Posted: September 29, 2014
Hundreds of member of OVC’s extended family were on hand to celebrate Saturday as the Class of 2018 was officially welcomed to the veterinary profession.
The annual Professional Welcome Ceremony is one of the major highlights of the year at OVC and marks an important milestone in journey of the first-year class through the four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.
Dr. Franco Vaccarino, the University of Guelph’s new president, congratulated the Class of 2018 and reminded the audience how much the OVC and U of G contribute to our quality of life in Ontario and in particular to the provincial economy.
“Your chosen career will provide countless opportunities to contribute to animal and human health, as well as the health of the environment and our communities,” said Vaccarino, who was installed as president on Saturday afternoon.
The Professional Welcome Ceremony is hosted by OVC with the support of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO), the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) and the Ontario Veterinary College Alumni Association (OVCAA). Student veterinarians receive a lab coat from the CVMA, a stethoscope from the OVMA, a portfolio from the CVO and a gift from the OVCAA.
Other highlights this year included remarks from Guelph MPP and Ontario Minister of Education Liz Sandals, and a keynote address by Dr. Deb Stark, an OVC graduate and Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Stark said whether they are in practice or in government or academia or industry, veterinarians play a critical leadership role in their communities.
“Being a veterinarian is about having a healing point of view. Our perspective is to fix things and to make them better,” she said. “There is so much healing to be done. From cancer to climate change, parasites to pollinators, from animal welfare to algae on the Great Lakes, the world needs people who want to fix things.”
After the ceremony and lunch, there were brief talks by OVC faculty members and researchers highlighting the diverse roles of veterinarians in clinical practice, on farms, in translational medicine, and public health.
For more on the event, see the photo album on Facebook or watch the video.