Veterinary Medical Education

Dr. Dori Borjesson named dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

Dr. Dori Borjesson, chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology at the University of California Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected as the new dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Borjesson was chosen following a nationwide search to replace Dr. Bryan Slinker, who had announced plans to retire before being tapped to serve as interim provost. She will assume her new responsibilities leading WSU’s cutting-edge veterinary, biosciences and global health departments on July 20. “The strength of...

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WSU/CVM dean steps into university provost role

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

Washington State University announced on October 1 that Dr. Bryan Slinker, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will step into the role of interim provost and executive vice president following the resignation of the former provost. Slinker, who served as dean for more than a decade announced his retirement earlier this year. He’ll fulfill his new position through June 2020 when a new provost is expected to be named. Dr. Robert Mealey, professor, and chair of the Department of Veterinary...

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Donate a white coat for the WSU/CVM Class of 2023

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

This year’s White Coat ceremony for the incoming Class of 2023 will take place August 15 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 a...

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Congratulations to WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2019!

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

One hundred twenty-six new doctors of veterinary medicine have completed their training at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The commencement ceremony was held last Sunday, May 5 in Pullman. The WSVMA extends a warm welcome to the profession. Congratulations! View the ceremony and Dr. Andy’ Roark’s commencement address. Posted May 10, 2019  ...

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Take the survey on potential new veterinary technician training in Washington

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

The veterinary technology programs at Bellingham Technical College, Pierce College, and Yakima Valley College are exploring the possibility of establishing a joint distance learning veterinary technology program to provide training opportunities for residents living in all regions of the state.  The distance learning program would provide veterinary technician training using a hybrid education model that combines online instruction with in-person clinical laboratories.  In addition, students attending the program would be required to work part-time in a veterinary clinic. In order to...

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A financial journey among 274 graduating veterinarians

  |   Veterinary Medical Education

They listen intently, answer my questions smartly, pose their own intelligent queries, and some type furiously.  They impress me, but chances are great that the information will flow in and right back out; they're thinking about their next cardiology exam tomorrow, less about my talk.  These are the third year veterinary students I guest lecture to about financial topics.  They desperately want to know how to make good financial decisions, understand how they will pay back their debt, or how...

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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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