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White Coat Ceremony Ushers
in Clinical Training

Class of 2015 President Tyler Armstrong gives the response on behalf of his classmates during the 2013 White Coat Ceremony Oct. 13.

College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Neil C. Olson addresses the students.

Yaira Rivera Rivera asked her boyfriend to present her  white coat.

Dean Neil C. Olson congratulates Bryan Davidson.

Evelyn McKay receives a veterinary lap pin provided by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.

The MU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2015 received white laboratory coats on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, during a ceremony that celebrated their successful completion of two years of classroom studies and their move into clinical training. The annual White Coat Ceremony marked the midpoint in the students’ professional curriculum. The first two years of preclinical training provided them with a foundation in biomedical sciences and included courses in anatomy, physiology, cell and molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, virology and toxicology. They also learned fundamentals in clinical disciplines that they will need for the rest of their veterinary education including, anesthesiology, clinical pathology, radiology, public health and medicine and surgery. They will now spend nearly two years working in the Veterinary Medical  Teaching Hospital in the Small Animal, Food Animal and Equine clinics, as well as undertaking preceptorships in private practices or with public agencies on their way to completing their DVM degrees.

The 115 students who took part in the ceremony selected a family member, friend or mentor to present their white coats and assist in donning them.

Dean Dr. Neil C. Olson congratulated the class members on their success in reaching this milestone and reminded them they were closer to the end of their DVM education than the beginning.  Dr. John Dodam, chairman of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Department, welcomed the students to the Teaching Hospital. Dr. Ron Cott, director of Advancement and associate dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, served as the emcee for the ceremony. Dr. Craig Payne, director of veterinary extension at MU and president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), and Richard Antweiler, executive director of MVMA, presented each student in the class with a veterinary medicine lapel pin from the MVMA.



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