Gifts in Action

Your Gifts Tell the Story

Behind every gift to WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine is a story. The detection of a new disease helps save lives. A scholarship makes school more affordable. A beloved animal's life is saved from cancer. From everyone at the college, you have our sincere gratitude for your generous support.

  • An Adopted Tabby’s New Lease on Life

    Story by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04

    Chester mask

    The ICU staff saw that Chester was
    having trouble sleeping with the bright
    lights and all the tests, so they made an
    eye mask to help him relax. He also
    received round-the-clock care.

    Roya E. and Gyan H. of Vancouver, British Columbia, wanted a cat. So they did what many animal lovers do-they went to their local shelter to adopt an adult animal in need of a home. They fell in love with an orange tabby, and named him "Chester" (he had previously been called "Cheetoh," but they thought he looked more like a "Chester"). On January 30, 2012-Chester's adoption day-his life changed forever.

    Roya and Gyan noticed right away that Chester didn't seem to play like a young cat would. He had little energy, his breathing was not quite right, and his body also had an unusual shape. After a few trips to the veterinarian it was discovered that Chester had a diaphragmatic hernia (a tear in the diaphragm) that caused his internal organs-stomach, small intestines, liver, spleen-to move into his chest, which affected his breathing. Because he also had a healed pelvic fracture, it was thought that Chester had been hit by a car.

    They drove Chester from Canada to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital where Dr. Might told them about the risks and benefits of having surgery to correct the diaphragmatic hernia. He also told them that the surgery would cost between $3,000 and $4,000. As graduate students, that kind of surgery seemed financially out of reach. Dr. Might realized they would need help, so he told us about the Good Samaritan Fund. Roya and Gyan received $1000 to partially pay for Chester's medical expenses, which ended up totaling nearly $5000.

    "Our doctors were amazing," said Roya. "They worked harder than we could have hoped they would to save Chester. We definitely owe his life to them and all of the staff in the ICU."

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  • VMP Clinical Associate Professor Awarded the First Ed McLeary Distinguished Professorship

    Story by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04

    Dr. Kevin Snekvik
    Dr. Kevin Snekvik

    Dr. Kevin Snekvik, clinical associate professor in the Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology department (VMP), has been named the first Ed McLeary Distinguished Professor in Aquatic Health. The Ed McLeary Distinguished Professorship enhances WSU programs in fish health research, diagnostics, certification, and graduate education. Dr Snekvik, DVM, Ph.D is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the Aquatic Animal Health section head for the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL).
    "It is an honor to be recognized in this way," said Dr. Snekvik, who specializes in veterinary pathology and fish infectious disease. "This award not only recognizes the role we have played in ensuring fish health but also highlights the need for the fish health program to expand its current fish disease research and to establish the training of the next generation of fish disease experts."
    The fish health program, a collaborative effort between the VMP and WADDL, was created 15 years ago to independently confirm the fish health status at aquaculture facilities in Washington for export out of the state.  Since that time the program has expanded to include certification testing and disease diagnosis in freshwater and marine facilities throughout the western United States.  Dr. Snekvik and his staff also work with state, national, and international regulators to ensure the timely interstate and international movement of aquaculture products.
    "Based on the current needs of the regional aquaculture producers, the awarded funds from the Ed McLeary Distinguished Professorship will be used to support the research and pathology training of graduate students and post-DVM anatomic pathology residents to better understand fish diseases and in turn enhance the health of fish," said Dr. Snekvik.  
    The Ed McLeary Distinguished Professorship in Aquatic Animal Health is a unified effort among Pacific Northwest aquaculture producers to ensure healthful fisheries that can compete in any of the world’s marketplaces and contribute to enhanced sport fishing. Troutlodge, founded in 1945 by Ed Mcleary and Ken Drew, pledged a lead gift to match dollar-for-dollar all gifts up to a total of $250,000.  This generosity established the Ed McLeary Distinguished Professorship in Aquatic Animal Health, a very prestigious professorship that positions WSU to become a national leader in this field.
    "Kevin is a relatively junior faculty member, but he has taken on national responsibilities and serves in leadership positions on many national committees," said Dr. David Prieur, chair of the department. "His peers in the fish health arena value his knowledge, insights, and judgments."