Meet the Class of 2024: Thomas Lindgren

Thomas and a malinois looking right into each other's eyes.

Shout out to Drs. Julie Cary and Rick Debowes. For Thomas Lindgren, the emphasis on client communication and business management training are what he found most impactful about WSU’s veterinary program. Still, it’s his classmates that he may treasure most.

“I could write pages about the Class of 2024,” Thomas said. “I would not be where I am without them. Their support and intelligence make me confident in the future of the industry and proud to be a vet student.”

From Marysville, Washington, Thomas has dreamt of being a veterinarian since he was about 10 years old. Come May, that dream will become reality when he and his partner, Ashley Brown, make the move to Phoenix, Arizona, to work at a small animal general practice. Both are still fielding job offers.

“I’m actively exploring emergency and critical care opportunities as well. I have a pipe dream to be able to work on all animal species,” Thomas said. “My specific interests are veterinary business management, surgery, nutrition, and client communication.”

Thomas’ WSU ties run deep, as both his parents were Cougs. So, it was always his dream to attend veterinary school at WSU.

“I want to be a veterinarian because I have been a scientist since I was a little boy and animals have always been my favorite way to explore and learn more about the world around me. I also love the challenge of medicine and it is constantly humbling,” he said.

Fun Fact: Thomas loves the mountains. He climbed Mt. Rainer in the summer of 2021. He also is a scary movie buff.