Keeping families together

Sometimes it takes many bends in the road to get where you are going. For Nick Snider (’14 DVM), he managed a coffee stand, he and his wife, Jennifer, worked as camp counselors, and he went back to school planning to become a biology teacher.

Nick Snider (‘14 DVM) with his wife Jennifer and their two daughters.

WSU Alumni Give Back to a School that Gave Them Everything

After earning his DVM in 1980, Kyle interned in Santa Cruz, California, and then bought his practice in nearby Los Gatos. Over the years it has grown into a thriving practice. Crediting much of his success to his time at WSU, Kyle wanted to give back to the school and community that meant so much […]

Dr. Betsy Charles

It didn’t take long for Betsy Charles (’95 BS Education, ’95 BS Sciences, ’03 DVM) to give back to the college that had given her so much. After she earned her DVM in 2003, Betsy completed a one year internship at an equine referral hospital. The very next year she began coming back to WSU […]

Dr. William and Margaret (Love) McAndrew

Dr. William and Margaret (Love) McAndrew led the way in spirit, talent and enterprise. A Harvard graduate, “Dr. Bill” was a humble and skilled surgeon in the NW and very much a WSU supporter. He was a donor, dreamer and doer, displaying these capacities through his heart for helping others. His dedication extended to athletic […]

Rattlesnake Ridge Riders, Inc.

The Rattlesnake Ridge Riders, Inc. is a local chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) and Back Country Horsemen of America. Our purpose is to perpetuate the recreational use of equines on our public lands. We provide significant volunteer work to various government and private agencies for trail development and maintenance, campsite development, fence […]

The Jessie Strickler Scholarship

A Writer Donates Book Proceeds to Veterinary Scholarship Whenever Jill Strickler walked into the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital with her dog “Jessie” they would always hear “Hi, Jessie Strickler” from a staff member behind the reception desk. “Jessie,” a blond Cocker Spaniel coming for cancer treatments, would give a quick bark in reply. “Jessie loved going there […]

Class of 1961 pays it forward

The Amazing Class of ‘61 Pays it Forward with a Professionalism Endowment and Scholarship On May 28, 1961 forty-two men and one woman were awarded Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Washington State University. Graduation was held in Roger’s Field, the football stadium now known as Martin Stadium. Afterward the Veterinarian’s Oath was administered by […]

Our Caring Profession Award: Recognizing compassion for animals and people

Eight years ago, WSU faculty member and alumnus, Dr. John Mattoon and his wife Jennifer created the Our Caring Profession Award to recognize a veterinary student each year who most epitomizes the “gentle doctor.” Qualities like sincere compassion, caring for animals and people, excellence in mentoring and serving as a role model, expertise, humaneness, judgment, and understanding, are the things that make these recipients stand out.

A generous scholarship changes the course of a student’s career

Tracie Romsland always knew she wanted to work with animals.  Growing up in a family with more pets than people, Tracie cared for all kinds of animals from stray cats to dogs to horses.  After receiving her undergraduate degree in general science from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., she began working in a veterinary clinic in Redmond, Wash., first as a receptionist and later as a technician.
“Right out of college, I wasn’t sure I was smart enough to be a veterinarian,” says Romsland.  “But I knew I wanted to work with animals.”

Tracie holding her black cat.