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Congratulations Class of 2012

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.


The 76 members of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2012 will take the Veterinarian’s Oath when they participate in the traditional Oath and Hooding Ceremony this Friday evening and will receive their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees in formal university graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

Of the 76 graduates, 59 are women and 17 are men. The most popular career path remains small animal practice with 28 graduates having completed a curriculum focus area in that field. Other focus areas and the number of graduates who intend to enter that veterinary specialty include: food animal, 11; zoological medicine, 10; mixed animal practice, cap8; equine practice, 7; small animal: avian and exotics, 5; pathology, 2; clinician scientist, 2; epidemiology and public health, 2; and lab animal medicine, 1.

Established in 1979, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine graduated its first class in 1985 when 37 students received the DVM degree. In 2004, the CVM faculty changed the curriculum to allow student selection of specific focus areas in their DVM education. The goal of the focus area concept is to allow students to increase their depth of training in an intended area of post-graduate activity, while still retaining an important broad-based veterinary education that includes balanced instructional experiences involving all species and elements of veterinary medicine.

Although one of the newer veterinary programs, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine has established a logoreputation for excellence in teaching, research, and community outreach. The U.S. News and World Report 2011 Annual Guide to America’s Best Graduate Schools ranks NC State’s CVM third among the nation’s 28 colleges of veterinary medicine.


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Posted May 2, 2012