Julie Cary

Julie Cary

Clinical Associate Professor
Office Phone: 509-335-0711



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.

Her research interests include developing novel approaches to treating lameness conditions and developing better teaching strategies for veterinary students.