For Immediate Release
Contact: Jan Williams, College of Veterinary Medicine, 612-624-6228
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Graduates Class of 2006
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, (May 30, 2006) – Eighty-two members of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine’s Class of 2006 were awarded their doctor of veterinary medicine degrees at the college’s 55th commencement ceremony at Northrop Memorial Auditorium in Minneapolis on May 6.
At the ceremony, Dean Jeffrey Klausner welcomed the guests saying, “There is no more exciting time in the life of a university than the day when we acknowledge our graduates who are now reach to launch their careers and make their mark on society.” Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou, professor in the Department of Epidemiology, addressed the members of the Class of 2006, stating “That no other time in history is the intersection between public health and veterinary medicine more apparent, with zoonotic diseases such as bird flu and west Nile virus.” Dr. Pappaioanou received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Michigan State University-Lansing and her master of public veterinary medicine and her Ph.D. from University of California-Davis. Allison Newman, class representative, addressed her classmates and reflected on the past four years of college stating “The knowledge and experience have prepared us well to enter the profession.” The college’s Alumni and Friends Society president Dr. Tom Schuld welcomed the students into the alumni organization and encouraged them to stay connected to the college by participating in continuing education. Regent David Metzen conferred the degrees on the class.
In addition to the 82 students who received their D.V.M. degrees, five students were awarded Ph.D. degrees; two received master’s degrees; one received a D.V.M./M.P.H. degree; and three received swine certificates that require a minimum of 10 semester credits, two 12-week internships, and a formal seminar presentation.
Dean Jeffrey Klausner gave the closing remarks, stating “The years ahead will be marked by innovations in biological science and medicine that are difficult to see today, a fully integrated global economy, and increased diversity in our local and national communities. I am confident that the education you have received at the University of Minnesota has prepared you well to meet these and other challenges. I hope you will keep your mind open to a variety of career possibilities. Your education as a comparative scientist allows you to solve problems and deal with issues that cross traditional boundaries and disciplines. Your education is relatively unique in the scientific community and it will afford you many opportunities that may be difficult to image today.”
To date, the college has graduated 3,400 veterinarians, with seventy percent practicing in Minnesota.
For a complete list of 2006 graduates, go to www.cvm.umn.edu.
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The College of Veterinary Medicine improves the health and well-being of animals and people by providing high-quality veterinary training, conducting leading-edge research and delivering innovative veterinary services.
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The College of Veterinary Medicine improves the health and well-being of animals and people by providing high-quality veterinary training, conducting leading-edge research, and delivering innovative veterinary services.