December Graduation Celebration Honors Veterinary Nursing Graduates

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Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed welcomed the college’s newest Veterinary Nursing Program graduates and their families to the Winter 2023 Veterinary Nursing Graduation Celebration in Lynn 1136 Sunday, December 17. The ceremony followed the university commencement exercises in the Elliott Hall of Music and featured the traditional recitation of the Indiana Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct. 

“In particular, this program gives us the opportunity to continue a long-standing and beloved tradition of our college as we conduct our Oath Ceremony,” Dean Reed said. “Graduates, as you embark on your careers in the veterinary medical profession, you join an alumni network that reflects the ‘veterinary team.’ Numbering more than 5,000, our college’s alumni population includes veterinarians, veterinary nurses, also referred to as veterinary technicians and technologists, as well as recipients of graduate degrees.”

Dean Reed then asked the graduates to come forward as their names were called by Dr. Chad Brown, Purdue Veterinary Nursing Programs director, to receive the Purdue University Veterinary Nursing pin, which was presented to them by Instructional Technologist Holly McCalip, BS, RVT. Dr. Brown began by introducing seven graduates who earned their Associate in Applied Science degree, and then gave special recognition for graduate Abby Sheeks who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in veterinary nursing.

“Graduates, your charge is to set the visible standard for what a Purdue University veterinary nurse is and does,” Dr. Brown said. “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.”

Dr. Brown and Dean Reed join the graduates at the PVM Oath Ceremony
Dr. Chad Brown, director of Purdue Veterinary Nursing Programs, and PVM Dean Willie Reed with (left-right) Associate in Applied Science degree graduates Hannah Debald, Cheyenne Ferrier, Natalie George, Emily Grabau, Lydia Hardman, Ann Kessler, Cortney Kinder, and Jaylyn Reed, and Bachelor of Science degree graduate Abby Sheeks.

After pausing for a class photo, the graduates remained at the front of the lecture hall to recite the Indiana 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,” Dr. Brown said. Then, the assistant director of the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program, Josh Clark, MS, RVT, led the graduates along with all veterinary nurses in the audience in reciting the oath.

Indiana 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.

Josh and the graduates read the oath out loud from the front of the classroom in Lynn Hall
Josh Clark, MS, RVT, assistant director of the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program, leads December Veterinary Nursing graduates in the recitation of the Indiana Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct.

The program 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 December Veterinary Nursing graduates!

Writer(s): Susan Xioufaridou and Kevin Doerr |

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