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After 37 years of practice, Nishimoto said the words spoken by his former dean at WSU, Leo Bustad, were right: nothing compares to the power of the human-animal bond.
“I enjoy giving back to the community, both locally and throughout the world,” he added. “I’m selfish; it gives me joy to help others.”
He was nominated for the award by Alofa Mo Meaola (Love for Animals), a grassroots nonprofit alternative humane society dedicated to the welfare of animals in American Samoa.
Nishimoto’s two children, Matthew and Christine, are both Cougs.
Matthew received a degree in computational neuroscience and Japanese in 2021. Christine has been at WSU since 2013 and is in her final year of WSU’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. The plan is for her to take over the family practice.
While the urge to give back and love for family has led Nishimoto to humanitarian work, it’s also the same thing that attracted him to veterinary medicine more than four decades ago when he picked up late veterinarian James Herriot’s book “All Creatures Great and Small” during his junior year of high school.
“I really liked the idea of helping people in need and animals that couldn't help themselves; that’s never changed,” Nishimoto said.
Stay tuned for the full story in an upcoming edition of the Washington State Magazine.