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CVM Graduates 112
New Veterinarians

A group of newly graduated doctors of veterinary medicine celebrate following commencement ceremonies held May 16 at Jesse Hall.
Before the commencement ceremonies start, Karen Kreiensieck assists classmate Alicia Rueschhoff with her mortar board.
Graduation speaker Dr. Janet Donlin advises the Class of 2014 to be brave and bold in building their lives.
Abigail Owens receives her hood from Dr. Mirae Wood (right), assistant teaching professor, and Dr. Linda Berent, associate dean of academic affairs.
Dean Neil C. Olson presents Zijin Zhou with his diploma.
Led by Missouri Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. David Prigel, members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2014 recite the Veterinarian’s Oath.
Dr. David Prigel leads the graduates in the Veterinarian’s Oath.
Nathan Feyerabend gives the response on behalf of his classmates.
Meital Laks celebrates with her family and the CVM mule team, Tim and Terry.

The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine graduated 112 new veterinarians May 16 during the college’s 65th annual commencement. Dean Neil C. Olson, DVM, PhD, served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

During her commencement address, Janet Donlin, DVM, chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association Professional Liability Insurance Trust, shared some of the lessons she has learned in the years since she earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

She said she finds inspiration in a quote by Steve Jobs: “Don’t just live a life; build your life.”

“To me that really resonates,” Donlin told the graduates. “The fact that you’re sitting in these chairs means that you get that. You are building your life.”

Donlin encouraged the graduates to be unafraid to take risks when opportunities arise and to focus on their strengths rather than their weaknesses.

“What do we all want to be?” she said. “Passionate, committed, successful veterinarians. You will do that by establishing your own personal goals, knowing how you want to build your life. Make sure you’re brave and you’re bold.”

To watch Dr. Donlin’s speech, please click here.

David Prigel, DVM, president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, led the graduates in reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath. Ron Cott, DVM, associate dean for Student and Alumni Affairs and director of Advancement, presented the graduating class for investiture, which was conducted by Linda Berent, associate dean for academic affairs, Bill Fales, PhD, professor of veterinary pathobiology, and Mirae Wood, DVM, assistant teaching professor of veterinary medicine and surgery. Former Missouri Supreme Court Judge Ann K. Covington, a member of the UM Board of Curators, conferred the doctor of veterinary medicine degree to the class members.

Members of the Class of 2014 selected Nathan Feyerabend to give a response on their behalf.

“It certainly feels unreal to be standing here celebrating this day, which once seemed so far away,” he said. “Years of hard work, sleepless nights and occasionally substandard hygiene have all culminated in this moment.”

Feyerabend recalled the challenges the graduates faced throughout their four years of veterinary college, from their first two years in the classroom through their clinical experiences, in which he said, “We dressed like doctors, talked like doctors and ran around like marathon runners.” He thanked the families, friends and instructors who helped the graduates succeed and encouraged his classmates to be confident as they begin their careers.

“No matter where this great profession takes you, remember to enjoy the journey,” Feyerabend said.


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