College of Veterinary Medicine

Alumni and Friends

Dr. Shannon Nielsen

Veterinary medicine was once a man’s world, but Dr. Shannon Nielsen DVM ('11) and Dr. Kathleen McCarthy are among the many women who have a passion for the career.


Barrie D. Grant, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS ('67) received the 2014 ACVS Foundation Legends Award for his dedication and contributions to the field of veterinary surgery. Details

Dr. Travis White

Dr. Travis White DVM ('09) was recognized with the Emerging Leader award by the American Veterinary Medical Association Details

Joe Baker (’77 DVM) named Washington state veterinarian.


Dr. Margaret Shively: For Maine's Island-Dwelling Pets, a Floating Vet Clinic


Dr. Trish Rogers DVM ('72) and her husband Jim both got holes-in-one, both on the eighth hole, and both at almost the same time at different golf courses.


Jim Roloff ('74) has published a book entitled, "Mending God's Creatures' which was released nationally on March 4, 2014. There will be a book signing at the WSU Bookie on Saturday, April 12th, from 12-2pm.


Elizabeth Kohtz (Quesnell) ('04) was selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation as a participant in the 7th annual Partners in Agricultural Leadership Honors Program.


Oregon State University's veterinary school is taking over the care of about 175 alpacas after authorities say the animals were found starving at a breeding operation in the Willamette Valley; attending veterinarian Dr. Helen Diggs ('85) 


Retired Washington State Department of Agriculture VeterinarianLeonard Eldridge ('65) says some gaps in credible, accurate information still need to be filled to develop animal traceability.


Barrie Grant ('67) Dipl. ACVS, MRCVS  a pioneering equine surgeon and former educator who accelerated the careers of his students and trained fellow practitioners in the techniques of cervical stabilization was recognized for his influence with the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 2013 Distinguished Educator Mentor Award  


Frank Nichols ('69)  Dipl. ACVS  longtime professor of equine surgery at Michigan State University who has shaped many successful careers and inspired a profound loyalty among his former students and residents, received the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 2013 Distinguished Educator (Academic) Award.


Nancy A. Gillett ('78), an acclaimed experimental pathologist, scientific leader, research manager and global business executive, has been selected to receive the 2013 Washington State University Regents' Distinguished Alumna Award - the university's highest alumni award.  

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Peter Anderson ('81) Peter Anderson, D.V.M., Ph.D., director of Pathology Undergraduate Education in the School of Medicine, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialists project. Anderson will lead faculty-development programs and hands-on workshops at the Tzu-Chi University College of Medicine in Taiwan for two weeks.


Jeffery Hein ('84) was honored by the Idaho Veterinarian Medical Association with the 43rd Veterinarian of the Year Award. 


Thomas F. Meyer ('78) of Vancouver, Wash. was elected Chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board. 


Veterinary medicine alumna Cathy King ('97) has been recognized for service to the profession with a 2013 Meritorious Service Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Christopher Orton ('78) has been hired as the new head of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. 


Tawnie Bailey ('96, '04 DVM) Congrats to DVM alumna, Dr. Tawnie K. Bailey (’96, ’04 DVM), on her debut novel “She Smiles”!


Theresa Fossum ('82 DVM) Founder of the new National Veterinary Cancer Registry 


Rhonda Wiler ('92 DVM, '88 BS) Receives the TurnKey Facility Leader of the Year Award 


Marty Becker ('80) American Humane Association Welcomes "America's Veterinarian" Dr. Marty Becker To Its Board Of Directors

Dr. Marty Becker ('80) 4 benefits to crate training your dog,

Dr. Marty Becker ('80) "America’s Veterinarian" is about to launch a new book and a national bus tour. Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy, Healthy Dog, hits bookstores on April 15, 2011 Soon after, Becker will embark on a 29-stop bus tour sponsored by the retailer Petco that will end in Boise on May 23.  More


Nancy Gillett ('78) was honored with the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishment as a scientist, research manager and global business person.


