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  • 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.

  • Nicolas Paulson ('12 DVM) Receives the First Class of 1961 Professionalism Award

    Story by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04

    Class of 1961 Professionalism Award

    Nicholas Paulson ('12 DVM) receiving the first Class of 1961
    Professionalism Award from Dr. Robert Wilson ('61 DVM),
    former dean of the college

    The WSU Veterinary Class of 1961 presented a $1,000 scholarship at their 50th class reunion to DVM student Nicholas Paulson, the first recipient of the Class of '61 Professionalism Award.

    The DVM Class of '61 established the award to recognize the high degree of professionalism among veterinary students at WSU. The class and their spouses raised $39,500 for an endowment that will be used to provide scholarships to students completing their third year of the DVM curriculum. Paulson is grateful for the scholarship as these funds are helping him with his final and most involved year of the DVM curriculum.

    "It was a big honor, and it was nice to recognized," Paulson said. "The award makes you want to continue to work hard, remain professional, and treat your peers well."

    This is a unique award. DVM students in their third year vote for a fellow classmate to be the award recipient. The awardees should exemplify professionalism, knowledge and competency, and respect and care with classmates. Paulson's classmates recognized these attributes in him and expressed that by choosing him for this award.

    Paulson's interest in veterinary medicine grew from his undergraduate studies in wild life biology when he gained hands on experience working with animals. As he worked more closely with these animals, his interests began to shift from the purely scientific aspects of the program to providing care.

    "There was a lot of hand raising of these animals, where you were working with them directly and getting them used to a human presence," Paulson said. His work included nursing, hand feeding, and giving the animals medical care.

    Now, Paulson is spending most of his time gaining clinical experience at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After graduating he hopes to take his experience into private practice, either working as a partner or having his own practice. At that time he hopes to give back too.

    "I have gotten a lot from my experience at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and I hope to give back someday," Paulson said. "I would like to see my class get involved in supporting the college in a similar way in the future."