The Fall 2014 School of Veterinary Medicine class took its first steps in its educational journey at the St. George’s University White Coat Ceremony, donning freshly minted white coats, symbols of professionalism and high standards, and collectively reciting the Oath of Professional Commitment.
“St. George’s University will offer you more than a top-notch veterinary medical education,” said Dr. Charles R. Modica, Chancellor of St. George’s University. “You will meet people from all over the world and form lifelong friendships and professional bonds. You will become a family, and your experiences here will leave you with a greater respect and understanding of the people of the world.”
Master of Ceremonies Christina Fernandez, MD SGU ’07, recalled her educational journey — from her own White Coat Ceremony at St. George’s University to becoming the director of the University’s Small Animal Clinic.
“St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine continues to provide cutting-edge veterinary knowledge and technology while expanding its curriculum and adding new state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms,” she said.
The entering class also had the honor of hearing from Dr. Raymond Sis, Dean Emeritus and Immediate Past Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, as its keynote speaker. He shared with the students the ingredients necessary for a successful veterinary career: veterinary medical knowledge, technical skills, and life skills, including leadership and communication.
“Start challenging yourself to be the best doctor you can be,” he said. “Be sure to look beyond the traditional careers. The future of veterinary medicine is bright and your future is unlimited.”
For the second straight term, the White Coat Ceremony coincided with Beyond Spice Family Weekend at SGU. Students and their families were able to attend a weekend full of activities throughout campus and the island prior to the momentous White Coat Ceremony. In addition, the University’s Veterinary Surgical Laboratory was renamed Ray and Jan Sis Hall during a ceremony held outside the newly named building, which honored the Sis family’s leadership and vision during Dr. Sis’s 13-year tenure.