table that has helped hundreds of her patients that she can now easily bring to eye level.

“It really helps for patient comfort,” said Dr. Alessio. “We can adjust the table to where the animal feels most comfortable.”

Before the ophthalmology group received the height-adjustable table, geriatric patients had to be lifted onto the table. Now the table can be lowered so that older patients can step on and then it is raised to just the right height. It can also be raised for smaller dogs and cats or lowered for big dogs.

“If a large dog feels like standing, the table can be lowered rather than asking the dog to lie down,” said Dr. Alessio.

Donations from many friends of the college made this purchase possible.

“When people make general donations to the college, we put the money in a fund that can be used for just these types of needs,” said Lynne Haley, director of development for the college. “People sometimes think a small gift doesn’t do much, but those gifts add up and can have a big impact.”

When she can, Dr. Alessio takes the height-adjustable table to the surgery room with her. But she hopes to someday have a second table.

“Our patients are more comfortable and relaxed,” said Dr. Alessio. “It has made an incredible difference.”