Friday, June 13, 2003, 122 graduates joined the ranks of veterinary professionals by earning their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The ceremony took place at noon in the Recreation Hall on the Davis campus.
Program completion certificates were awarded to 14 veterinarians in the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree program. These veterinarians have studied aspects of veterinary medicine and epidemiology related to public health, informatics and the population health of domestic animals and wildlife.
Certificates of completion went to 31 veterinarians who have spent 2-4 years of residency training at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. They have engaged in the practice of small animal medicine, emergency and critical care medicine, large and small animal surgery, equine reproduction, radiology and a host of other veterinary medical specialties.
School officials also awarded 11 Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees to students pursuing their DVM degrees.
Dean Bennie I. Osburn stated, "Our heartfelt congratulations go to the Class of 2003. We proudly send these accomplished graduates into practice--as practitioners, scientists, and academicians dedicated to animal, human and environmental health."
DVM degree candidates Jason Bravos and Melissa Garrod-VanLaningham made student presentations on behalf of the Class of 2003.
Rance Lefebvre, professor of microbiology in the department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, presented a talk, "Saving Lives."
The school recognized several alumni and faculty accomplishments during the Commencement period (see related story).
Also on hand for the Commencement ceremony were members of the Class of 1953, celebrating their 50th class reunion in Davis.
Currently, 488 students are enrolled in the 4-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program. The professional program includes academic course work and clinical training at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.