Washington-Idaho-Utah (W-I-U) Veterinary Medical
History of the Program:
The original Tri-State Veterinary Education Program (WOI Regional Program – between Washington State University,
Oregon State University, and University of Idaho) was authorized in 1973 by the Idaho Legislature. The first
Idaho-resident students were enrolled in the program in 1974.
In September 1977, the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center (CVTC) at Caldwell, an off-campus unit of the University
of Idaho’s Veterinary Science Department, was opened as a part of Idaho’s contribution to the WOI Regional Program in
Veterinary Medicine. Oregon withdrew from the cooperative program in 2005.
In 2012, Washington State University and Utah State University announced a new educational partnership, and the
program is now entitled the Washington-Idaho-Utah (W-I-U) Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine.
Caine Veterinary Teaching Center (CVTC), Caldwell, Idaho:
The CVTC serves as a food animal referral hospital/teaching center where senior veterinary students from Washington
State University/College of Veterinary Medicine (WSU/CVM) participate in elective rotations that focus on food animal
The W-I-U Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and allows Idaho resident
students access to a veterinary medical education through an agreement with WSU, whereby students are excused from
paying out-of-state tuition. The program currently provides access for 11 Idaho-resident students per year (funding
for 44 students annually). The CVTC program is administered through the Department of Animal and Veterinary Science
(AVS), in U-Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS).
University of Idaho faculty members are specialized in virology, bacteriology, pharmacology, epidemiology,
medicine, and surgery, and hold joint appointments between the UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in the
AVS Department (scholarly activities/research/service) and W-I-U Regional Program in Veterinary Medicine
The service and diagnostic components of the CVTC are integral to the food animal production medicine teaching
program, offering clinical and laboratory diagnostic assistance for individual animal care or disease outbreak
investigation for veterinarians and livestock producers in Idaho. Live animals referred by practicing veterinarians
are used as hospital teaching cases for students when on rotation at that time. Students have access to select,
in-house laboratories to process samples they collect and analyze the results. Practicing veterinarians throughout
the state who need diagnostic help with disease problems also send samples directly to the laboratories at the CVTC
for analyses. Diagnostic services and assistance are also provided to Idaho State Department of Agriculture and to
the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. When additional services are required or requested by practitioners, personnel
at CVTC receive, process, and ship samples to other diagnostic laboratories.
For more information, contact: Dr. Gordon W. Brumbaugh, Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, 1020 E. Homedale Road,
Caldwell, ID 83607, (208) 454-8657; Dr. Mark McGuire, Head/Animal & Veterinary Science Department, University of
Idaho, Moscow ID 83844-2330, (208) 885-6345; or visit the following websites