Meet the Class of 2023: Jace Jernberg

Jace in his white coat, holding a young orange tabby cat.

After graduation, fourth-year veterinary student Jace Jernberg will be returning home to central Idaho to practice rural, mixed animal medicine at the clinic where his veterinary journey started, Lone Pine Animal Hospital.

Jace, a Mackay, Idaho native, will have two fantastic mentors, Jeff Bennetts and Dani Sims, both of whom are graduates of WSU’s veterinary curriculum.  

Prior to completing a two-year veterinary technology program at the College of Southern Idaho, Jace completed his shadowing hours at Lone Pine Animal Hospital.

That program sparked inspiration in Jace, who didn’t aspire to be a veterinarian growing up.

“I was interested in many things other than medicine early in life that I ultimately ended up lacking passion for. My curiosity grew after I started my undergraduate years in a business program and quickly found out I was not overly interested in the schooling associated with business,” he said.

In his time spent shadowing, Jace found a passion for solving the puzzle that animals present when they are sick and the challenge of being able to help their people as well.

When Jace isn’t busy with veterinary school, he likes to get as far out of cell phone service as possible. Jace enjoys the outdoors, like fly fishing and hunting. He also likes to spend time with his 4-year-old chocolate Labrador-German shorthair pointer cross, Remi.

“Remi has helped keep me sane during all the challenges that come with veterinary school,” Jace said.

Fun Fact: Jace climbed a 14,000-foot peak in Colorado his sophomore year of high school.