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Blue Coat Ceremony Held

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On April 8, students of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine class of 2019 participated in the Blue Coat Ceremony hosted by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association (WVMA) at the Union South Varsity Hall.  Blue Coat 2018

During the ceremony, third-year students were presented with their “blue coats” signifying the end of classes and the beginning of clinics. Family and friends of the students attended the event which included special presentations from Dr. Robert Leder, WVMA President; Dr. Mark Markel, Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Linda Sullivan and Dr. Harry Momont, both of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. A photographic review was compiled by the class of 2019 and a special student address video was given by class members Deanna Scheller and Carl Magnessun.

“The third year students look forward to the WVMA Blue Coat Ceremony as it signifies the end of three years of classwork and the beginning of clinics,” says Morgan Randall, WVMA student member. “Receiving a coat for clinical rotations reminds us that we are one step closer to accomplishing our goal of serving both animals and people as doctors of veterinary medicine. Thanks to this WVMA event, we are a little more motivated to finish strong during our upcoming final exams”.

The ceremony was followed by a reception where family and friends were able to mingle and continue celebrating with refreshments and cake.

“Blue Coat Ceremony is a great way for the WVMA to connect with the veterinary school students,” says Kim Brown Pokorny, WVMA Executive Director. “By helping students to celebrate this achievement we can we can show our support of their veterinary medical professional career and highlight the role organized veterinary medicine plays into their long-term career success.”

Additional sponsors of the event were Fox Valley and Green Bay Animal Emergency Centers, Boehringer Ingelheim, Hill’s Animal Nutrition, Merck Animal Health and the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.

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