Dr. Ryan Baumwart has been caring for patients in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s cardiology service since he joined our team three years ago. Originally from Oklahoma, Dr. Baumwart earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University before completing an internship and residency at Ohio State University. When Dr. Baumwart isn’t at the hospital, he stays busy at home entertaining his two children and caring for his family’s two dogs, three cats, three horses and four chickens.
What is your typical day like at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital?
I start the morning doing rounds with students and/or residents, and then I see appointments and consults. We have scheduled appointments on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while Wednesday is our surgery day.
What made you want to work at the teaching hospital?
I love the Palouse, and I also love teaching and helping students understand what is typically considered a difficult subject.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
I really like teaching in the clinical setting. It is very rewarding to be around when the students have the ah-ha moment.
What are your career goals, and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I am living my career goal, and I hope to still be teaching at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love fishing and just being outdoors.
What advice would you give to pet owners?
Routine physical exams with your family veterinarian can help pick up early signs of heart disease. The family veterinarian can pick up on arrhythmias, murmurs or other abnormal sounds that could indicate further heart evaluation, such as radiographs, electrocardiogram or echocardiogram, is needed.