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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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A dime in Time Donations to WSU PATH Program

by WSU CVM 1. March 2011 16:27

Thanks to everyone who supported PATH through the " A Dime in Time " program at the Moscow Food Co-op during the month of January!  By bringing your own shopping bag or cup and donating the 10-cent refund to PATH, the program received $549.70 (5497 dimes!).


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Donate to WSU PATH in January with the Moscow Food Co-op Dime Time” fund

by WSU CVM 4. January 2011 11:06

Are you living on the Palouse? When you shop at the Moscow Food Co-op during the month of January you can support the College of Veterinary Medicine PATH (Palouse Area Therapeutic Horsemanship) Program. Bring your own shopping bag or coffee cup and you will receive a 10-cent refund that you can donate to the “A Dime Time” fund. PATH provides recreational, therapeutic horseback riding for adults and children with disabilities.

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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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Spring Equine Newsletter

by WSU CVM 30. March 2009 18:22

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Winter 2009 Equine Newsletter

by WSU CVM 6. January 2009 13:23

The winter 2009 Equine Newsletter is now available at 

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Topics Include:

  • WSU’s equine “pass”-port
  • Strangles a serious equine disease, but not often fatal
  • Lameness in pregnant mares
  • Equine embryo transfer an involved but viable breeding option
  • MRI makes equine diagnosis and treatments more accurate and specific
  • WSU equine internal medicine scholarship honors dean
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