Veterinary Students Receive White Coats in Annual Ceremony
Posted April 27, 2017
In the midst of family and friends, second-year veterinary
students walked across the Rudder Auditorium stage on the Texas
A&M University campus, where they were met by a mentor who was
ready to arm each student with their white veterinarian’s coat, a
symbol of reaching the halfway point of their educational
The annual White Coat Ceremony on Friday, April 21, marked the
transition from coursework in the classroom to applying their
knowledge through clinical work for Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) veterinary
The ceremony began with welcoming remarks from Dr. Eleanor M.
Green, the Carl B. King of veterinary medicine, to the 132 students
from the class of 2019, as well as to their family, friends, and
professors who attended in support.
“The white coat represents professionalism—in actions and
appearance. Putting on the white coat today is a reminder of the
honor and the privilege you have been granted, and have worked for,
to become part of the veterinary profession and part of the legacy
of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences,” she said. "With your new white coats,
you will soon be a significant part of the health care team that
battles diseases, unravels tricky diagnoses, reassures animal
owners, and reflects on the humor, heartache, and inspiration in
the life of a veterinarian."
Dr. O.J. “Bubba” Woytek, assistant vice president of development
& alumni relations at the CVM, gave a brief history of the
White Coat Ceremony and the White Coat Endowment, which honors the
Jeanne Fairweather, M.D.
Fondly known around the CVM as the “white coat doctor,”
Fairweather lived a full life of service to others, and her spirit
now lives on in an endowment that supports future veterinarians by
providing scholarships and a professional coat to every student who
has completed the first two years of veterinary school.
Dr. Karen Cornell, associate dean for professional programs,
then presented each second-year veterinary student with their white
coat, and the ceremony closed with remarks from Green and a
reception in Rudder Exhibit Hall honoring the white coat
To view photos from the ceremony, visit the CVM’s Flickr page by
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