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White Coat Ceremony 2008

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Association honored the Class of 2010 at the White Coat Ceremony in December 2008.

White coat ceremonies have become a tradition at many schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, osteopathy and at veterinary medical colleges across the country.

At these ceremonies, students receive a white coat - the symbol of professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine. The purpose of white coat ceremonies is to alert medical students to the need to balance excellence in science with humanistic patient care.

Our College takes the celebration of this “rite of passage” one step further, by honoring the individuals who have provided considerable support and special encouragement to our students along the way. These individuals are invited to participate in the ceremony by enrobing their students with the time honored mantle of the medical profession: the white coat.

The featured speaker for this year’s event was Dr. Judy St. Leger DVM ’91. Judy has been the director of pathology at Sea World in San Diego since 2000. She is responsible for diagnostic pathology in exotic animal species, including marine mammals as well as wetland species management and preservation.

Her areas of expertise include marine mammal pathology, avian pathology, and disease investigation. Prior to joining Sea World, she was the director of anatomic and exotic animal pathology at United Veterinary Labs, joining them after completing a residency in anatomic pathology at UC Davis.

As is tradition at the College's White Coat Ceremony, members of SCAVMA presented two awards for teaching excellence. Offered in recognition of those who have helped to prepare members of the Class of 2010, these awards pay tribute to professors who show extraordinary dedication to teaching. These professors often go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to reaching out to students.

Dr. Carolyn McDaniel was presented with the Teaching Excellence Award in Basic Sciences, in recognition of her skillful ability to facilitate discussion and encourage interaction. Dr. McDaniel makes an exceptional effort to make herself available to students, whether it is by staying a few minutes to help students after labs, assisting with student-run vaccination clinics, or supporting student extracurricular events.

Dr. James Flanders was presented with the Teaching Excellence Award in Clinical Sciences, in recognition of his ability to inspire and build confidence. As a professor of small animal surgery, he has trained many future veterinarians during his time at Cornell. Students find his kind and calm demeanor comforting as he reassures them that they are prepared and competent for any and all challenges that they will face.

Congratulations Class of 2010!


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