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White Coats Symbolize
Transition in Learning

Dr. Robert Youngquist (left), associate dean of academic affairs at the MU CVM, congratulates Ryan Farmer as Farmer prepares to take the stage with his mentor Bryan Ramsey, who flew up from Texas to participate in the ceremony.
Kurt Lynn assists his daughter, Kristie Lynn, as she puts on her white coat.
Tyler Holtmeyer receives a congratulatory handshake and lapel pin from Missouri Veterinary Medical Association President Dr. Bruce Whittle.
Kari Hoerath joined 70 of her fellow Class of 2012 members in participating in the 10th Annual White Coat Ceremony.
Dr. John Dodam, chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery welcomes the Class of 2012 to their clinical veterinary training.
Class President Mike Hupp gives the response on behalf of his classmates.

Members of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2012 took the next step in their professional training during the 10th annual White Coat Ceremony held Oct. 17, 2010. The ceremony recognizes the students’ transition from classroom education to hands-on clinical training. The 71 students were joined by friends, family and CVM faculty as they crossed a small stage within the Reynolds Alumni Center and received their white laboratory coats.

The students selected a family member, friend or mentor to present and assist them in donning their coats. Dr. Bruce Whittle, president of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, then presented each student with a lapel pin.

The White Coat Ceremony marked the midpoint in the students’ professional curriculum. The first two years of preclinical training included basic science studies in anatomy, physiology, cell and molecular biology, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, virology and toxicology. The students also learned fundamentals in clinical disciplines including, anesthesiology, clinical pathology, radiology, public health and medicine and surgery.

The next phase of their education involves spending nearly two years working at 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.

Dr. Neil C. Olson, CVM Dean, congratulated the class members on their success reminding them that they were now closer to the conclusion of their DVM education than the beginning. Dr. John Dodam, chairman of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Department, told the students that as their education moves from classroom to clinics their tests may no longer involve multiple choice exams, but instead will involve the lives of their patients. Dr. Ron Cott, director of Development and associate dean of Student and Alumni Affairs, served as emcee for the event and also recited the Veterinarians Oath that the students themselves will take in less than two years.

Class President Mike Hupp provided the response on behalf of the class. He spoke of how the group had come together as strangers during the Veterinary Enrichment and Teambuilding orientation and had in the subsequent two years become a family. He thanked the CVM “IT wizards” for helping the class members keep their laptops operational, the staff of the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs and the faculty. He also thanked the friends and family who attended the ceremony for their support in helping him and his classmates reach this milestone.

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Last Update: February 29, 2012