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The white laboratory coat, one of the most recognized symbols of the medical profession, is the traditional symbol of compassionate medical services.


Each year, the incoming class of veterinary students at Iowa State University participates in the White Coat Ceremony where each student receives a white lab coat.


"The ceremony formally admits the class into the four-year professional curriculum and marks a rite of passage in the journey to becoming a veterinarian," said Rachel Juelsgaard ('16), president of Iowa State's student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. "Each student is 'coated' by a veterinarian or mentor of his or her choosing in front of friends and family; it's a very exciting time for those joining the profession."


Being inducted into the veterinary program, these students are veterinarians-in-training. As such, they will be held to the highest standards of professionalism. During the ceremony, each student signs the Student Honor Code and recites the Veterinary Student Oath, which reminds them of their obligations and responsibilities as medical students.


"Reciting the Veterinary Student Oath and signing the Honor Code are great opportunities for the incoming students to show the veterinary community their dedication to ethical and professional conduct, reflecting especially on compassion and integrity," said Kate Prichard ('16), college Honor Board Chair.


Did you know? Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine held its first White Coat Ceremony in 2004. This year, 149 students participated in the 10th annual ceremony held on August 22.   

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