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School of Veterinary Medicine Celebrates Graduates at Commencement 2004

June 21, 2004

UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef, Dean Bennie I. Osburn and members of the faculty proudly presented the School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2004 Friday, June 18 when school officials conferred 115 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees at an evening ceremony in the UC Davis Pavilion.

Graduate Monical Revel opened the ceremony with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner. Student speakers Catherine Hagan and Margaret Hunt made presentations to their classmates, and a group of students entertained the audience with a song written especially for the class.

In recognition of outstanding academic and clinical performance, John R. Pascoe, Executive Associate Dean, presented the 2004 School of Veterinary Medicine Medal to Laurie Ann Tassano, a student in the small animal track.

The school awarded 21 certificates to candidates for the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree. These veterinarians have studied advanced veterinary medicine and epidemiology courses related to population health in domestic animals and wildlife, human public health, and medical informatics.

Also recognized were 35 candidates completing residencies at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Each resident has spent two to four years beyond the DVM degree in training for specialized practice in small animal medicine, emergency and critical care medicine, large and small animal surgery, equine reproduction, imaging and a host of other veterinary medical specialties.

The school conferred nine Bachelor of Science degrees to students continuing in the four-year professional program.

Stanley Marks, professor of small animal internal medicine—gastroenterology, spoke to the graduates on behalf of the faculty. He remarked on the record number of internships being sought by students this year—52 of the 115 graduates have accepted interships—and challenged the class to cultivate their humanity, learn, teach and live a life in which they are generous.

Representatives of the Class of 1954, celebrating their 50th anniversary reunion, attended Commencement as honored guests. They created a ceremonial bouquet to grace the stage that represented each of the 52 members of their class.

Alumni Achievement Award recipients Robert BonDurant, Connor Jameson and the late Bernard Feldman were also honored at the event, and the school recognized other accomplishments during the Commencement period (see related story).

Concluding the ceremony, Dr. Peter A. Weinstein, president of the California Veterinary Medical Association, led his new colleagues as they and all veterinarians present recited the Veterinarian's Oath.

Currently, 488 students are enrolled in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree program. The professional program includes four years of academic course work as well as hands on training at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Media contact:

Lynn Narlesky, Communications, (530) 752-5257