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Dr. Cindy Bishop

Dr. Bishop holds Cooper, her silkie satin guinea pig (Cavia Porcellus).

EDUCATION: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Washington State University

WHY DID YOU TRADE WORKING IN A VETERINARY CLINIC FOR WORKING AT A UNIVERSITY?
It became clear to me over the years that if I teach others what I know, I can have an exponentially bigger impact to help people and animals. I wish I could clone myself so I could do both full time, because I love being a veterinarian. I fill in for friends at their clinics, and I get called in once in a while for an emergency surgery.

IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU INVOLVE YOUR STUDENTS IN RESEARCH?
One of the projects I’ve worked on for several years is looking at a zoonotic parasite that raccoons carry and people and their pets can become infected with. I’ve had four groups of students over the past six years work with me.

WHAT DO YOUR STUDENTS DO IN LAB?
In microbiology, I draw blood from cats in a shelter, and we do the feline leukemia test in lab. Students test for antibodies that would imply that the cat either has the disease or was exposed to it, and then we’ll report that information back to the shelter or clinic. Students are able to offer a real benefit for the cats, so it’s a win-win.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE VET SCHOOLS YOUR STUDENTS HAVE GONE TO?
Washington State University, Oregon State University, University of California–Davis, and more. One of my research students got into a vet school in Scotland. Another student was accepted to the most prestigious vet school in the world: the Royal Veterinary College in London.

WHAT PETS DO YOU HAVE?
I tend to be a rescuer. I have Cavalier King Charles spaniels, a cat that adopted us, a potbellied pig, four chickens, and a couple of parrots, including an Amazon parrot more than 30 years old. I also have a couple of rabbits, and I raise and show guinea pigs.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO BE A VETERINARIAN?
If that is your passion, don’t let anyone talk you out of it. But on the flip side, really look into it and investigate if that’s what you want to do, because there are so many other ways to be involved. I would say the same thing to someone who wants to go into human medicine.

DO YOU THINK ANIMALS GO TO HEAVEN?
Oh, I do. They won’t need me as a vet, though. I guess I’ll just get to play with them.