Their lives have gone in very different directions over four years. Soon, they’ll stand together again one last time.
The 99 members of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2019 will walk across the graduation stage during the traditional oath and hooding ceremony 6 p.m. May 10 at the McKimmon Center and walk off as doctors of veterinary medicine. Students will receive their DVM degrees during the university’s commencement at PNC Arena at 9 a.m. May 11.
The class, the CVM’s 35th, entered the college as the most diverse in its history. In their time at the CVM, members of the Class of 2019 have discovered passions for shelter animal medicine, endangered sea turtles and swine production. They’ve helped save animals during Hurricane Florence. Like all CVM classes, they’ve been with each other through the good times and were there for each other during times that were tough.
Small animal medicine is the most popular focus area for the class, with 37 graduates. That’s fairly typical. What’s also typical is how the mix of other Class of 2019 interests demonstrates veterinary medicine’s vital reach. Twelve are graduating focused on food animal medicine, and 11 on zoological medicine. Many are choosing to focus on exotic animals and horses and epidemiology.
The Veterinarian’s Oath:
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.
Congratulations, Class of 2019. You earned this.
We asked Class of 2019 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 2019 Story: A New Life, Unplanned
Name: Danielle Mzyk Hometown: Chapel Hill Focus: Food animal Post-graduation plans: Associate veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Waterford, in Waterford, Pa. When I walked onto NC State’s campus 10 years ago I had no idea the road my journey to DVM would take me. I originally wanted to pursue a career in small animal
Class of 2019 Story: Strength in Numbers
Name: Nikesh Patel Hometown: New Brunswick, N.J. Focus: Small animal surgery Post-graduation plans: Small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery, Ohio State University I was 12 when my seventh grade art teacher told me how challenging it was to become a doctor of veterinary medicine. For a while, I allowed fear of that challenge
Class of 2019 Story: Gaining a Different Perspective
Name: Kaytee McCullough Hometown: Tryon, N.C. Focus: Food animal Post-graduation plans: Poultry emphasis anatomic pathology residency and pursuing a Ph.D. No good has ever come from doing a group project — except one of my closest friendships. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I thought group projects were done forever. Sure, we have to work on
Class of 2019 Story: With Every Patient, an Indelible Lesson
Name: Tyler Perkins Hometown: Greensboro Focus: Small animal and exotics Post-graduation plans: Emergency medicine The first year of veterinary school was an academic challenge unlike anything I had ever experienced. I embraced the challenge and thankfully had access to faculty and staff who were more supportive than I ever expected. That was my first glimpse
Class of 2019 Story: Memories of a CVM Journey, Great and Small
Name: Caide Wooten I distinctly remember sitting in North Theater the first or second day of orientation in August 2015. The room was packed, and the air was palpable with emotion — excitement for finally making it to vet school, fear for the course load that had already been described as...