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CVM Students Move from
Classroom to Clinics

Mike Bencivenga, a member of the MU CVM Class of 2011, accepts a pin from Dr. Scott Fray, president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. Also pictured are MVMA Executive Director Richard Antweiler (left) and Dr. Alex Bermudez, associate professor and chairman of the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.
Dr. Robert Youngquist (left), associate dean of academic affairs at the MU CVM, greets Ed Halpin, father of CVM student Rachel Halpin, prior to Rachel receiving her white coat.
Sharon Horzmann helps her daughter, Katharine Horzmann, into her white coat during the Class of 2011 White Coat Ceremony.
Abby Whiting hugs CVM Dean Dr. Neil Olson after receiving her white coat.

Members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2011 celebrated the completion of two years of classroom studies and their move into clinical training during the annual White Coat Ceremony Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. The transition ceremony preceded a banquet at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia as the 69 students were joined by friends, family, CVM faculty and other well-wishers.

The presentation 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.

The students selected a family member, friend or mentor to present and assist them in donning their laboratory coats. They will next 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.

CVM Dean Dr. Neil C. Olson congratulated the class members on their success in reaching the midpoint and said he looked forward to greeting them again in May 2011 as they celebrate graduation. Dr. John Dodam, chairman of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Department, told the students that as their education moves from classroom to clinic their exams may no longer be multiple choice tests, but instead they would be tested at 2 a.m. as they work to save an animal’s life. Dr. Ron Cott, director of development and associate dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, reminded the group of the Veterinarians Oath that they will themselves recite in less than two years.

Class President Cameron Hall provided the response on behalf of the class and thanked the faculty for their support in helping him and his classmates in reaching this milestone.



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