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College of Veterinary Medicine Advance Newsletter

Congratulations to our 2018 Alumni Awards Recipients

Dean Slinker and Dr. Abbott are holding the plaque.
Congratulations to Louise Abbott (’88 DVM) who received the Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research and Scott Bender (’94 BVSc, ’95 DVM) who received Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Practice.  Guy Palmer (’84 PhD) received the Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award. The awards were presented at the college's annual Spring Conference in March 2019. » More ...

Message from the Dean: Looking ahead in 2019

Bryan Slinker, dean of the college
As we begin 2019, I remain ever thankful for the efforts of our college’s faculty and staff, supported by our many friends and stakeholders. We seek to lead the way in the Drive to 25, President Schulz’s goal to position WSU as a top 25 research university by 2030. This is a daunting task, and, although we may not fully achieve this vision, we will be vastly improved from aspiring to do so. » More ...

Eight Lives for Thomas the Wonder Cat

Thomas the cat sitting on a scale
As we walk into the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, I can hear my cat’s meows getting louder and a lot longer. The last one seemed to have lasted 20 seconds. I start to wonder how any cat can possibly meow that long without taking a breath. “It’s okay, we’re going inside now,” I say in a futile effort to calm Thomas, our domestic short hair gray tabby. He has been meowing almost nonstop ever since we left the house. » More ...

A painted horse helps students learn anatomy

Veterinary student examining a live horse with painted horse in the background.
A life-sized painted fiberglass horse will now help WSU undergraduate and veterinary students learn anatomy thanks to a generous donor. “Understanding where organs are located relative to each other can be challenging for learners to grasp,” says Cynthia Faux, clinical assistant professor in the WSU Department of Integrated Physiology and Neuroscience. “Having a life-sized model to compare to a live horse can help them develop this necessary clinical skill and put organ relationships in perspective.” » More ...

Teaching science students visual literacy life skills

Erika Offerdahl and Jessie Arneson
Students who study molecular biosciences can’t actually see what they are learning. “We can never see with our eyes the things we study,” says Erika Offerdahl, a biochemist and associate professor in the WSU School of Molecular Biosciences. “It is hard to directly see beyond the sub-cellular level, so as students we learn through representation.” » More ...