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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."

  • WSU Alumna Helps Veterinary Students Practice Abroad

    Story by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04

    Felicia Lew ('12) in Malaysia

    Felicia Lew ('12) in Malaysia

    Performing surgery by the light of cell phones would be unthinkable to most people, but that was just part of the experience of an externship to Malaysia for Felicia Lew (DVM '12), a recent Susan Bradish Travel Grant recipient.

    During Lew’s externship, she and the rest of a surgical team were preparing a pet chicken for surgery.  Just as they were about to insert a breathing tube, the power went out. Quickly the team had to improvise. 

    "Everyone was a little stunned at first, but then they just kept working," Lew said. "Everyone had a cell phone on them, so we all whipped out our phones and tried to light the airway enough to put the tube in."

    Lew said that no one panicked, but she isn’t sure what they would have done if the power did not come back after about ten minutes. During her externship, Lew worked in very different veterinary conditions, but she said that the experience was extremely valuable. 

    "International externships give students opportunities to gain experience when they wouldn’t otherwise," Lew said. "It exposes them to other cultures, and makes them adapt to new situations."

    She explained that one major difference is that many diagnoses in the United States are made by using a simple blood test, but that is not available to many people in Malaysia. Instead, they often treat animals without a definitive diagnosis.

    "A lot of clients can’t afford testing, so many diagnoses came from guessing based on symptoms," Lew said. "It was good to work with them to see how they work with less." 

    Lew said that the travel grant made this externship possible because it helped with travel expenses.

    The Susan Bradish Travel Grant is awarded to WSU veterinary students who are interested in gaining veterinary experience abroad, preferably to developing countries. It assists students with $1,000 for externships that are at least three weeks long and include on-site veterinary work. Students must also be active members of the WSU International Veterinary Student Association. Lew was the IVSA president for 2010-2011 school year.

    Susan Bradish (DVM ’97), a veterinarian in Nicholasville, Kentucky, started this grant to help students gain an understanding of the daily challenges people face in most of the world. Bradish herself spent four weeks in India during veterinary school. She found that the culture was wonderful, but realized how fewer resources can affect the daily lives of the people. Because she wants more students to gain this type of international experience, she assists them with their expenses by offering this grant.