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Foreign Languages and Cultures Vet Med Alliance

Spanish for Veterinarians

Program Description

Spanish for Veterinarian Professionals at WSU is a collaborative response to the increasing need for specialized Spanish training to meet the needs of the growing Hispanic population in the State of Washington and throughout the U.S.   Equally important, language proficiency expands the opportunities for WSU veterinarians to fully engage in global animal health throughout the Americas.

The goal of this program is to provide future veterinarians with proficiency in the Spanish language. Veterinary medical students begin with a practical introduction to the language, and continue on through the series, ending with a capstone activity that will provide them with an opportunity to put their newly-acquired language skills to work in a live animal health environment.

The Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures has a Course Management System allowing a hybrid teaching environment – the course is taught partly in the classroom, and partly online. This gives the student the benefits of both online and face-to-face learning. Using these methods, students interact with their instructor and classmates in person, and online, via web discussion forums and chat sessions. Other useful resources provided include audio files to hear the correct pronunciation of vocabulary, and interactive study activities.

This program is ideal for veterinary medicine students and professionals to gain a basic level of proficiency in the Spanish language. The Department of Foreign Languages, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health invite you to come and see what we can do for you!

Student Testimonials

“…Spanish has now become a link connecting my love for veterinary medicine, and my desire to help relieve poverty in developing countries. Since starting vet school, I have also learned of the importance of knowing Spanish and working in the United States… “

“…The advanced Spanish for Veterinarians class offered at WSU CVM has so far been a great experience and well worth taking! … I truly believe that this class will make a better veterinarian!” Read More->

” – Heather Hergert, 2nd Year VetMed Student


For more information, please contact:

Íñigo Serna
SPAN-VetMed Instructor
Thompson Hall Rm 110C
(509) 335-8811
Karen Hornfelt
CVM Academic Coordinator
110B Bustad Hall
(509) 335-1531
Sonia López-López
SPAN-VetMed Instructor
Thompson Hall Rm  17
(509) 335-7091
Cecil Williams
DFLC Education Tech Coordinator

Thompson Hall 224E
(509) 335-3874

CVM = College of Veterinary Medicine
DFLC = Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures