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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 2014. Members of the Class of 2014 will take the Veterinarian's Oath during Friday's (May 9) Oath & Hooding Ceremony and will receive the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in NC State University’s graduation ceremony on Saturday.

Of the 81 graduates, 66 are women and 15 are men. The most popular career path remains small animal practice with 24 graduates—or 40%—completing a curriculum focus in that field. cap

Other focus areas and the number of graduates who intend to enter that specialty include: small animal—avian and exotics, 15; mixed animal practice, 11; food animal, 10; zoological medicine, 6; lab animal medicine, 5; clinician scientist, 4; equine practice, 4; epidemiology and public health, 1; pathology, 1.

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.

Although one of the newer veterinary programs, the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine has established a logoreputation 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 28 colleges of veterinary medicine.

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