Dr. Dan DeWeert ('78) is the 2012 WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year. The WSVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award is presented in recognition of an outstanding career in veterinary medicine through local, state or national veterinary associations. Contributions to practice, community and other professional endeavors are also considered.


Dr. Terry Brown ('74)was presented with the 2012 WSVMA  Distinguished Achievement Award given in recognition of a singular outstanding achievement in veterinary medicine, public service or another field of endeavor which reflects honor on the veterinary profession.

In 1979 Dr. Terry Brown was recruited to manage and serve as a clinician in a newly-formed emergency center in Spokane, WA.  The role of this emergency and after-hours clinic was unique to the region and state, as in the late 1970s, emergency veterinary medicine was just beginning to emerge in the veterinary profession.  For more than 30 years, Dr. Brown has led the development of this hospital which provided the only centralized after-hours care in the Inland Northwest.


Watch a King 5 video on Stan Coe (DVM '57) andMuriel Slattum (DVM '85) titled "The vet clinic saving animals and lives." Coe and Slattum give back to the community by providing veterinary care the pets of low income and homeless pet owners in Seattle.


Brig. Gen. John L. Poppe ('86) The chief of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, recently was honored with the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding accomplishments in veterinary preventive medicine and distinguished military leadership. October 2012


Allan Britten ('72) received the Merial AABP Award for Excellence in Preventive Dairy Medicine at the annual meeting of the AABP. September 2012


Raymond Ediger ('61) Ediger Receives Lifetime Achievement Award The Maryland Veterinarian September 2012


Dr. Jenna Arnaiz ('03), an emergency-room vet at Seattle Veterinary Specialists in Kirkland, discusses how to stop a dogfight in the second in a series of posts on the subject from local behaviorists and veterinarians. Featured in the Seattle Times, August 2012


Dr. Joseph Harari ('80), a veterinary surgeon in Spokane, discusses how to stop a dogfight in the sixth in a series of posts on the subject from local behaviorists and veterinarians. Featured in the Seattle Times, September 2012



Sharon Molton('00) Warmer weather bringing out ticks


Leonard Eldridge ('65) Vets on front line of global disease fight published in the Western Farm Press

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Dr. Kathy King ('97) In Nicaragua, Veterinarians Treat and Train

Dr. Cindee Carlson (WSU '07) featured in the Lewiston Tribune

Brad LeaMaster ('82) named new Oregon state veterinarian


Dr. Danielle Wassink ('04), an emergency-care vet at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services (ACCES) in Seattle, answers the second of a two-part series on bloody diarrhea in dogs. Featured in the Seattle Times February 28th, 2012 


Theresa Fossum ('82) founder of the Texas Veterinary Cancer Registry 


Ray Ediger ('61) elected president of the Frederick County Farm Bureau in Maryland


Norm Rantanen ('67) receives award for veterinary excellence

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COL John Poppe (WSU '86) assumes Army Veterinary Corps command.

COL John Poppe (WSU '86) President Barack Obama has nominated a Washington State University grad to be chief of the Veterinary Corps of the U.S. Army. 

COL John Poppe ('86) has been selected to be the next Dean of the Academy of Health Sciences, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. 

He will replace the current Dean, COL Donna Whittaker (MS) in August 2011. COL Poppe is currently the Chief, Department of Veterinary Science, AMEDDC&S, and will be the second Veterinary Corps Officer to hold the position of Dean, AHS.


Dr. Victoria Lukasik (WSU '90) Understanding veterinary anethesia; Expert busts a myth and offers a tip on how to subdue a fractious cat 


Dr. Herbert (Tim) Richards (WSU '84) was presented with the 2011 Consultant of the Year Award by the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC).


Dr. Leanne Eggert (WSU/OSU '02) Dr. Leanne Eggert's plans to become a veterinarian specializing in exotic pets has roots in her childhood. 


