Referring Veterinarians

Visiting Practitioner Program

Would you like to help shape future veterinarians as a WSU Faculty Clinician?

Visiting Practitioner ProgramIf so, the WSU Visiting Practitioner Program may be a great opportunity. The private practitioner is a highly respected colleague of WSU and an important member of our instructional team. The advice and experience of contemporary practitioners is invaluable to us in the education of our students and in shaping our curriculum. This program is designed to give practicing veterinarians a chance to experience life at a university teaching hospital, help teach and meet upcoming graduates, and enhance working relationship with university clinicians.
The visiting practitioner program provides veterinarians with a one-day opportunity to be instructor clinicians in the Small Animal Community Practice section or Large Animal sections of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. While visiting, interested practitioners will have the opportunity to get acquainted with students and contribute to their education by sharing their personal experiences with similar cases, practice tips and advice. The day begins with a brief orientation to the service area and visiting practitioners will get a copy of the hospital's daily receiving plan from a designated member of the faculty or hospital staff. Practitioners will then be able to participate in rounds dealing directly with outpatient services, work with senior students, and receive routine appointments in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Visiting practitioners can also meet with the hospital director or department chair.

For those interested in the program, contact Kathy Dahman in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at 509-335-4156 or by email at The teaching hospital schedule can accommodate one visiting practitioner per week, so arrangements need to be made at least two weeks in advance of a proposed visit. Practitioners can also arrange an additional day or more with a faculty specialist of their choice. 

Participants will receive a letter confirming the date of their planned visit to campus as well as a map, parking permit, and instructions that include a protocol for the chosen service, and any other information pertinent to their visit. Veterinarians can also repeat their participation in the VPP program as often as they like. 

The students, staff and faculty at Washington State University invite you to give this excellent program a try! We hope you will take advantage of this special program and come visit your colleagues and friends at Washington State University.

Give Now

The Visiting Practitioner Program is free of charge, but visiting practitioners are welcome to donate to the  Veterinary Clinical Sciences Development Fund to help support these activities and excellence in WSU clinical training programs.

For questions about giving, contact Kay Glaser, assistant director of development,
509-335-4835 or

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