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WSU vet and nursing students team up for low-income healthcare clinic

SPOKANE, Wash. - Washington State University College of Nursing students teamed up with their veterinary counterparts on Friday to hold the school's first ever homeless and low-income health screening clinic in Spokane. 

More than 100 folks came through the doors during the five hour clinic and many of them brought their furry companions. 

Nursing students were able to get hands-on experience administering vaccines like tetanus, measles and mumps, hepatitis, blood-glucose tests, and open wound treatment. Veterinary students gave vaccines, trimmed nails and handed flea and tick medication to the dogs and cats they saw. 

"It is all about taking care of your animal," said Alfred Foerster, who is currently homeless. "He takes care of me so I need to take care of him. I wouldn't be able to do this if it didn't exist."

"It is just really great that something like this is open for people that can't afford to go somewhere else," said Tyffani Chen, a WSU nursing student.

With as many folks came through the door on Friday, the dean of the College of Nursing says they are already planning to do it again. 

"We are just thrilled at how successful this has been on our first attempt," said Joyce Griffin-Sobel, "we intend to do this on a regular basis."


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