The unknown lured fourth-year veterinary student Thomas Kile to veterinary medicine.

“There are so many avenues in veterinary medicine that have yet to be tapped,” Thomas said. “Growing up I always liked science, but I never knew how to apply it. Having horses and chickens as part of my childhood, I found myself caring for them quite frequently, and I learned this is where my passion lies.” 

From Scottsdale, Arizona, he will attend a small animal emergency medicine internship after earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine this spring. His plan is to do more conservation work within the field in the coming years.

Thomas said WSU has prepared him to communicate with clients.

“Navigating tough conversations can be, well, tough and WSU has thoroughly made sure I can help any owner feel comfortable with our decision-making,” he said.

In whatever spare time he can find, Thomas works on a few podcasts. He was featured on the Veterinarian Success Podcast in July.

Thomas likes to explore creeks with his dog, Fig Newton, a 2-year-old blue heeler. He also frequents the Paradise Creek Brewery–Trailside Taproom and the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail.

“The canola fields are mesmerizing,” Thomas said.