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NC State CVM Oath and Hooding Set for May 6th

101 Students Will Receive a DVM Degree

2020 Oath and Hooding

Members of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2022 have taken an unconventional journey through their four-year course of study, thanks to adaptations made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic, but now they get to celebrate their achievements with a traditional Oath and Hooding ceremony.

The event will be at 2 p.m. May 6 at Reynolds Coliseum on NC State University’s main campus. Students will receive their DVM degrees during the university’s commencement at 9 a.m. May 7 at PNC Arena.

A class of 101 students, including two Ph.D. students also receiving their DVM degrees, will be hooded by faculty members Lysa Posner and Mat Gerard before reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath. It is the college’s 38th graduating class.

Many things have changed since most of those graduating entered the college in 2018, but this group has demonstrated resilience, adaptability and dedication. The Class of 2022 is ready for whatever comes next.

Of those who have identified an area of concentration, 34 have chosen small animal medicine, typically the most popular. Fifteen are concentrating on mixed animal, with 14 choosing small and exotic animal, 12 food animal, 11 zoological medicine and 6 in equine medicine. Others are interested in laboratory research, pathology, public health and epidemiology and beyond.

Whatever professional paths they follow, they will all share in having taken 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.

This is what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish. Congratulations, Class of 2022.

The May 6 Oath and Hooding Ceremony will also be streamed live here: