Ambassador spotlight: Rebecca Buratto

Are you considering #WSUVetMed? Every other Wednesday we are highlighting our student ambassadors who are available to provide insight into our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.


First-year veterinary student Rebecca Buratto is from Santa Barbara, California, but having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho, she already knows the spots on the Palouse. 

Some of those spots include hiking trails around Pullman and Moscow and the best places to eat.

“I definitely have some recommendations for prospective students about where they can find the best breakfast and ice cream in the area,” Rebecca said.

Rebecca said the Cougar Orientation Leadership Experience (COLE) has been the highlight of her short and ongoing tenure at Washington State University. The multi-day, off-site orientation offers activities that range from resilience to relationship building and meet-and-greets for new students and WSU faculty and staff.

“COLE was very meaningful to me. It was a great way for us first-years to interact and to know each other before starting vet school,” Rebecca said. “It also provided some great insight on what to expect from the next four years, as well as offered some much-needed advice on how to handle the stress and make the most out of these next four years.”

Rebecca said she chose to attend veterinary school at WSU because of the inclusiveness and welcoming environment the program is known for.

“Everybody is working together to help each other succeed; there is no sense of competition amongst the students in each class,” she said. “The faculty are also all very approachable and, if asked, are very willing to help when they can.”

Rebecca is in four clubs: Dental Club, Radiology Club, Shelter Medicine Club, and the Veterinary Business Management Association.

FUN FACT: Rebecca played soccer for the University of Idaho.