Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Graduation Celebration Recognizes Non-traditional Path to Profession

Friday, June 24, 2022

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Dean Reed and Chad Brown join Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning graduates Brenda and Jennifer for a group photo. Brenda and Jennifer are wearing their cap and gown.
Dean Reed and Veterinary Nursing Programs Director Chad Brown gather with Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program graduates (center, left-right) Brenda Green and Jennifer Gershkoff.

The evening before the Purdue University Spring Commencement, two graduates of the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Program were honored at a special ceremony held in Lynn Hall. “These individuals have taken a non-traditional path into this great profession of ours,” Dean Reed said as he began the program. “So, graduates, as a result of your outstanding effort and accomplishment, we have the extra-special opportunity to continue a long-held and beloved tradition of our college on the eve of your commencement ceremonies.”

Dean Reed explained that the Veterinary Nursing Distance Learning Graduation Celebration acknowledges the graduates’ great achievement as they join the ranks of the Purdue University Veterinary Nursing alumni. “They have worked extremely hard throughout their educational journey to earn their degree.” Associate degree graduates from AVMA-accredited programs are eligible to become registered veterinary technicians upon passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination.

Dean Reed then introduced Dr. Chad Brown, Veterinary Nursing Programs director who announced the Veterinary Nursing Associate in Applied Science degree graduates, Jennifer Gershkoff and Brenda Green, and called them forward to receive the Purdue University Veterinary Nursing pin, which was presented by Instructional Technologist Holly McCalip. Then, Instructional Technologist Jennifer Smith led them in reciting the Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct, which symbolizes their acceptance into the veterinary nursing profession.

Brenda and Jennifer recite the oath in front of the audience as Jennifer leads them from the podium
Veterinary Nursing Instructional Technologist Jennifer Smith leads the graduates in reciting the Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct, as they are joined by veterinary nurses in the audience.

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

A reception for the graduates and their families, along with the faculty and staff in attendance, followed the ceremony, which was held in the seating area for the Continuum Café that overlooks the Lynn Hall Courtyard.

Additional photos from the Graduation Celebration taken by photographer Ed Lausch are available to view and purchase at On the galleries page, select the “2022 Purdue Veterinary Medicine” gallery and to login, enter the password “2022PVM”.

Writer(s): Kevin Doerr |

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