Author: Michael Lairmore

Celebrating 50 Years of Global Impacts

“Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.” – Bill Gates

This weekend we celebrate 50 years of the Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) Program. Over the years a legion of veterinarians have completed the MPVM curriculum learning state-of-the-art methods in epidemiology to investigate and evaluate disease and production problems in animal populations and to design, evaluate and implement disease controlprograms. This trans-disciplinary training program engages faculty from across the university including epidemiologists, microbiologists, public health experts, food safety specialists, wildlife disease researchers, and biostatisticians. Since its inception in 1967, more than 1,000 graduates have gone on to top-level governmental, private industry, academic and practice careers in various areas of preventive veterinary medicine throughout the United States and 87 other countries. A forerunner for a One Health approach to solving societal issues, the program has produced outstanding alumni who throughout the past five decades have contributed across a wide spectrum of veterinary and public health issues.

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Future Veterinarians – Welcome Class of 2021

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw

Pictured clockwise from top left: Katie G, Julie O'Neill, Nicole Chodora, Kelsey Woodson, Amanda Garrick, Peter Ellis, Hannah Skolnik

Pictured clockwise from top left: Katie G, Julie O’Neill, Nicole Chodora, Kelsey Woodson, Amanda Garrick, Peter Ellis, Hannah Skolnik

Current events remind us about the importance of values, character, and our personal responsibility in a diverse and democratic society. This week we honor those values as we welcome the school’s 70th class of veterinary students. To celebrate the occasion we provide each new student with a white laboratory coat during an induction ceremony in front of their classmates, faculty, staff, and loved ones.  The “white coat” is a reminder to the incoming class that they have entered a profession with time honored standards and obligations to their patients and society. Our veterinary clients and the public often view the white coat as a symbol of a compassionate healer with unique expertise acquired through the passionate pursuit of specialized knowledge and skills. Importantly, the white coat symbolizes a standard of professionalism and a reminder of the trust that must be earned from the clients, patients, and the public we serve.

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