The 76 members of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2012 will participate in the traditional Oath and Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 11 and will receive their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees in formal university graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 12.
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, 8; equine practice, 7; small animal: avian and exotics, 5; pathology, 2; clinician scientist, 2; epidemiology and public health, 2; and laboratory 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 reputation 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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