Summer 2022 DVM student spotlights

Brendon DeRuyter

Brendon is a first-year veterinary student from eastern Washington State. He is interested in a residency in neurology or surgery and would love to one day own a specialty practice of his own. Growing up he was mostly interested in working on the family farm, but he became enamored with veterinary medicine when his family’s farm opened an in-vitro fertilization laboratory. Seeing the techniques and knowledge that the veterinarians used made him want to someday be like one of them.

In high school he attended running start at Yakima Valley College and earned his Associate in Science. From there he went on to Washington State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He loves it here in Pullman for the nice people, beautiful scenery, and the overall small town feel that he grew up with.

Brendon is currently a timeslip in two positions in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (Clinical Pathology and Radiology) and he is also an active member of the Veterinary Business Management Association. He will also be conducting research on gene association to infertility in bulls in the summer of 2022 with Dr. Jon Oatley.

Elizabeth Evans

Elizabeth is a first-year veterinary student at Washington State University with interests in equine orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. Originally from Montana, Elizabeth’s passion for horses and veterinary medicine came from her family’s farm caring for all creatures great and small. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology Health Professions and then joined WSU’s veterinary program. Elizabeth works part time with the CVM’s research thoroughbreds on various projects. She was the recipient of the Veterinary Heritage Scholarship in 2021. Elizabeth is a member of several WSU CVM clubs, including the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in which she is an officer. After graduation in 2025, Elizabeth plans to pursue both a rotating internship and a surgical residency at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She enjoys spending time in nature with family and friends, horseback riding, reading, traveling, and doing art.

Haley Momany

Haley is a second-year veterinary student at Washington State University and is interested in small animal general practice with a possible focus on integrative medicine. She is originally from Spokane, WA and attended undergraduate school at Whitman College. Between college and veterinary school, she took two years off. One year was spent traveling/working in Ireland, Iceland, France, Austria, Germany, England, Italy and India and the other was spent working at a small animal clinic in Spokane. As a WSU veterinary student, she is the treasurer for the Shelter Medicine Club and a student representative for National Veterinary Associates. She currently has two cats (Mowgli and Pippin), with Mowgli currently serving as the Class of 2024’s class mascot. In her spare time, she enjoys running, climbing, backpacking, hiking with her cats, cooking and swimming!