Meet the Class of 2023: Nicholas Vanderholm

Don’t let his three pet cows mislead you. Nicholas Vanderholm plans to work predominantly with dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals when he graduates from #WSUVetMed this spring.

Nicholas grew up caring for animals on his family’s small farm in Elk, Washington, and he’s always been attracted to veterinary medicine. 

“I love that there is always more to discover and learn,” he said. “I also really like communicating with clients and learning about their pets.”

Nicholas said WSU has helped him become more comfortable with being a veterinarian by allowing him to experience what veterinarians go through on a daily basis.

“The first three years of veterinary school at WSU have given me a good foundation to build off of; fourth year has allowed me to integrate all of this knowledge,” he said.

In addition to his three cows, Cotton, Daisy, and Ferny, Nicholas also has Dunkel, a 5-year-old German shepherd mix, and Liesel, a 7-year-old domestic longhair cat, to keep him company. 

Fun Fact about Nicholas: “I really like Kamiak Butte County Park, it is such a tranquil place for me, and it has some nice hiking trails. I enjoy being able to appreciate the beauty of nature every time I visit this park. And it allows me to just sit and think.”