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Oath and Hooding Set for Largest Ever Graduating Class

Oath and Hooding ceremony

Congratulations to the College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2016!

Members of the Class of 2016 will take the Veterinarian’s Oath during Friday’s (May 6) Oath & Hooding Ceremony and will receive the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in NC State University’s graduation ceremony on Saturday.

The class of 2016 represents the largest ever for the CVM at 98 graduates. The most popular career path remains small animal practice with 72 graduates completing a curriculum focus in that field.

Other focus areas and the number of graduates who intend to enter that specialty include: small animal—avian and exotics, 4; mixed animal practice, 6; equine practice, 10; pathology, 3.

[highlight color=”orange”]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.[/highlight]


Established in 1979, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine graduated its first class in 1985 when 37 students received the DVM degree. In 2004, the CVM faculty changed the curriculum to allow student selection of specific focus areas in their DVM education. The goal of the focus area concept is to allow students to increase their depth of training in an intended area of post-graduate activity while still retaining an important broad-based veterinary education that includes balanced instructional experiences involving all species and elements of veterinary medicine.

The NC State College of Veterinary Medicine has established a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and community outreach. The U.S. News and World Report Annual Guide to America’s Best Graduate Schools ranks NC State’s CVM third among the nation’s 30 colleges of veterinary medicine.