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College of Veterinary Medicine Advance Newsletter

No more pennies for this lucky duck

Veterinary technician holding the duck
For ducks, pennies don’t bring much luck -- a one-cent coin could actually cost them their life. That was the case for Wazzu, an Indian Runner duck who showed up at Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital this spring struggling to walk, losing weight fast, and feeling ill. » More ...

Message from the Dean: Final weeks as interim dean

Portrait of Bob Mealey
Summer is upon us, and here I am writing my last Advance column as interim dean. The days are long, the weather is beautiful, and our Class of 2020 graduated in May despite all the challenges presented by COVID-19. Our faculty have really stepped up to deliver our curriculum in creative and effective ways in the absence of face-to-face instruction, and our students have shown incredible resiliency. Our Class of 2021 senior students are now in their clinical rotations after a bit of a delay, and we are actively working on a hybrid approach to deliver our undergraduate, graduate and first through third year veterinary curricula in the fall using a mix of face-to-face and online instruction. » More ...

A Heart as Good as Gold: Susan Goebel

When she was four years old, Susan Goebel’s mom and dad took her Christmas shopping in Topeka, Kansas. It was her dad Wilbur’s job to keep Susan entertained while her mom, Betty, did the shopping. Knowing she loved animals, Wilbur took Susan to the pet section so she could see the kittens. But when it came time to leave to find Betty, Susan refused to go. “I am not going; I want my cat,” she said. Wilbur bought her a kitten. » More ...

Coming Together: 650 Masks and Counting

Wearing donated cloth masks
In their Oregon home, Liz and Frank Wallace have a well-orchestrated production line for making cloth masks. Frank draws around the template and cuts out the fabric. Liz does the sewing. Then Frank pulls out the pins and strings the elastic. “We are a production team,” says Liz. They started making masks for the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital after learning the hospital’s staff needed them to stay healthy while treating animal patients. » More ...