Ambassador spotlight: Chad Dardis

Chad with his dog, Huckleberry, a Golden Retriever.

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Chad Dardis immediately felt a sense of community within #WSUVetMed when he visited the #WSU campus for his interviews.

“That was the single biggest factor for me wanting to attend WSU for vet school. The atmosphere was immediately inviting, positive, and made me feel like I could really succeed here,” the third-year student from Idaho said. “There was a long list of other reasons as well, from tuition to NAVLE pass rates to cost of living, but there’s something about the community that made it feel like a place I could call home.”

And his intuitions have been proven correct.

“The community is so supportive and wants to see students learn and succeed,” Chad said. “Health and wellness, admissions, student peers, and faculty are all approachable, available, and genuinely interested in student success. I had a chance to compare notes with students from a variety of other schools this summer, and it made me very happy to be here. The college really does a wonderful job at curating a great environment to be a veterinary student.”

Chad said the program also stands out by providing its students ample learning and training opportunities, even at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, where students can learn under experienced and renowned veterinarians.

“With the open-door shadow potential any day of the week at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and more part-time positions than I can hope to remember, there is no shortage of opportunities to integrate what we’re learning in the classroom to the clinical setting,” he said.

There is also the Open Clinical Skills Lab, Diagnostic Challenges, communication courses, ethics courses, and more.

“Working on surgical skills, all the different communication skill opportunities, and really being able to continue developing as a person on top of all the veterinary knowledge means the world to me,” Chad said. “Sure, most of these things are taught in a veterinary lens, but we’re still developing life skills and growing as people, not just vet students. I assumed I would learn a lot of veterinary medicine here, but other areas came as a very welcomed surprise.”