When Cindy Zaring was presented with an opportunity to join the Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a fiscal specialist nearly eight years ago, the decision was an easy one to make. Like everyone at the hospital, she loves animals – she currently has two cats and can’t remember a point in her life in which she didn’t have a pet – but her father also happens to be Dr. Stan Coe (’57 DVM), a renowned veterinarian who served as president of both the Seattle Veterinary Medical Association and the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. He also helped to establish the Doney Coe Pet Clinic, which serves low-income people-pet families or families experiencing homelessness.
What is your typical day like at the VTH?
I stand and type letters or numbers for nearly all of every day. Because I help with hiring, I get to interact briefly with almost all new student employees, and that is a bright spot.
What made you want to work in veterinary medicine and at the VTH?
After 27 years working at home for a nonprofit, I turned to WSU for a new job, and I chose the job offer I had at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital because of my father.
What is your favorite thing about your job, and what are the most rewarding aspects?
The answer is the same for both questions – when asked, I enjoy attempting to explain to others what I have come to understand about various processes.
What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
I plan on being retired, but I am not sure yet what that will look like.
What do you like to do outside of work?
In the past I would rollerblade or ride my bike long distances on the trail system; snow and waterski; dance and do aerobics; and create art and do needlecraft. These days, a lot of pickleball.
What advice would you give to pet owners?
Watch them carefully – they are so interesting. Always remember that bringing them into your life was your choice and, therefore, an added responsibility – much like kids, yes?