White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Melinda Camus and Indya Woods, third-year DVM student

Students in their third year of veterinary education at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine received their white coats in a ceremony at the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center on January 30, 2021. The event was sponsored by Zoetis, in conjunction with the Alabama and Kentucky Veterinary Medical Associations.

A traditional symbol of medical professionalism, presentation of the white coat marks an important turning point in veterinary student education. During the ceremony, 118 members of the Auburn Vet Med Class of 2022 received their coats, signaling their readiness to transition from classroom study to the clinical phase of veterinary education.

Guests and online viewers were welcomed by Auburn Vet Med Dean Calvin Johnson, followed by Dean Ruby Perry of the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, who also brought greetings and congratulations to the class. The presentation of coats was led by Dr. Melinda Camus, associate dean for academic affairs for Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Randy Davis ’89, president of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, and Dr. Jason Rodgers ‘00, president-elect of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, also participated in the ceremony and presented Alabama and Kentucky students with their white coats. Closing remarks were given by Chase Turner, president of the class of 2022.

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