The rigorous journey through the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is coming to a happy conclusion for the 95 members of the Class of 2017 and their friends and families. First comes the formal hooding ceremony at the McKimmon Center at 6 p.m. May 12 when the graduating class also takes the Veterinarian’s Oath. The next day, at 9 a.m., they will receive their DVM degrees during the university’s commencement at PNC Arena.
These new DVMs represent diverse career paths, reflecting a variety of focuses. Most popular is the small animal practice focus, with 30 members of the class graduating with that concentration. Other focus areas include: small animal-clinician scientist, one; epidemiology, two; food animal, 18; avian and exotics, eight; lab animal, six; mixed animal practice, 13; equine practice, four; pathology, five; and zoological medicine, eight.
This is the 33rd graduating class of the CVM. A recent study determined that 36 percent of all practicing veterinarians in North Carolina are NC State graduates.
Since 2004, the college’s curriculum has allowed students to choose focus areas in their DVM education. The focus concept gives students an opportunity for more in-depth training related to their post-graduation career plans while preserving a broad-based veterinary education.
Members of the Class of 2017 proudly continue the tradition of excellence at the CVM, consistently ranked among the top colleges of veterinary medicine in the nation and known for its commitment to teaching, research and compassionate patient care. Congratulations to all.
For more information on the 2017 CVM graduation ceremony, go cvm.ncsu.edu/dvm-students/graduation.
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.
We asked Class of 2017 students to share in their own words what their CVM experience has meant to them: the ups, the downs, the experiences, the memories that won’t likely fade away. Read their stories here:
Class of 2017 Story: Unwavering Support
If I had to give advice to current and future CVM classes it would have to be this: Don't be afraid to say, “I don't know" or "let me look that up.”
Class of 2017 Story: Memories That Can Never Be Duplicated
My advice to current and future students: veterinary school is hard. No one gets through it without putting in a lot of...
Class of 2017 Story: A Career With Clear Focus
While at the CVM, I have learned that I can juggle life pretty well even when it gets hard. I would advise all students to remember that there is more to life than...
Class of 2017 Story: Embracing Veterinary Medicine, One Continent at a Time
As I think back over the past four years, I find myself thinking of my travels in moments. Biking past sheep fields on the way to the equine hospital in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The absurdity of...
Class of 2017 Story: Embracing Broadened Horizons
What sticks out in my mind most about my CVM experience is the vast amount of time I was allowed to go off and get new experiences...
Class of 2017 Story: Achieving a Huge Life Goal
Class of 2017 students share in their own words what their CVM experience has meant to them: the ups, the downs, the experiences, the memories that...