“You are builders and healers in the making” was the affirmation given to new Rossies by the President of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA), Thalita Leite, as they were welcomed into the profession of veterinary medicine at the White Coat Ceremony on September 3, 2018.
In the presence of a crowd of supporters, the 189 students in the class of 2022 received their white coats from a member of our faculty and recited the Veterinary Student's Oath, acknowledging their commitments to the field.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Bethany Bradford, congratulated the class on taking this significant step on their path toward becoming veterinarians.
“Getting to this point is not for the faint of heart, and you will hear throughout your career from many people who wanted to go to vet school but did not,” Dr. Bradford said. “All sorts of things got in the way for them. But for you, you put those things aside and are here.”
Dr. Robert Gilbert, associate dean for academic affairs, welcomed the students into the Ross Vet community and challenged them to always consider themselves as both veterinarians and professionals, even when they are not wearing their coats.
“From this day forward you are representing not just yourself, but also the veterinary profession and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine,” Dr. Gilbert said.