Time-honored Tradition Salutes PVM Students

Congratulations to the DVM Class of 2017 on receiving their white coats!

A tradition that serves as a springtime rite of passage for Purdue veterinary students attracted a host of family and friends April 18, as the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine hosted the annual White Coat Ceremony and Honors and Awards Banquet.  Held in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms, the program began with the recognition of members of the DVM Class of 2017 who received white coats symbolizing their new roles as junior veterinarians. 

This is the 15th year for the White Coat Ceremony, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition.  Dean Reed introduced the ceremony explaining that it marks the passage of third-year veterinary students from the classroom to the clinics.  "The white coat indicates your acceptance of your great responsibility toward your patients and clients, your commitment to show compassion and empathy, and to make a positive difference in the life of every animal and person with whom you come into contact," Dean Reed said.  He emphasized that the students soon would begin their clinical year, during which they will interact with Veterinary Teaching Hospital clients as veterinary professionals, adding,  "This is a big responsibility!" 

Then, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kathy Salisbury introduced the class members individually as they walked onto the stage where Dean Reed helped them don their white coats.  Each student posed for an official photo with Dean Reed and then also received a name badge from the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA).

Veterinary student Xanetta Miller pauses for a photo with Dean Willie Reed during the White Coat Ceremony.
Veterinary student Xanetta Miller pauses for a photo with Dean Willie Reed during the White Coat Ceremony.
Dean Reed with Clayton Carr, of the DVM Class of 2017, who served as SCAVMA president.
Dean Reed with Clayton Carr, of the DVM Class of 2017, who served as SCAVMA president.

The evening continued with the presentation of nearly 50 awards and honors to DVM and veterinary technology students and residents.  The awards were given in recognition of achievements in several categories including: Excellence in Clinical Performance; Excellence in Patient Care and Client Communication; Excellence in Teaching by Residents; and Excellence in Academic Performance.  Special recognition also was given to the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) President Clayton Carr, Purdue Veterinary Technology Student Association (PVTSA) President Devan Barger and Co-chairs of the 2016 PVM Open House Gabby Pilla and Kristie Fujita.  Veterinary Technology students were honored with awards for leadership, academic achievement, and technical proficiency.  Click here to view the complete list of awards and recipients.  Beginning this year, faculty awards for teaching, research and engagement, which have been presented at the Honors and Awards Banquet in the past, will be presented at the Purdue Veterinary Conference in the fall.

Special thanks to Honors and Awards Banquet co-sponsors Elanco Animal Health and Hill’s Pet Nutrition.  Photos of the White Coat Ceremony and the award recipients were taken by professional photographer Ed Lausch and can be viewed and purchased online at www.lauschphotography.com.  Click here to go directly to the log-on page and enter the Username "2016whitecoat" and the Password "april2016".  Congratulations to all the honorees!!

Veterinary Technology Program Distance Learning Instructional Technologist Josh Clark presented the Eber H. Allen Leadership Award, sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, to third year veterinary technology students Sarah Sloan (center) and Devan Barger.
Veterinary Technology Program Distance Learning Instructional Technologist Josh Clark presented the Eber H. Allen Leadership Award, sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, to third-year veterinary technology students Sarah Sloan (center) and Devan Barger.
The Indiana Association of Equine Practitioners (IAEP) Awards were presented by Dr. Tim Lescun, Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery and PVM liaison to the IAEP Board, to (left-right) Katie Smith, Melissa Sim and Jessica Slangal.  The awards are for fourth-year veterinary students demonstrating highest proficiency in equine medicine and surgery.
The Indiana Association of Equine Practitioners (IAEP) Awards were presented by Dr. Tim Lescun, Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery and PVM liaison to the IAEP Board, to (left-right) Katie Smith, Melissa Sim and Jessica Slangal. The awards are for fourth-year veterinary students demonstrating highest proficiency in equine medicine and surgery.
The Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association (PVAA) Senior Leadership Award was presented to Jessica Goodman, of the DVM Class of 2016, by PVAA board member Sandi Norman (PU DVM ’80).
The Purdue Veterinary Alumni Association (PVAA) Senior Leadership Award was presented to Jessica Goodman, of the DVM Class of 2016, by PVAA board member Sandi Norman (PU DVM ’80).
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department Head Catharine Scott-Moncrieff presented the Dr. Ann L. Johnson & Dr. Walter E. Hoffmann Resident Teaching Award to Dr. Talisha Moore, who is completing her residency in neurology & neurosurgery.  Dr. Moore also received the Katie McCallister Compassion Award.
Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department Head Catharine Scott-Moncrieff presented the Dr. Ann L. Johnson & Dr. Walter E. Hoffmann Resident Teaching Award to Dr. Talisha Moore, who is completing her residency in neurology and neurosurgery. Dr. Moore also received the Katie McCallister Compassion Award.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kathy Salisbury and Dean Willie Reed recognize the co-chairs of the 2016 PVM Open House Kristie Fujita (center left) and Gabrielle Pilla, both of the DVM Class of 2017.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kathy Salisbury and Dean Willie Reed recognized the co-chairs of the 2016 PVM Open House Kristie Fujita (center left) and Gabrielle Pilla, both of the DVM Class of 2017.

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