Veterinary Medical Education

New laparoscopic training advances veterinary surgical skills

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

For the first time, veterinary surgeons can take a simulation training and earn a certification that demonstrates their manual skills in laparoscopy, a minimally-invasive procedure that means less pain and faster recovery for patients. WSU researcher and board certified veterinary surgeon, Boel Fransson, developed the Veterinary Assessment Laparoscopic Skills (VALS) training program, set up training centers around the country, and convened an international board of peers to grant the certification. The training and tools are available online at valsprogram.org, and the first test...

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Four separate bills aim to help student loan borrowers

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

Four separate bills that address student loans are before the Washington State Legislature this session.  Second Substitute House Bill (2SHB) 1169 establishes a student debt hotline and website to receive assistance from debt counselors. It also repeals the provisions that allow an agency to suspend a professional license if a student defaults on their loans.  2SHB 1169 passed the House and is being heard in the Senate Committee for Higher Education this week. Senate Bill (SB) 5022 requires a postsecondary institution...

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WSU/CVM Class of 2017 creating endowed scholarship to honor fallen classmate

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

Members of the Class of 2017 at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU/CVM) have established an endowed scholarship for their classmate, Jessica Brooks, who died in a car accident in December, just four months shy of graduation. Jessica was beloved for her quiet confidence and the compassion she showed to others. Her loss has been especially hard for the class as she was a respected colleague and friend to everyone. The Jessica Brooks Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to third or...

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Senior WSU vet student dies in crash

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

Washington State University senior veterinary student Jessica Brooks was traveling home to Sequim from Pullman when she was killed in an auto accident on the morning of December 27. She was driving west on Highway 26 outside of Colfax when her car slid and struck an eastbound semi-truck due to ice and slush on the road. She died at the scene. Jessica was wearing her seatbelt and no alcohol or drugs were found in her system. Jessica grew up in Sequim...

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WSU VBMA’s 3rd annual networking event set for December 5th

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

WSU’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA), ranked first globally, is hosting its third annual “Partners in Practice” mixer on Monday evening, December 5th, 2016! The event will be held in the Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Partners in Practice will foster relationship-building between students, practitioners, practice managers, and members of veterinary industry for the advancement of the veterinary field. If you plan to hire a new associate in the next few years, make sure to attend this event! It...

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Third year WSU vet student postpones education to care for child with rare disease

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

Utah resident Caleb Gwilliam just started his third year of veterinary school at Washington State University when he and his wife, Emilie, got the diagnosis. They had noticed changes in their 20 month-old son, Atticus. He wasn’t eating, drinking or sleeping and his personality was changing. After diagnostics were completed, they learned Atticus has Choroid Plexus Papilloma/Carcinoma, a rare form of brain and spinal cancer. Atticus had a brain tumor on the right lateral ventricle measuring three inches in diameter. Caleb...

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AAVMC launches educational cost comparison tool

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has developed a new web-based tool to guide prospective veterinary college students in making financial decisions about attending veterinary school. The Cost Comparison Tool (CCT) estimates the cost of attending any of the 30 veterinary medical colleges in the United States. The AAVMC developed the CCT to provide better information to potential students as they plan for the costs associated with becoming a veterinarian. Included in the CCT is the ability to compare...

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White Coat donations needed for Class of 2020

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming Class of 2020 will take place August 18, 2016 at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with their name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make this year’s White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You also have the option of sponsoring...

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Proposed Pullman-Moscow airport expansion detrimental to WSU/CVM research facilities

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

A planned expansion project at the Pullman-Moscow Regional airport is threatening to upend long-term animal and agricultural research projects. The airport’s runway realignment project, geared to serve larger aircraft and offer more flights, is touted as critical to the areas’ economic development. However, the planned expansion includes purchasing 40 campus buildings, access roads, and farmland where sensitive animal disease research with global impact is conducted. Moving the approximate 750 livestock animals would disrupt experiments and stress the animals, affecting the validity...

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White Coat donations needed for Class of 2020

  |   Uncategorized, Veterinary Medical Education

an you believe it? The class of 2020! This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming class will take place August 18, 2016 at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Each first-year veterinary student will be introduced and presented with a white lab coat with their name and the WSVMA logo embroidered on the coat. We need your help to make this year’s White Coat Ceremony a success. You can sponsor a specific student or make a general donation. You...

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