Meet Some of Our Supporters
Susan Bradish (‘97 DVM) with her husband Jim.
In the winter of 1995, Susan Bradish (‘97 DVM), then a third year veterinary student, packed her bags and boarded a plane to India carrying a Lonely Planet travel guide and a letter from a veterinary professor she was to meet in Harayana.
Like a lot of little kids growing up in southwest Idaho, Shawn Sanders (’09 DVM) dreamed of being a cowboy on a ranch. By junior high, he knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. After earning his undergraduate degree, WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine seemed like the perfect place to study large animal medicine and earn a DVM.
David and Sandi Bielski
What does one business, two Cougar veterinarians, three WSU degrees, and an adopted Cougar make? A Cougar legacy.
Kathy and Kyle Frandle
Driving around the Santa Cruz hills in his old truck with a California license plate that reads "WSU DVM," Kyle Frandle is reminded how it all started. Kyle ('74 BS, '76 MS, '80 DVM) met his wife Kathy ('74 BA, '75 MA) when they were both juniors at WSU. He was working on a biology degree, she was studying elementary education.
Dr. Betsy and Drake Charles
It didn't take long for Betsy Charles ('95 BS Education, '95 BS Sciences, '03 DVM) to give back to the college that had given her so much. After she earned her DVM in 2003, Betsy completed a one year internship at an equine referral hospital. The very next year she began coming back to WSU as a facilitator for the veterinary Diagnostic Challenge.
Dr. Ken Jacobsen with Lori,
his wife of 25 years,
and their dog Lucy.
Ken Jacobsen ('77 BS; '82 DVM) knows the value of an excellent education. As a WSU graduate, he says his education was central to his success as a veterinarian and a businessman. So when he and his wife, Lori, had the opportunity to give back, a gift to the Teaching Academy was a natural fit.
Anita Busek ('49 Speech Comm.) loved Chevy Chase. Not the actor, but the golden Labrador she rescued in 2008. "Chevy Chase" was just one of a half dozen dogs that Anita would take in during her life. Whether they lost their home or their owners could no longer care for them, Anita would find room for a dog in her home.
Jill and Jesse
After "Jessie," a blond Cocker Spaniel, passed away in May 2009 at the age of 11 following a hard-fought battle with gastrointestinal cancer, her owner Jill Strickler wanted to do something to honor Jessie’s memory and give back to those who cared for her. "I wanted to repay the amazing gift they gave us with a scholarship to help students follow their dreams and become veterinarians to help pets like Jessie," said Strickler.
Dolly and Jacquelyn
Some people have really big hearts. When Dr. Jon Pennell ('81 DVM) made a donation to the Pet Memorial Program at WSU to honor a black lab named Gus who succumbed to cancer in 2010, Gus’ owner Jacquelyn Holland-Wright did something extraordinary--she put on a musical show.
Jenna and Timmy
When 8-year-old Jenna from Washington State saw her beloved 18-month-old English Mastiff, "Timmy" suffering from Wobbler disease, a degenerative condition of the cervical spine that causes unsteadiness and eventually loss of mobility, she wanted to do something to help. So she decided to ride her bike for Timmy.
Class of 1961
Twenty-three class members attended their 50th class reunion in June 2011. They presented Nicholas Paulson (Class of 2012) with the first Class of 1961 Professionalism Award.
Charles C. Mellinger III
When Charles Mellinger III graduated from high school in 1981, he knew he wanted to follow in his family's tradition and attend WSU.
Bill Johnson travels by bicycle along a familiar 217-mile route from his home in Cle Elum to Pullman, Wash. all to raise money for Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Laureates of Washington State University's College of Veterinary medicine have a lifetime giving of $1,000,000 or more.
Benefactors of Washington State University's College of Veterinary medicine have a lifetime giving of $100,000 - $999,999.