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August 18, 2015

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Members of the Class of 2019 received their induction into veterinary medicine in a White Coat Ceremony.

August 18, 2015

Families and friends gathered in the UC Davis arboretum last Friday evening to celebrate the induction of 144 new veterinary students into the school during the annual White Coat Ceremony. With a mixture of excitement and nerves, the Class of 2019 listened to words of encouragement and advice from a few speakers before donning their white lab coats and reciting the veterinarian’s oath.

Dean Lairmore opened the ceremony with a brief description of the school’s 68th class including: dogsled musher, documentary producer, medical assistant in Haiti after their big quake, animal shelter volunteer in Joplin after tornado, pole vaulter, professional saxophone player, Dreamworks animator and Quidditch player. And through some strange coincidence, 14 new students have a twin. To be sure, these students are bound to have some spectacular social events, Lairmore said.

Helene Dillard, dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), pointed out the similarities in the missions of the two schools and the fact that scholars in both are inspired to solve global health issues. The connection extended to the fact that 15 percent of the students sitting in front of her had joined the veterinary school after completing undergraduate degrees in CAES.

Dillard recalled the joy of peering into a basic microscope as a child to examine onion skins and mold spores on bread, knowing that her true calling was to be a scientist. Continue to follow that passion you discover in life, she advised the students. Listen carefully and intently as most of your patients can’t talk. Give back to your community and profession. And enjoy life. Take a moment to listen to the sound of birds in the morning or whatever it is that brings contentment.

SCAVMA President and third-year student Caroline Kiertivadthananond cautioned the incoming class against the pitfalls of becoming a hypochondriac on behalf of their pets—and to remember that their cat at home can probably only handle so many practice abdominal palpations.

As Dillard pointed out, these students are beginning “an incredibly bright and awesome future.”

Welcome to the veterinary medicine family!