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Dr. Neil C. Olson, CVM dean, presents Dr. Katrina Crecelius with her diploma as her father, Dr. Michael Crecelius, who assisted in hooding his daughter, looks on. Dr. Tony Mann (seated) also participated in the investiture.
Dr. Marty Becker offered the keynote address to the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2011.
Dr. William Shore, president of the CVM Alumni Organization, greeted the Class of 2011 on behalf of the organization and explained opportunities for the graduates to stay in touch with each other and the college.
Dr. Dana Gillig, president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, leads the CVM Class of 2011 in reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath.
Graduating DVMs recite the Veterinarian’s Oath.

Dr. Marty Becker, author and veterinary correspondent for “Good Morning America,” addressed the 62nd commencement of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Becker is recognized as a pioneer in the movement to recognize the positive link between pets and people. He is co-author of the fastest-selling pet book in history, “Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul,” and authored or co-authored other top-selling books, including “The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets To Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy,” and “Fitness Unleashed: A Dog and Owner’s Guide to Losing Weight and Gaining Health Together!” He is co-author of the New York Times best-seller, “Why Do Dogs Drink Out of the Toilet?” as well as “Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual: Hundreds of Secrets, Surprises, and Solutions for Raising a Happy Healthy Dog.”

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as at his alma mater, Washington State University, and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.

He spoke to the newest doctors of veterinary medicine about the importance of instilling confidence in clients as they build their veterinary practices. He shared some techniques for winning over the affection of dogs and cats, such as cats love the taste of Vegemite, and spoke about the need to let each client know that they and their pets are important to their veterinarian. He also shared anecdotes about former clients with interesting pet names and urged the graduates to not only get to know their patients by name, but to also learn why the clients picked the names they did for their pets.

Members of the Class of 2011 selected Dr. Sarah K. Spidel to give a response on their behalf. In an address punctuated with a healthy dose of humor, Spidel joked about the significance of the graduation date, Friday the 13th, and how it had been a recurring theme throughout their professional education, from their first year working in the anatomy lab to resembling zombies during the daylight deprived clinical training as fourth-year students. In a more serious turn, Spidel paid tribute to the dedication of her classmates, relating accounts of veterinary students who had become parents during their professional education and returned to the classroom the following week. She also talked about the diversity of the class that comprised triathletes, soldiers and musicians and how four years at the college had forged a close friendship between a cowboy and a New Yorker. She thanked the “moms” in the Zou café for always being ready with a friendly smile and reminded her classmates of one of their instructor’s habits of concluding his lectures by projecting a slide featuring an image of his pointer. Summing up her comments, she quoted the instructor: “Well, we’ve made it to the birddog,” she said.

Dr. Dana Gillig, 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. Carrie Duran, adjunct assistant teaching professor, Dr. F.A. (Tony) Mann, professor, and Dr. Robert Youngquist, associate dean for academic affairs, conducted the investiture. CVM Dean Dr. Neil C. Olson conferred the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree to the class members on behalf of the Board of Curators.

Veterinarians completing internships, residencies and graduate programs at the CVM also received recognition during the ceremony.

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