Meet the Class of 2023: Nick Muir

Nick, holding a young Dachshund, while in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

After graduation, Nick Muir will start a one-year rotating internship at San Luis Rey Equine Hospital in Bonsall, California. 

“WSU has provided me with an excellent foundation to build my career. Between third-year elective courses and fourth-year clinical rotations, I have been able to develop clinical skills with all species, while still placing a heavier emphasis on equine medicine,” Nick said. “The hospital has also equipped me with the skills to effectively communicate with clients and collaborate with my peers and faculty in the clinical setting.”

Nick is one of 10 pre-admitted veterinary students in the Class of 2023 who earned their undergraduate degree through the WSU Honors College early acceptance program. The program allows students to earn their undergraduate degree in just three years before moving on to #WSUVetMed.

Last year Nick was awarded the Margaret A Haines Telephony Scholarship through the American Quarter Horse Foundation. This $45,000 scholarship is available to two fourth-year veterinary students throughout the country with experience in the Quarter Horse industry and an intent to practice equine medicine.  

Back at home in Lynnwood, Washington, Nick’s family has two quarter horses: a 13-year-old mare named Roxy and her 2-year -old daughter, Maggie. He also has three dogs: Jasmine, Kaylee, and Sera.

“One of the main reasons I want to be a veterinarian is for the opportunities that it provides to help your community. Whether it’s through the care of animals that are part of the family or those that people rely on for their livelihood, being a veterinarian allows you to make a positive impact on the lives of your patients and their owners,” he said. Nick enjoys training and showing western performance horses. He also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, and woodworking.