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CVM Class of 2019 Graduation

Student in graduation gown on stage.
The 35th class of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine is set for oath and hooding May 10. Photo by John Joyner/NC State Veterinary Medicine

Their lives have gone in very different directions over four years. Soon, they’ll stand together again one last time.

The 99 members of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2019 will walk across the graduation stage during the traditional oath and hooding ceremony 6 p.m. May 10 at the McKimmon Center and walk off as doctors of veterinary medicine. Students will receive their DVM degrees during the university’s commencement at PNC Arena at 9 a.m. May 11.

The class, the CVM’s 35th, entered the college as the most diverse in its history. In their time at the CVM, members of the Class of 2019 have discovered passions for shelter animal medicine, endangered sea turtles and swine production. They’ve helped save animals during Hurricane Florence. Like all CVM classes, they’ve been with each other through the good times and were there for each other during times that were tough.

Small animal medicine is the most popular focus area for the class, with 37 graduates. That’s fairly typical. What’s also typical is how the mix of other Class of 2019 interests demonstrates veterinary medicine’s vital reach. Twelve are graduating focused on food animal medicine, and 11 on zoological medicine. Many are choosing to focus on exotic animals and horses and epidemiology.

NC State CVM 2019 Oath and Hooding Ceremony

Oath and Hooding

The Veterinarian’s Oath:

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

Congratulations, Class of 2019. You earned this.

  Class of 2019 Stories

We asked Class of 2019 students to share in their own words what their CVM experience has meant to them: the ups, the downs, the experiences, the memories that won’t likely fade away. Read their stories here: