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Second-year student Anna Decan is one of 10 in her class who completed her first year at Montana State University through WSU’s regional program in veterinary medicine.
“The regional program was a large reason I chose WSU. I knew I would benefit from being in a small class and having close communication with my professors, especially for first-year. I also found the college’s involvement with WADDL in infectious disease research to be interesting and something I may want to be involved in moving forward,” she said. “Overall, the opportunities that WSU offered me both financially and academically served as great incentive for my choosing to attend.”
Anna, who is interested in mixed animal general practice, wildlife medicine, and surgery, also noted the strong sense of community at WSU.
“The program’s focus of drawing in students from the Western states through the regional program provides a very cohesive, yet diverse, group of students – where many different voices are heard and appreciated,” she said. “Coming in as a second-year from Montana, I was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming nature of not only the students but my professors as well.”
Balancing her veterinary education, Anna prioritizes her physical and mental health. She embraces cooking, working out, and spending time outside to recharge. Whether savoring a latte during stressful moments or chatting with old friends while walking her dog, she ensures she continues to do the things she loves.
Anna’s love for the outdoors, cultivated during her upbringing and undergraduate years in Montana, aligns perfectly with her journey to Pullman. She’s excited to explore the new terrain while continuing her outdoor adventures. She shares her life with a 5-year-old golden retriever named West.
She is also active in various clubs at WSU, including the Theriogenology Club, Agricultural Animal Club, and Emergency/Critical Care Club, which have provided her with exceptional experiences that align with her career interests.