Auburn, Alabama —
Students in their third year of professional education at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will participate in the annual White Coat ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Class of 2015, consisting of 114 members, will receive their white laboratory coats during the 3 p.m. ceremony in Overton Auditorium. The ceremony acknowledges the point of transition from classroom study to clinical work.
With over 500 friends and family members attending this ticket-only event, the crowd is expected to fill the auditorium and overflow into the freshman year classroom for live video streaming of the ceremony.
During the ceremony, Dr. Dan Givens, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Veterinary Medicine, will review the traditions and goals of the profession and the significance of the veterinary profession in sustaining a healthy society.
"The white coat is a symbol of medical professionalism,” Dr. Givens said. “This ceremony, where our third-year students are coated, signifies the beginning of their clinical apprenticeship to sustain and restore the health of animals and people.”
“We look forward to celebrating this special occasion in the life of the college with the friends and families of students in the Class of 2015.”
The country's seventh oldest veterinary college and the oldest in the South, Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the nation's preeminent institutions for research, teaching, diagnostics, and comprehensive medical care for animals. The mission of the college is to prepare individuals for careers of excellence in veterinary medicine, including private and public practice, industrial medicine, academics and research. The college has 125 faculty members and an enrollment of nearly 500 DVM and graduate students.
Contact: Janet McCoy, 334/844-3698 (cell: 334/707-4989).