Dr. Katie Kuehl, an assistant professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University, was presented the Young Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
Kuehl is director of the WSU Shelter Medicine program based at Seattle Humane in Bellevue, Washington, where she provides hands-on training in shelter medicine to fourth-year veterinary medical students. She also leads WSU’s One Health Clinic veterinary team. The clinic, a partnership with the University of Washington Center for One Health Research, is a place where people experiencing homelessness with companion animals can get medical and veterinary care.
“As a fourth-generation Badger, it was an incredible honor to be recognized by the University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Foundation,” Kuehl said. “I am incredibly fortunate that my appointment with the Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has allowed me to blend my passions within veterinary medicine: shelter medicine, clinical education, and community outreach. I am grateful for my CVM colleagues and other collaborators who have supported me in these efforts and allowed programs such as the One Health Clinic and Vets Helping Pets Fund to flourish.”
In addition to her work in the Shelter Medicine program, Kuehl is currently conducting research related to pets and coronavirus in collaboration with the University of Washington and Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab. Through this coronavirus pet testing study, researchers test animal samples for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Kuehl was named the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association 2020 WSU Faculty Member of the Year, an award presented annually to faculty who have served association members with distinction. She is also president of the Board of Trustees of the Washington State Animal Health Foundation.