VCS & Hospital Staff

Veterinary Clinical Sciences Staff


William Dernell
(509) 335-0738


Washington State University
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Pullman, WA, 99164-6610

PLEASE NOTE: WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine is a public institution dedicated to serving society and the animals they own. However, in the interest of good medical practice, we are unable to provide effective consultations by email. We recognize that your animals are important and we recommend that their urgent medical needs be attended to in most cases by veterinary expertise in your area to provide them with the best possible care. You are also welcome to make an appointment with the WSU veterinary teaching hospital either on your own or by referral from your primary veterinarian.

See Pet Health Topics for information on some topics.

Julie Cary

Clinical Associate Professor, Diplomate ACVS, Director of Clinical Communication Program and Clinical Simulation Center

Phone: 509-335-0711

Julie Cary



Dr. Cary graduated from Colorado State University with her DVM in 1999. She completed an equine internship at Idaho Equine Hospital, followed by a large animal surgical residency at the University of Minnesota. She worked in private practice prior to joining the faculty at WSU.

Professional Societies

American Association of Equine Practitioners 1999-present
American Veterinary Medical Association 1999-present
American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2004-present


Dr. Julie Cary DVM, MS, DACVS-LA is the Director of the Clinical Communication Program and the Clinical Simulation Center at Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. A large animal surgeon, she spent time in both private practice and academic settings prior to a career transition to program development. Her primary focus now is using tools of simulation to help learners of all stages (students to practicing veterinarians) enhance their professional satisfaction and success. From basic surgical skills and communication skills to instructing how to teach in the moment and work effectively in teams, she leverages the safety of simulation to advance learners’ skill sets. She is particularly interested in integrating clinical reasoning and clinical communication training and in using communication skills to build stronger veterinary teams. As a student of medical education, she has found that there is a perspective that veterinary medicine can offer to human healthcare that may be of benefit in these turbulent and changing times. In her free time she can be found trail running, mountain biking, or attempting to out-smart trout.