Seattle Humane Celebrates 10 Years of Partnership With WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Seattle Humane’s partnership with Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine. To celebrate the milestone, Seattle Humane hosted nearly 50 guests at its Bellevue campus.  

Dori Borjesson, the first female dean of WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, shares remarks during the 10th-anniversary celebration.

In 2013, Seattle Humane established a partnership with the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Seattle Humane’s veterinary clinic, The Schuler Family Medical Center, provides fourth-year veterinary students with the opportunity to gain hands-on surgical practice-ready experience in a shelter environment. During the two-week rotation, students receive training in various specialties including dentistry, emergency care and animal behavior. 

Brittany Estell, a fourth-year veterinary medicine student at WSU, performs a spay or neuter surgery as Dr. Katie Kuehl, right, an assistant professor of shelter medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine, looks on. (WSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Ted S. Warren)

Dr. Katie Kuehl, Assistant Professor, Shelter Medicine & Outreach in WSU’s Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department, oversees the students’ shelter medicine training. Additionally, Seattle Humane’s Vice President of Veterinary Services, Dr. Jessica Reed, and WSU alumane-turned-Seattle Humane staff veterinarians Dr. Jenn Herget, Dr. Lauren Restis and Dr. Kristen Shearer, offer invaluable guidance to students.  

Dr. Lauren Restis (WSU, DVM 2016), second from left, works with fourth-year veterinary medicine students Caitlin Juneau, left, Brittany Estell, second from right, and Emily Violini, right, to take tissue samples from a dog suffering from skin rashes. (WSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Ted S. Warren)

As part of the two-week clinical rotation at Seattle Humane, veterinary students also have opportunities to serve in the shelter’s community caring for pets of low-income families through Seattle Humane’s Community Medicine program.   

Fourth-year WSU veterinary medicine students Brittany Estell, right, Caitlin Juneau, second from right, and Emily Violini, third from right, speak with a Community Medicine client as she picks up her cat Bear after his neuter surgery. (WSU College of Veterinary Medicine/Ted S. Warren)

To see Seattle Humane and WSU’s partnership in action, check out the video below.  

Learn more about how WSU’s partnership with Seattle Humane is advancing the field of shelter medicine. 

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