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NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2013 Takes Veterinarian’s Oath

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.

Members of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2013 took the Veterinarian’s Oath during the traditional Oath and Hooding Ceremony on Friday (May 10) and received their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees in formal university graduation ceremonies on Saturday (May 11).

More than 800 guests celebrated the 72 DVM students and the five Master’s students, 17 PhD students, 18 interns, and 21 residents who completed their respective programs.

Speeches were delivered by Drs. Justin Jornigan (Class of 2013 address), Lysa Posner (faculty address), Dean Paul Lunn, and Malcolm Roberts (history of academic regalia). Drs. Don Meuten and Matt Gerard were selected for the honor of hooding the Class of 2013, and Drs. Lizette Hardie and Karyn Harrel assisted hooding or certificate presentation to the graduate students and house officers. Drs. Scotty Gibbs and Sandy Albright represented the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and CVM alumni society.

Of the 72 DVM graduates, 59 are women and 13 are men. The most popular career path remains small animal practice with 22 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;  equine, 8;  laboratory animal, 6; small animal, avian, and exotic, 6; mixed animal, 5;  pathology, 5;  zoological medicine, 4;  epidemiology and public health, 3;  clinician scientist, 2.

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.

For information on the DVM degree program:


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For information on the DVM curriculum focus areas:

  • Clinician Scientist
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Equine Practice
  • Food Animal
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Mixed Animal Practice
  • Pathology
  • Small Animal Practice
  • Zoological Medicine