Ambassador spotlight: Lainee Colombik

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Lainee Colombik is one of about a dozen students in WSU’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2025 that attended Montana State University her first year. Through a collaboration between the two schools, MSU students like Lainee can remain in the Big Sky country for an extra year while receiving tuition at an in-state cost when they come to Pullman in their second year of veterinary school.

“The hands-on experience in Bozeman is exceptional.  The small class size is instrumental in allowing every student to feel confident handling a variety of species, working with surgical instruments, and learning anatomy on real cadavers,” Lainee said.

Lainee knows all about the extracurricular opportunities the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has to offer. The Montana native is a member of the Ag Animal Club, the American Association of Equine Practitioners; Theriogenology Club; and the Banfield Student Job Program.

If her clubs didn’t give it away, Lainee is interested in the large animal and equine fields of veterinary medicine. Back home in Montana, she owns and manages a farrow-to-finish show pig operation. She was also very involved in 4-H and Future Farmers of America.

Whether at WSU or MSU, Lainee said professors are dedicated to student success.

“As a part of the Montana program, I can attest that the faculty in Bozeman put all of their time and effort into making students the best prepared veterinarians they can,” Lainee said. “And the professors in Pullman make the transition smooth and create a welcoming environment.”

Lainee said the program’s small class size and lack of student competitiveness was another draw.

“The small class size was one of the biggest decisions for me to apply and accept an offer into this program,” she said. “I felt that I was able to learn better in a one-on-one environment with a close group of individuals.