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Commencement 2002

June 14, 2002

Friday, June 14, the 108 members of the Class of 2002 received their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The event took place at noon in the Recreation Hall on the Davis campus.

Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine  program completion certificates were awarded to 14 veterinarians who have studied specialized aspects of veterinary medicine and epidemiology related to public health, informatics and the population health of domestic animals and wildlife. 

Residency certificates went to 28 veterinarians who have completed 2-4 years of advanced training at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in small animal medicine, emergency and critical care medicine, surgery of large or small animals, equine reproduction, radiology and a host of other specialties.

Dwight C. Hirsh, professor emeritus of microbiology, was the faculty speaker for the event. Retired in 2000, Dr. Hirsh's research interests included studies of Pasteurella in poultry and clinical microbiology with emphasis on "fingerprinting" isolated infectious agents by molecular means. Among his teaching distinctions, he received the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1992 and the Faculty Award in 2000.

DVM candidates Daniel J. Fletcher and Tamara L. Rose, both senior class officers, made presentations on behalf of the Class of 2002. 

Alumni Achievement Awards

In addition to other distinguished guests, two alumni returned to the School of Veterinary Medicine to be recognized for outstanding contributions to the profession. Doctors Hugh B. Norris and Jerry R. Gillespie received the school's Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by the school.

Hugh B. Norris, DVM, a retired California veterinarian who spent 37 years as a small animal practitioner in Southern California, has been active in volunteer activities and veterinary medical associations at the local, state and national levels. A Navy veteran of WW II and the Korean War, Dr. Norris earned his DVM degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1957. Among his many community accomplishments is a long-standing connection with the Boy Scouts of America-he established the first Veterinary Medical Boy Scout Explorer Post in the world at the San Diego Zoo and has been a member of the Boy Scouts for 43 years.

Jerry R. Gillespie, DVM, PhD, currently directs the Joint Institute for Food Safety Research of the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. A professor at Kansas State University (on leave), Dr. Gillespie received his DVM degree from Oklahoma State University in 1961, followed by a doctorate in comparative pathology in 1965 at UC Davis-where he worked as a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine from 1966-1985. Dr. Gillespie's research interests include anesthesiology, equine performance diseases and the ecology of food-borne organisms, and he has actively promoted veterinary science and research on behalf of the profession. He is also a horse owner-trainer and a livestock producer.

Also on hand for the ceremony were members of the Class of 1952, celebrating their 50th class reunion in Davis.