August Graduation Celebration Honors Veterinary Nursing Graduates

Friday, August 18, 2023

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The graduates join together for a group photo wearing their cap and gowns.
August Purdue Veterinary Nursing Program graduates pause for a group photo at the PVM Graduation Celebration.

Family, friends, and Purdue Veterinary Medicine faculty and staff celebrated the accomplishments of ten new college alumni during the 2023 Purdue Veterinary Nursing Graduation Celebration that coincided with Purdue University’s August commencement ceremonies. The Veterinary Nursing graduates were recognized in Lynn Hall on Saturday, August 5, during the celebration that culminated in their recitation of the Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct.

The program honored the students who earned their Veterinary Nursing Associate in Applied Science degree – seven through the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program and three in the on-campus Veterinary Nursing Program. Josh Clark, MS, RVT, assistant director of the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program, began the program and beamed as he said, “Graduates, as you embark on your careers in the veterinary medical profession, you join an alumni network that reflects the veterinary team.”

Mr. Clark then asked the graduates to come forward as he called out their names, so they each could receive the Purdue University Veterinary Nursing pin, which was presented by Instructional Technologist Holly McCalip, BS, RVT. “The pin Holly will give to the graduates symbolizes their entry into the veterinary nursing profession,” Mr. Clark told the audience.

A graduate accepts her pin from Holly as Josh calls out the graduates' names from the lectern
The new graduates each received the Purdue Veterinary Nursing pin from Holly McCalip, BS, RVT, during the ceremony as Josh Clark, MS, RVT, called out their names.

“Graduates, your charge is to set the visible standard for what a Purdue University veterinary nurse is and does,” Mr. Clark continued. “In so doing, you will pave the way for all those graduates who will follow behind you. The future of the veterinary nursing profession is placed into your hands. We trust that you will serve it well.”

The graduates then remained at the front of the room to recite the Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct, symbolizing their acceptance into the veterinary nursing profession. “The oath signifies our high regard for the ethical standards and legal regulations governing the practice of veterinary nursing, our strong commitment to the highest standards of patient care and client service, and our dedication to the animals that we serve,” Mr. Clark said, before introducing Paige Allen, who recently retired as director of academic advising for the program. Mrs. Allen was chosen to lead the new graduates in reciting the oath. As Mrs. Allen stepped to the podium, she commended the graduates. “I will stand beside you as we recite the Veterinary Technician Oath, because we are now colleagues,” Mrs. Allen said.

Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct
I dedicate myself to serve as a member of the modern veterinary team, as together we serve the needs of mankind, animal welfare, and our community.

Working in a clinical practice, research, or industry, I will faithfully abide by all laws, regulations, and ethical codes that govern veterinary technicians. I will conduct myself in a manner which inspires the respect and confidence of my employer, colleagues, and the public.

I will seek the mutual exchange of counsel and assistance with the clinical staff when it appears that the quality of service will be improved. I will strive to better my skills by keeping current my knowledge of new methods and ideas and by maintaining an open mind.

Since the veterinary technician is a member of a professional team entrusted with the responsibility of the care and well-being of the animal kingdom, I make this oath with utmost sincerity and devotion.

The August Veterinary Nursing Graduation Celebration concluded with a round of applause for the graduates before everyone reconvened in the nearby Veterinary Medical Library for a reception.  Congratulations to all the new Veterinary Nursing graduates!

Writer(s): Susan Xioufaridou and Kevin Doerr |

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