First vet graduates swear oath for animal care
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
South Australia's first 'home-grown' veterinarians will swear the veterinary version of the Hippocratic Oath as they mark the end of their degree with a formal Valedictory Celebration today.
The inaugural class of 35 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students have completed six years of study - a three-year undergraduate and three-year postgraduate veterinary sciences program - at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy Campus. They will graduate as fully qualified veterinarians.
"South Australia has been wanting a Vet School for many years - and now we have accreditation it's great to see our first class of students complete their degrees and take the first step in their careers as veterinary professionals," says University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Warren Bebbington.
"Both students and the staff of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences can take pride in the significant achievement that has brought them to this day."
At the Valedictory Celebration the class will be led through the Veterinary Oath by Chief Veterinary Officer of South Australia Dr Roger Paskin.
They will swear to practise veterinary science ethically and conscientiously, and to maintain professional standards and principles of community and professional responsibility throughout their professional life.
"This is a great day for the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and for this group of dedicated young people," says Professor Kym Abbott, Head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.
"As our first cohort of veterinary students they have, in many ways, been pioneers for South Australian veterinary science studies.
"The establishment of the Vet School has involved tremendous effort from the rigorous process of quality assurance undertaken through to the development of the state-of-the-art facilities we now have on this campus.
"I want to pay tribute to the students and staff for their hard work, commitment and contribution to this process."