President of American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA) Delivers Keynote Address at School of Veterinary Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Henry E. Childers, President of AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the American Animal Hospital Association, welcomed a new class of veterinary students to St. George’s University during his Keynote Address at the White Coat Ceremony on January 17, 2006.

52 new veterinary medical students – 17 men and 35 women from seven countries were welcomed to SGU at the 13th White Coat Ceremony of the School of Veterinary Medicine. To an audience of family, friends, and faculty members, the vet students pledged their commitment to the field of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Childers emphasized that the veterinary profession was a diverse one, having more than 30 areas of specialization, and encouraged the students to choose wisely and set about to make a difference relating to public health and public practice.

Chancellor Charles R. Modica also welcomed the students to SGU and encouraged them to succeed in their goals. Margaret A. Lambert, Dean of Enrolment Planning, addressed the vet students and advised them to hold onto this moment of the beginning, to make this day’s experience part of their permanent store of memories, so that when the everyday frustrations and bumps of reality sets in, they can each dig down into their store of memories and remember what it was they set out to do.

A small animal practitioner in Cranston, Rhode Island, Dr. Childers is also an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and is only the second veterinarian to serve as both president of AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association.

After earning his veterinary degree from Auburn University, Dr. Childers served two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps before acquiring the Cranston Animal Hospital in 1957. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), where he served as a member of their Council of Regents and was chairman of their Continuing Education Committee.

Throughout his career Dr. Childers has been active in organized veterinary medicine. He has served on various councils, boards, and foundations in the veterinary medicine field, and has received numerous honors.

Published on 02/08/2006