Walt Klimecki, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor


About Me

My DVM degree has taken me on a journey that I could never have imagined when I was in vet school. From mixed veterinary practice to graduate school, a post-doc, starting up a biotech company, human genetics research, university teaching, the DVM degree was my springboard to the most amazing journey ever. My passion is building an academic program that offers our students a vet school experience like no other, and one that rewards our students' hard work with boundless career potential.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to cook ethnic food (my posole verde is not to be missed). I also enjoy home-crafted and home-grown food, I roast my own coffee beans and make my own fermented foods like cheese, kimchi, saurkraut. I'm an enthusiastic backpacker and day-hiker, with a special fondness for the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson. I also love traveling, particularly within Latin America.

What excites you about this position?

By now you know that I love crafting things. At the UA College of Veterinary Medicine, we are crafting an incomparable educational experience for students that takes advantage of the current research on teaching and learning--an experience that is built to be student-centered, from day one, all the way to a day-one-ready veterinarian. OK, what could possibly be more exciting than that?