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More than Symbolic: Veterinary Students
Ready to Roll up Sleeves of White Coats

Members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2010 celebrated the beginning of the clinical portion of their veterinary education during the eighth annual White Coat Ceremony, Oct. 20, 2008. The event was held at the Columbia, Mo., Holiday Inn Executive Center.

The 65 members of the class received their laboratory coats from a family member or mentor whom they selected to make the presentation. Hundreds of other well-wishers were also present to congratulate the students after the ceremony.

The White Coat presentation traditionally takes place after students successfully complete more than two years of classroom education as they prepare to begin working with animal patients that are brought to the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for care. The students will next spend nearly two years working in the hospital’s Small-Animal, Large-Animal and Food-Animal clinics on their way to completing their DVM degrees.

Mary Factor helps her son Mike don his white laboratory coat as Dr. Neil C.
Olson, CVM dean, watches and waits to congratulate the veterinary student
and his mother. Olson told the Class of 2010 to take heart in the fact that
they had passed the half-way mark toward becoming veterinarians.


CVM Dean Dr. Neil Olson helps student David Maledy into his white
laboratory coat as CVM Admissions Advisor Kathy Seay looks on.


Dr. Gheorge M. Constantinescu, CVM professor in the Department of
Biomedical Sciences, greets Peggy Moore, mother of veterinary student
Kira Moore, as they prepare to walk on the stage for the presentation of
Kira’s white laboratory coat.


After the students received their coats, they were congratulated by
Dr. Neil Olson, CVM dean; Dr. John Dodam, CVM Chairman of Veterinary
Medicine and Surgery; Dr. David Wilson, director of the Veterinary Medical
Teaching Hospital; Dr. Clark Fobian of the American Veterinary Medical
Association; Dr. Steve Strubberg, president of Missouri Veterinary Medical
Association, and Richard Antweiler, MVMA executive director, who also
presented the students with veterinary lapel pins from the MVMA.


Jeanie Welker, president of the Class of 2010, gave her fellow students’
response during the eighth annual White Coat Ceremony. She reminded
her classmates that the road to anywhere worth going isn’t always easy.

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