Dr. Jeanene Harris (WSU MS '11), Dr. Jay McDonnell of Veterinary Neurology of the Chesapeake (VNoC) has announced that Dr. Jeanene Harris has joined the practice, making it the only veterinary neurology-neurosurgery practice in Maryland with two neurologists, both of whom are board certified. 


Dr. Yong Ho Park (Ho) (WSU Ph.D.'91) was appointed Commissioner of Animal, Plant, and Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency of South Korea on August 17, 2011. Ho earned his Ph.D. degree in the WSU Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology department, was formerly Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine of Seoul National University, and was recognized with the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Graduate Alumnus Award in 2008. Ho is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology department. His daughter Min is a fourth year veterinary student here at WSU. 


Dr.Lance Perryman (WSU '70) steps down as Dean of Colorado State University.

Dr. Lance Perryman DVM '70 PhD '75 received the WSU Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award

Other recipients of the 2010 Veterinary Alumnus Awards


Dr. Kerri Marshall (WSU '85) Named as Executive Vice President of Customer Experience for the Pet Insurance Provider Trupanion. 


Dr. Matt Mickas (WSU '97) answers questions about Vaccinations for indoor cats in the Seattle Times


Dr. Kim Nicholas (WSU '84) answers questions about lumps and bumps in the Seattle Times.


Dr. Sheryl McDevitt (WSU '77) discusses dressing your pet: function or fashion, in the Seattle Times.


Dr. Isaac Bott ('09) artificially inseminated a reindeer resulting in Sandy, one of the world's first baby reindeer to be conceived via AI.


Read about CVM alumni Marty Becker (DVM '80), Leo Bustad (DVM '49), Todd Coleman ('04), Greg Ingman ('81), and Janice Seigford (PhD '03) in Washington State Magazines article "The Things We Do for our Dogs (and what they do for us)."


Dr. Harold McCutchan ('81 BS in Biochemistry -pre-medical) Snohomish County orthopedic surgeon, was inducted in to the 2011 Blanchet High School Hall of Fame as part of the 1974 boys state soccer championship team. McCutchan played mid-field for the Blanchet soccer team for three years, and earned three varsity letters. In 1977, he went on to play on Seattle Pacific University's men's soccer team, which placed second in the NCAA championship. He also played on Washington State University's men's soccer team from 1978-1980, winning the NWICA championship all three years.

McCutchan has a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry (now part of the School of Molecular Biosciences) from WSU. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1986 and completed residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences in Denver.

He is an American Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremity, with special interest in sports injuries. He is in private practice in Everett and is affiliated with the American Medical Association, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Washington State Medical Association.


Matthew Maberry ('47)  recalls the birth of the first elephant born in the United States in more than 40 years in "Packy & Me: The Incredible Tale of Doc Maberry and the Baby Elephant Who Made History." Maberry, 93, wrote the memoir with his wife, Patricia, and Michelle Trappen, a former reporter for The Oregonian. 


Dr. Sarah Sampson ('99 DVM '08 Ph.D.) received the Camosun College Distinguished Alumni Award.  She is currently an assistant professor at Mississippi State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. 


Dr. Stan Coe '57 received the Dean's Extra Mile Award on May 14, given to an individual who has gone the "extra mile" for their college, and colleagues on many occasions.

Dr. Kim Nicholas '84 published a children's book titled "A Special Place Called Moholo" based on his work with the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in South Africa. All proceeds will go to support the center.

Dr. Michael Ontiveros '96 has started VetVid, an online site that distributes informational veterinary videos on topics important to pet owners.

Dr. Vicki L. Thayer (WSU '76) is the new president of the Winn Feline Foundation board of directors, the foundation announced Nov. 1. Dr. Thayer succeeds actress Betty White, who remains on the board. 

At the December 2013 AAEP Convention in Nashville TN, 2 WSU alumni and former equine faculty were presented with Distinguished Educator awards.  

Congratulations to WSU alumni included in Seattle Met’s 200 top veterinarians! Roughly 1/3 were WSU graduates. Veterinarians were selected by survey-based peer evaluation. Go Cougs!

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