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MU College of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Neil Olson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, served as the master of ceremonies during the 60th annual commencement. Dr. Debbye Turner presented the commencement address.

Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, MU College of Veterinary Medicine alumna, former Miss America and television network feature reporter, returned to Columbia May 15 for the CVM’s 60th annual commencement. With a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor, Turner Bell presented the commencement address before 70 members of the Class of 2009 recited the Veterinarian’s Oath and were welcomed as the newest members of the profession.

Turner Bell joked about her experiences as Miss America, but also discussed the more serious lessons she had learned from growing up owning animals. Urging the class to embrace their responsibilities, she recounted one hard-learned lesson when, as a child, she failed to vaccinate a dog in a timely manner and that mistake ended up costing her pet its life.

Members of the Class of 2009 selected Dr. Amanda Owens to give a response on their behalf. Owens shared with the audience some of the future goals and accomplishments of

Dr. Amanda Owens’ classmates elected her to give the response on behalf of the graduating class.

her fellow students outside of the classroom, including those students who had married and become parents while in veterinary school and one student who had simultaneously studied American history and government in order to become a citizen while earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Dr. Scott Fray, president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, led the graduates in reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath, after which Dr. Ron Cott, associate dean for Student and Alumni Affairs and director of Development, presented the graduating class. Dr. Charles Wiedmeyer, assistant professor, Dr. Deborah Fine, assistant professor, and Dr. Robert Youngquist, associate dean for academic affairs, conducted the investiture. Bo Fraser, vice chairman of the MU Board of Curators, conferred the Doctor of

Dr. Charles Wiedmeyer (left) and Dr. Robert Youngquist place a ceremonial hood around a member of the CVM Class of 2009.

Veterinary Medicine degree to the class members. Veterinarians completing internships, residencies and graduate programs at the CVM also received recognition during the ceremony.

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