Meet the Class of 2023: Sophie Vallely

Early in her public relations career – a career she received a college degree to pursue – Sophie Vallely began to reassess her dream of becoming a veterinarian.

So already with degrees in anthropology and communications, she began her journey into the veterinary field with a kennel assistant position at Big Goose Veterinary Clinic & Wellness Center in Sheridan, Wyoming. Not too long after, she went back to get the prerequisites necessary to apply to veterinary school.

“I love the relationship owners have with their pets, and as a veterinarian, you have the opportunity to learn about that and help make it stronger and last as long as possible,” Sophie said.

Sophie said she chose WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine because of the community she experienced while touring the campus.

“I felt it through the halls as students passed through Bustad and ADBF,” she said. “This has held true and kept me going through all the ups and downs the last few years have brought. I know I can rely on my colleagues for support.”

Additionally, she said WSU’s extensive communication program and Optional Clinical Skills Lab have allowed her to practice and become more comfortable in surgical or other clinical settings.

Originally from Darien, Connecticut, Sophie plans to move to Charlottesville, Virginia, to be closer to her sister and her family after she earns her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She plans to work at a small animal general practice.

Her boyfriend, Adam; their two cats, Goose and Wilson; and their 6-year-old heeler mix, Madi, will all be making the trip with her.