The Class of 2018 made a big splash when they arrived at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. They’re now ready to make an even bigger one.
As first-year students in 2014, they organized an ALS ice bucket challenge on campus, garnering much attention and showing a collective giving spirit.
On Saturday, they’ll take the Veterinarian’s Oath during the formal ceremony, ready to become integral parts of veterinary practices and life-saving surgeons. Some will leave to work on horse farms or with aquariums. Others are eager to settle into labs and get behind microscopes, primed to make the next big medical discoveries.
The 99 members of the CVM’s 34th graduating class will celebrate the end of one journey and the beginning of many others in front of friends and family at the oath and hooding ceremony at 6 p.m. May 11 at the McKimmon Center. At 9 a.m. May 12, DVM graduates will participate in NC State’s commencement at PNC Arena.
The Class of 2018’s veterinary concentrations show the widening depth of veterinary medicine career paths and the diversity of experiences and studies offered at the CVM, one of the country’s top-ranked veterinary colleges. The most popular interest continues to be small animal, with 32 members of the Class of 2018 focused on that area. Another thirteen graduates focused on small and exotic animal medicine.
A rising area of focus is equine medicine, with 14 graduates this year. Twelve students focused on food animals, nine on mixed animal practice and nine on zoological medicine.
Other focuses include lab animal medicine, four graduate; epidemiology, three graduates; and pathology, three graduates.
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 2018 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 2018 Story: A Community Unlike Any Other
My advice for students is to embrace and experience the present while in veterinary school and not become hyper-focused on your future following graduation...
Class of 2018 Story: From Friends to Family
Veterinary school was grueling, fulfilling, exhausting and exhilarating. I have been beyond lucky to have an incredible support group of friends and family...
Class of 2018 Story: Open Mind, Open Heart
There are a multitude of opportunities at this school and with this degree that I had never even heard of prior to coming here...
Class of 2018 Story: A Road Scholar
The story of Olivia Myers’ fourth year at the College of Veterinary Medicine feels reminiscent of a Johnny Cash song: She’s been everywhere. Myers recently returned to campus at NC State University to complete a final rotation in anesthesiology before graduation, after completing a number of externships that have taken her across the country. Each place exposed
Class of 2018 Story: The Foundation of an Extraordinary Future
Many tight relationships with various faculty mentors stick out as the most memorable aspect of...
Class of 2018 Story: An Unforgettable Experience
My advice for future classes is to embrace this experience the best that you can; recognize that vet school is really hard and is...