White Coat Ceremony

Class of 2025

Due to social distancing requirements set forth by the state, county, and university that will likely stay in place through the summer, our traditional White Coat Ceremony will be held virtually this August. If conditions permit, an in-person celebration for the students may occur.

The white coat is the symbol of clinical service and care. At other schools, students only participate in didactic education in the first years of their training. Their white coat ceremony then occurs during their transition to the clinical phase of their education. At UC Davis, you will have the opportunity to work with patients and gain clinical skills in your first year. Therefore, you will take the School of Veterinary Medicine student oath, receive your white coat, and be welcomed into the veterinary profession by the dean in this ceremony that begins your professional education.


The White Coat Ceremony will be held virtually through the School's Facebook page on Friday, August 20, 2021 through a live stream event. More details will become available as the date gets closer.

Students are encouraged to dress in business casual attire during the virtual ceremony.