My name is DeAnna Barone and I am a third year veterinary student at Washington State University. Like so many others, it has been a life-long dream of mine to work with animals and be a doctor. For as long as I could remember, I would sidle up next to our local vet and “help” him draw blood from our goat’s jugular vein or help medicate my animals. I am also lucky enough to be an only child and fairly indulged. Our house was a veritable medley of the pets that I continuously brought home!
Growing up on Whidbey Island, the culture shock was a bit extreme to move to Pullman in 2000. Where were all the trees and water? I completed my undergrad in Animal Science in 2003 and spent the next three years in Australia. I attended the University of New England (Armidale, NSW), worked on a 4 million acre cattle ranch, and was a polo technician. Great memories were made in the southern hemisphere.
After returning to the States, I realized that it was still a goal to attend vet school and applied, and was accepted, in the class of 2012. Experiences throughout my life have melded me from wishing to care for companion animals to a more detailed route. My passion is now International Infectious Disease Prevention with an emphasis in food animals.
Becoming an ambassador has allowed me to share my interests and pride in Washington State University and our associated vet program. From the hopefuls that remind us all of ourselves not so long ago to the family who wish to encourage them, every one of us has a common theme: to better the lives of animals and their human companions daily. With that, we live every day knowing that we will first do no harm and revel is the pleasure of the myriad aspects of veterinary medicine.