Welcome to the college, Dr. Tasha Bradley

Tasha Bradley standing outside the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tasha Bradley obtained her veterinary medicine and surgery degree from the University of Nottingham, England, in 2017. Following graduation, Tasha secured an ag animal medicine and surgery internship at WSU, where she acquired vital skills and experience working with large animals. During that period, she actively participated in the Principles of Surgery Assessment and various animal handling labs conducted by the Simulation-Based Education team. After completing her internship, Tasha co-founded and co-managed Red Barn Mobile Vets, a mixed-animal mobile veterinary clinic on the Palouse. During that time, she was involved with the WSU clinical communications course and served as a coach for the program. Now, she is starting a new journey as an instructor, lecturer and clinical communications coach with Simulation-Based Education.

What drew you to WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine? 

As the Andy Grammer song suggests, “we always find our way back home,” and this sentiment certainly holds true for my journey as a Coug. I feel extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to return to the college and embrace an active teaching role with the Simulation-Based Education team. Working alongside this dedicated and talented team is extremely exciting. I firmly believe they play a huge role in preparing aspiring WSU veterinarians. It’s an honor to be a part of this awesome team.

What is your area of expertise?  

Historically, I would have considered farm animal medicine and surgery as my areas of expertise. However, the experience gained from co-owning a traditional mixed-animal practice exposed me to a wide range of cases in equine, small and large animal care. As a result, I have accumulated expertise across various areas of veterinary medicine. Moreover, my time as a business owner allowed me to develop valuable skills in practice management, client communication and strategic decision-making. These experiences have undoubtedly enriched my overall understanding of the veterinary field, and this is knowledge I hope to bring to my new position.

What drew you into this field? 

Like many in this profession, being a veterinarian has been a lifelong aspiration. It is my parents who fostered a deep love of animals in me from a young age. Throughout my journey in vet school, I was fortunate to have exceptional mentors who have shaped my career and passion for this field, specifically in food animal medicine. Then during my internship, Drs. Barrington and Ziegler were both instrumental in my growth as a clinician. Learning from some of the best in the business has been an incredible privilege and something I feel very fortunate about.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I love researching my family tree and finding out about my genealogy. If I wasn’t a vet, I would probably have been a geneticist because I find genes and the genome fascinating.