College of Veterinary Medicine

WSU Prospective Veterinary Student Blog

Michelle - DVM Student Ambassador

by Abbie 20. January 2010 10:30

Hi, my name is Michelle and I am currently a second year student at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  I am from Bellevue, WA and love visiting the west side of the state when I have time.  I also attended Washington State University for my undergraduate education focusing on Animal Sciences with a Pre-Veterinary emphasis.  I applied to veterinary school after attending three years of undergraduate as a junior and was accepted.  I elected to not finish my Bachelors of Science and just start veterinary school. 

My interest in veterinary medicine started when I was in high school and our family adopted our very first dog.  That’s right; I didn’t get my first dog until I was 16!  For as long as I could remember, science has always been my favorite subject and medicine always amazed me.  I began working as a veterinary assistant/non-certified veterinary technician at a small animal hospital in Bellevue the summer after my first year of college and continue to work at the same place every summer, including any school vacations.  More...

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WSU Recruitment transition

by Abbie 24. November 2009 20:28

Hello everyone!I just wanted to post a brief note to update you on a transition that is occurring in our Admissions-Recruitment office and will impact who you contact in the future. 

I have taken a different position in the College of Veterinary Medicine, still in Student Services, but as the academic coordinator for the DVM program.  I am stepping into the very large shoes of Barb Robbins, who worked in the position for 30+ years. I am excited to continue working with the DVM students, just on the other side of admissions! 

A search is currently underway to hire my replacement, but the start date is as yet undetermined.  Until the new recruiter is on-board, Barbara Hodson (Admissions program coordinator) and Dr. Patricia Talcott (Director of Admissions) should be your primary contacts.           

Barbara Hodson  

Dr. Patricia Talcott       

I have very much enjoyed working with our prospective students and look forward to working with those who are admitted to the WSU DVM program! Best wishes~  Abbie


WSU CVM administers first-of-its-kind cancer treatment

by Abbie 23. October 2009 10:04

Check out a full article on this exciting breakthrough at the Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine! 


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Meet Nicole! DVM Student Ambassador

by Abbie 5. October 2009 09:58


Hi, my name is Nicole and I am currently a second year student in the WSU VetMed program.  I am originally from Helena, Montana.  I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biotechnology-Animal Systems from Montana State University in 2008.  I have always wanted to be a veterinarian and I am still ecstatic that I was accepted into vet school.  

In the last few years, my interest has shifted from doing a mixed equine practice to equine orthopedics.  I would like to specialize in equine support limb laminitis.  Ideally, I hope to attain an internship followed by a residency.  I love Montana, so eventually I hope to return and have a mixed equine practice and handle orthopedic equine cases on the side. More...


Jobs in Demand - Veterinarians!!

by Abbie 17. August 2009 13:24

Just got this link from the Seattle Times...looks like Veterinary Medicine is still a solid career path - as if any of you doubted that! Laughing


Saving money in vet school

by Abbie 12. August 2009 07:40

Well it's no big secret that vet school costs A LOT!  Anything you can do ahead of time and while you're in the program to save money is going to help -- and I just received the following link for a helpful list of 100 things you can do to save money here and there to put yourself in a better financial position for the pont when you do get to go into a DVM program.

Thanks so much for the tip Amber!

"100 Money-Saving Hacks for Living Large on a Student Budget (

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DVM Ambassador - Dani

by Abbie 21. July 2009 08:52

Hi, my name is Dani and I am a third year vet student at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I also went to WSU for undergrad, and I received my Bachelor's in Zoology, with a pre-vet emphasis.  I decided to go to vet school when I began working at a veterinary clinic part-time just after high school.  During that job I realized I loved to work with animals and people and I wanted to do it for my profession.  I chose WSU CVM because it is an awesome school that really emphasizes the students and their individual success.  More...

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Administration Seeks to Restrict Antibiotics in Livestock

by Abbie 14. July 2009 12:24

As future veterinarians...this is an important topic to think about.  While it might bring in additional business since you would have to oversee drug administration, it could create some huge potential herd health/management problems for producers.

Stay informed:

Administration Seeks to Restrict Antibiotics in Livestock --

Published: July 13, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Monday that it would seek to ban many routine uses of antibiotics in farm animals in hopes of reducing the spread of dangerous bacteria in humans.

In written testimony to the House Rules Committee, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs, said feeding antibiotics to healthy chickens, pigs and cattle — done to encourage rapid growth — should cease. And Dr. Sharfstein said farmers should no longer be able to use antibiotics in animals without the supervision of a veterinarian.  (to read more...see above link)

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National FFA scholarships for aspiring veterinarians

by Abbie 8. July 2009 08:38

So any of you who know my background at all know I spent quite a bit of time learning, growing and working for the National FFA Organization.  Through both the Supervised Agricultural Experiences and proficiency well as some classroom curriculums...students can learn about veterinary medicine in a very hands-on way.  Now there's scholarships available also!


Two Aspiring Vets Receive AVMA Funded FFA Scholarships

Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 5:10 p.m., EDT

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, recently awarded two $1,000 American Veterinary Medical Association scholarships. More...

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Ambassador Bio - Abbey

by Abbie 30. June 2009 08:11

My name is Abbey and I am a member of the Class of 2011 at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I just finished my second year and I have loved every minute of my vet school experience! I guess an important thing prospective students may want to know is how I got here in the first place.


I grew up in southern Idaho in a town called Twin Falls. When I was in first grade, I dressed up as a veterinarian for Halloween, so I suppose you could say I am one of those people who have always known what I wanted to do for a career. I graduated high school in 2003 and then headed up to Moscow, Idaho for my freshman year at the University of Idaho. At UI, I majored in pre-veterinary science and biology. I was involved in many biology departmental-related clubs, as well as being involved in the residence hall system. More...

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