PVM Graduates Celebrate with Friends and Family at Oath Ceremony

May 20, 2016

Members of the PVM Class of 2016 pose for a veterinary team photo complete with all of the veterinary technology and DVM graduates.

Members of the PVM Class of 2016 pose for a veterinary team photo complete with all of the veterinary technology and DVM graduates.

Purdue Veterinary Medicine graduates and their families filled the Purdue Memorial Ballrooms Saturday, May 14, for the College of Veterinary Medicine's combined oath ceremony. The program began with a unified processional featuring both the DVM and Veterinary Technology graduates. This marks the second year for the combined ceremony. Prior to last year, the veterinary technology graduates participated in a separate oath ceremony.

Dean Willie Reed was the first to address the graduates, explaining, "At Purdue, it is our goal to educate the entire veterinary medical team and promote an inclusive and cohesive team. This is the reason we unify the oath ceremonies for Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians." Noting that only four of the 30 veterinary schools and colleges in the country have both DVM and veterinary technology programs, Dean Reed emphasized that "…participating in this combined Oath Ceremony is a rare privilege."

The graduates next heard congratulatory remarks from Dr. Angela Demaree (PU DVM 2002), a member of the Board of Directors of the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association, and Dr. James Stepusin, President of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA). Then the program continued with the recognition of the Veterinary Technology graduates. Dean Reed pointed out that Purdue's Veterinary Technology Program is one of a select few to offer both bachelor and associate degrees in veterinary technology.

Class Responder Patty Utterback, BS, RVT, then spoke on behalf of her Veterinary Technology Program classmates before Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kathy Salisbury introduced the Associate degree graduates, as they came onto the stage to accept the Associate degree pin from Clinical Rotation and Mentorship Coordinator Pam Phegley, and receive Dean Reed's congratulations. After posing for a class picture, they returned to their seats and the Baccalaureate degree graduates were introduced. Dean Reed commended them for achieving the "technologist" level in the veterinary medical profession. "Graduates, your charge is to set the visible standard for what a Purdue University veterinary technologist is and does. In so doing, you will pave the way for all those graduates who will follow behind you," Dean Reed said. Then, as Dr. Salisbury read their names, the Bachelor degree graduates came onto the stage to receive the dean's congratulations and pose for their class photo. Afterward, the Associate degree graduates joined them on stage for the recitation of the Indiana Veterinary Technician Oath of Ethical Conduct.

As the program continued, Dean Reed recognized the graduates of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, noting that the Class of 2016 is the 54th Purdue DVM class to celebrate commencement and take the Veterinarian's Oath. "That realization should be a great encouragement to you – 53 classes of Purdue DVM alumni have gone before you, and those three-thousand-plus veterinarians have demonstrated that their Purdue education prepared them to succeed in one of the greatest professions on the planet," Dean Reed said. "Now, as members of the Class of 2016, you are ready to build on that legacy, and demonstrate anew that Purdue University trains the best veterinarians an animal-owner can find."

Dr. Katie Hecke, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was selected by her classmates to give the formal class response. Then Dr. Salisbury introduced the DVM graduates as they ascended the stage to be congratulated by Dean Reed. Once all of the DVM Class of 2016 members were on the risers, Dean Reed asked all faculty members and veterinarians in attendance to stand and join the graduates in reciting the Veterinarians' Oath. After a group photo was taken of the DVM graduates, the veterinary technology graduates returned to the stage for a photo-op of the entire Purdue Veterinary Medicine Class of 2016!

DVM Class of 2016 member Corina Collins pauses for a photo-op with Clinical Assistant Professor in Comparative Pathobiology Tracy Vemulapalli and Dean Willie Reed.

Members of the PVM Class of 2016 pose for a veterinary team photo complete with all of the veterinary technology and DVM graduates.

Patty Utterback, BS, RVT, gave the Veterinary Technology Class Response.

Patty Utterback, BS, RVT, gave the Veterinary Technology Class Response.

Veterinary Technology Program graduates process toward the stage at the beginning of the PVM Oath Ceremony.

Veterinary Technology Program graduates process toward the stage at the beginning of the PVM Oath Ceremony.

Dr. Henry Green, associate professor of cardiology, congratulates DVM graduate Stara Robertson.

Dr. Henry Green, associate professor of cardiology, congratulates DVM graduate Stara Robertson.

Festive mortar boards conveyed graduates’ sentiments at the reception which followed the Oath Ceremony in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.

Festive mortar boards conveyed graduates’ sentiments at the reception which followed the Oath Ceremony in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms.

Whitney Wolfgang, of the DVM Class of 2016, displays her new nameplate!  The nameplates were provided in recognition of the graduates’ accomplishments by the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association.

Whitney Wolfgang, of the DVM Class of 2016, displays her new nameplate! The nameplates were provided in recognition of the graduates’ accomplishments by the Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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