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Foreign Languages and Cultures Vet Med Alliance

Spanish for Veterinarians

Program Description

Spanish for veterinary 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 veterinarian students to fully engage in global animal health throughout their careers.

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 web-based course 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 face-to-face and online learning.

Using these methods, students interact with their instructor and classmates in person, and when online, via web discussion forums and chat sessions. The online course platform also provides audio files for students to hear the correct pronunciation of vocabulary, and provide high-quality 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

“Since I was in grade school, the Spanish language and different cultures that use it have always interested me, and becoming a better speaker will continue to be an important goal in my life. When I began taking Spanish classes in high school and at my undergraduate university, Spanish and my science/health classes never connected until I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Peru for 3 months.

I had never realized the international opportunities in veterinary medicine until I was able to see firsthand the closeness of the relationship between the rural Peruvians and their animals and livestock.  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. Being able to speak with clients and with workers on large livestock farms who cannot speak English well, is essential in practicing the best medicine and promoting animal health to its fullest.

The advanced Spanish for Veterinarians class offered at WSU CVM has so far been a great experience and well worth taking! There has been a great diversity of topics covered to expose us to new vocabulary and important cultural differences, while giving us the opportunity to practice speaking and listening.

The dedication of the professors to student learning and their willingness to work with the busy schedules of vet students has been exceptional. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to broaden my understanding of veterinary medicine and increase my capacity to talk with people and care for their animals. I truly believe that this class will make a better veterinarian!”

– Heather Hergert, 2nd Year Vet Med Student

For more information, please contact
 Sonia López-López
Spanish-VetMed Instructor
Thompson Hall  124G
(509) 335-4361
silopez-lopez@wsu.edu
Karen Hornfelt
CVM Academic Coordinator
110B Bustad Hall
(509) 335-1531
khornfelt@vetmed.wsu.edu