Become a Preceptor

Together we can help tomorrow’s veterinarians to succeed

Thank you for your interest in serving as a clinical preceptor for a veterinary student. Clinical preceptors are part of a community-based approach to veterinary medicine and provide our students with the training they need to succeed. 

All veterinary students are required to complete a four-week, guided preceptorship experience as part of their education. Together, we can ensure they have the best training possible.

We especially encourage mixed animal, equine, and agricultural animal practices to apply.

Gary Marshall (’89 DVM), Island Cats Veterinary Hospital.

Gary Marshall (’89 DVM), Island Cats Veterinary Hospital 

What qualities make an ideal preceptor?

  • A genuine desire to teach students the art and science of veterinary medical practice.
  • A high level of commitment to the instruction of students.
  • A desire to serve as a role model and mentor.
  • A clinic where students can observe and participate in all aspects of the practice from working with clients to business office procedures.

Is my practice eligible?

  • Private practices in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming are preferred for Preceptor sites, however practices in other states are welcome to apply.
  • The practice is a general practice (referral or consultation practices are not eligible).
  • The practice must have a minimum of two veterinarians.



WIMU, the Washington–Idaho–Montana–Utah Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine, is a partnership between:

  • Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • University of Idaho Department of Animal and Veterinary Science
  • Montana Cooperative Program with Montana State University
  • Utah State University School of Veterinary Medicine