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WSU Says Farewell to Shamal

by crd 19. August 2013 07:31

In July 2013, WSU said good-bye to a beloved and long-time member of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Shamal, a twenty-one year old Shagya Arabian gelding was originally presented in 2003 to the WSU-VTH for exercise intolerance and was treated for bacterial endocarditis involving his aortic and mitral valves. The gelding was used as an endurance horse but with the diagnosed heart condition, his owner made the decision to retire and donate him to WSU knowing that Shamal could provide a rich teaching experience for the veterinary program. Shamal not only fulfilled his owner’s intention with the hundreds of veterinary students and clinicians, who have listened to his heart, but the gelding also quickly became a favorite of the teaching herd horses for his kind demeanor. Some of his biggest fans were amongst the first year veterinary students of which there were many who until then had never worked around horses. A patient teacher, Shamal, helped these students learn about equine anatomy as a palpation horse.

After nearly a decade of being part of the WSU-VTH, in the past year Shamal began to show more progressive signs of heart failure despite medical therapy. Though a difficult decision it was decided that humane euthanasia was in his best interest. He went peacefully in his quiet and gentle way. Many students and clinicians came to pay their respects to Shamal, each with their own story to share of his impact on their lives. In the words of one instructor, “he has taught hundreds of students to become veterinarians…more than I could ever hope to do…”

Shamal will long be remembered in the hearts of the many.


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PATH to Success, Informational Meeting, Aug 27, 2012

by crd 21. August 2012 07:40

There will be a parent Information meeting for the fall session for Path to Success, an equine facilitated program for youth in grades 6-8. Children do not need to have horse experience.

The meeting will be Monday, August 27, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Cleveland Hall 160, on the WSU campus.

Parking is available in front of Cleveland. For information contact Phyllis Erdman, 335-1738 or or Sue Jacobson, 335-7347 or

For more information, go to

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PATH to Success - Equine Facilitated Program - Info Meeting Aug 20, 2012

by crd 10. August 2012 09:34

Path to Success - This is a 10 week program designed to strengthen children’s social skills by working with horses in a fun and safe environment.
Information and registration meeting – Monday, August 20, 2012, 7:00 pm
Lincoln Middle School - Library

Contact Sue Jacobson, 335-7347 - or
Phyllis Erdman, 335-1738 -

More Details


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Applications Open for WSU Path to Success Equine Facilitated Program

by WSU CVM 17. May 2012 14:04

Path to Success: A Shared Journey: An equine facilitated growth and learning experience for parent/child teams
This is a two-week intensive summer program designed to strengthen parent/child relationships and learn to work together on team building skills.

Applications are now open for the Summer 2012 program.

Informational meeting on June 13, 7 pm.


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WSU study confirms social value of working with horses

by WSU CVM 27. March 2012 12:59

PATH to Success is an equine-assisted learning program directed at healthy youth development. PATH to Success is the focus of a two-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the program’s effects on both social interactions and stress levels among fifth- through eighth-grade children.


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WSU PATH Horse is Recognized as the 2010 NARHA Equine of the Year

by WSU CVM 15. November 2010 10:05
Striker, a 27 year old gelding with 9 years of service in the WSU Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) program was recognized as the 2010 NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) Equine of the Year. Read about Striker’s contributions.

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WSU PATH to Success: Equine assisted growth and learning program

by WSU CVM 7. September 2010 07:49
FREE After school program for 5th-8th graders. PATH to Success is an equine assisted growth and learning program that facilitates the healthy development of 5th- 8th grade children. Sept 20 - Dec 16, 2010. Call Now: 509.335.7347

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WSU Equine Newsletter

by WSU CVM 15. July 2010 14:31

Summer edition of Equine News  includes:

  • Deworming strategies for healthier horses,
  • Veterinary Teaching Hospital receives upgraded CT scanner,
  • Straighten up! Foals with angular limb deformities,
  • Facts about horse care

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Donor Provides WSU Veterinary Hospital with New CT Scanner

by Admin 18. June 2010 16:11

Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital has installed a new, upgraded spiral, computed tomography (CT) scanner for use in both small and large animals, with undisclosed funds donated by a generous family. 

The VTH has had a CT scanner for more than two decades and a magnetic resonance imaging machine (MRI) since 1996.  With the new Toshiba Aquilion 16-slice spiral CT unit operational, both MRI and CT in WSU's veterinary college are among the most advanced complementary tools for diagnostic imaging in the profession.

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Spring Edition of the WSU Equine Newsletter

by Admin 1. April 2010 16:04
Horses are susceptible to infectious diseases, often caused by viruses and bacteria. Fortunately, owners can protect their horses against several potentially fatal diseases through vaccines that help establish immunity against them. Read this article and more in the Spring 2010 Equine Newsletter.

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