Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) welcomed its class of 2022 in its official White Coat Ceremony on January 7, 2019.
The ceremony marked the entrance of matriculating RUSVM students into veterinary school and the veterinary profession. In the presence of family and friends over one hundred students received their white coats and were challenged by key note speaker, Dr. Toby Goldman, and dean of RUSVM, Dr. Sean Callanan to fully embrace their experience at the University and on the island of St. Kitts.
“Each of you came here on your own path and now with your white coats on you are all now going in the same direction. I challenge you to keep moving. Lose the fear and sustain your long run, one step at a time with courage, grace, strength,” Dr. Toby Goldman.
That challenge is one Dr. Goldman wholeheartedly believes in as he kept moving after graduating from RUSVM in 1992. After graduating from the University, he completed his clinical year at Oklahoma State University and has managed several successful veterinary practices over the years. He is currently Nevada’s only full-time hospice veterinarian and still maintains a part-time exotic and zoo animal practice.
Dean of RUSVM, Dr. Sean Callanan welcomed the new Rossies to the campus community and emphasized the important role they will play in realizing their own academic and professional excellence.
“Thank you for taking a chance on Ross. While you are now a part of our community, I encourage you to play your part in this experience of learning – be professional, prudent and passionate. You are entering a highly professional program and it is now your responsibility to be honest, demonstrate the highest integrity and moral behavior, and continue being caring and compassionate, “ Dr. Sean Callanan, dean of RUSVM.
The ceremony concluded with Rossies reciting the Veterinary Student’s Oath that signifies ethical responsibilities to their patients, school and community. The oath stresses the students’ commitment to the process of continuous professional improvement of themselves, their fellow classmates, and to the profession of veterinary medicine.
The White Coat ceremony concluded the Orientation Week activities led by Student Services.