White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony, Class of 2010

White Coat Ceremony, Class of 2010

Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine Welcomed the Class of 2010 to the Veterinary Medical Profession at the Eighth Annual Convocation also known as the White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 18, 2006.

History of the White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony, established by Dr. Arnold Gold at Columbia University Medical School in 1993, was designed to impress upon students, physicians and the public the important symbolic role of the white coat in patient-doctor interactions. Gold argued that students were reciting the Hippocratic Oath four years too late-upon their graduation from medical school. He felt the oath and the conferring of white coats would be better done at the start of medical school, when students receive their first exposure to clinical medicine. The White Coat Ceremony provides a mechanism by which values that are key to our profession can be openly articulated and carefully considered in the company of peers, parents, partners and faculty.

The College of Veterinary medicine has sincerely embraced the spirit of this exercise. You will find that our ceremony has been appropriately modified for veterinary medical students. It includes an induction into the Veterinary Medical College, whereupon each student will receive a coat, generously donated by the Idaho and Washington State Veterinary Medical Associations. As a group, the students recite the “Veterinary Student Oath.”

Program Dignitaries

  • Dr. Gilbert Burns,
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
    College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Warwick Bayly, Dean
    College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Robert Gilpin, President
    Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA)
  • Idaho Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA)
  • Dr. Berry Watson
    Hill’s Pet Nutrition
  • Dr. Marc Ratzlaff, CVM Curriculum Committee
  • Dr. Dale Hancock, CVM Admissions Committee
  • Dr. Leslie Sprunger, CVM Student Progress Committee

Keynote Address: Dr. Kyle Frandle

Dr. Kyle Frandle is a long time Cougar. A Yakima, WA native, he received a B.S in Biology and an M. S. in Reproductive Physiology at Washington State University before entering the College of Veterinary Medicine

After receiving his DVM degree in 1980, Dr. Frandle completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery. He then purchased the Los Gatos Dog and Cat Hospital-a single doctor practice with one technician in Los Gatos, CA. Today the hospital is one of the largest general practice facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area with a staff of 40 seeing over 20,000 patients a year.

Dr. Frandle has maintained close ties with WSU over the years. He returns annually to bring a real world perspective to the Diagnostic Challenges offered to the second year students. He regularly speaks to students about leadership and “Life After Veterinary School” and has focused on helping veterinary students make a successful transition into the profession after graduation.

Dr. Frandle has been widely recognized for his efforts within the veterinary community. He is past president of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Association and a member of the Leadership Council of the American Animal Hospital Association. In 1999, Dr. Frandle received the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award.

When not working, Dr. Frandle enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He can often be found in his Santa Cruz Mountain Crystal Creek Vineyard where he grows grapes and makes wine, or seen driving his old truck with the California License Plate “WSU DVM!"

CVM Curriculum Committee - The Curriculum Committee is charged with designing, implementing, revising, and maintaining the sequence of pre-clinical and clinical educational experiences that comprises the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. Student representatives from each of the OSU and WSU classes, as well as faculty representatives from the three college departments, serve on this committee.

CVM Admissions Committee - The Admissions Committee is responsible for thoroughly evaluating the hundreds of applications sent to WSU from around the world each year. Specific academic and non-academic criteria are used to select applicants who the committee believes will be able to successfully complete our rigorous, science-based veterinary curriculum and possess the qualities of a good veterinarian.

CVM Student Progress Committee - The Student Progress Committee makes recommendations to the Dean in all areas related to students’ progress through the veterinary curriculum including promotion, remediation, probation, dismissal, and graduation.

White Coat Contributors for 2006

Drs. Charles and Nancy Leathers
Dr. Bob Gilpin
Dr. Susan Thorson
Dr. Kim Nicholas
Dr. Rob Privette
Dr. Wm Keatts
Dr. Richard and Pamela DeBowes
Dr. John Stevenson
Drs. Mick and Sheryl McDevitt
Dr. Debora Wallingford
Dr. Deb and Kyle Taylor
Dr. Karl Salzsieder
Dr. Mike and Sue Wedam
Dr. Michael Burdette
Dr. Brandi Hohrman
Dr. Terry Teeple
Dr. Craig Vance
Dr. Mark Engen
Dr. Dale Erickson
Dr. Christine Susumi
Dr. Sandy Willis-Wright
Dr. Jerold Gemar
Dr. Robert L Wuerth
Dr. Stan Coe
Dr. Carrie La Jeunesse
Dr. George Downs Jr.
Dr. Mark Engen
Dr. Kit Wenrick
Drs. Chad and Denise Pilgeram
Drs. Ron Colton and Mike Howell
Dr. Steve and Billie Ruark
Marvelle Higgins
Dr. Michelle Shoemaker
Dr. Clive Gay
Drs. Marvin Sherman and Brandon Sherman
Drs. Charles and Kennie Reves
Drs. Dallas Thommpson, Douglas Corey, and James Hobkirk
Dr. Lucas, Dr. Bangert, Dr. Trimble – Village Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Gerald Bishop/VCA All Critters Animal Hsopital
Animal Clinic of Walla Walla
Inland Empire Veterinary Medical Association
Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic - Burlington
Redwood Animal Hospital - Redmond
Idaho Veterinary Medical Assoc.
Washington State Veterinary Medical Assoc.

The Veterinary Student Oath

At the time of being admitted to the Veterinary Medical College at Washington State University, I solemnly pledge: 

  • To consecrate my life to the service of both animals and humanity;
  • To give my teachers, staff and classmates the respect that is their due;
  • To conduct myself at all times with conscience and dignity;
  • To always provide comfort and compassion to teaching and client animals left in my care;
  • To maintain the honor and noble traditions of the veterinary medical profession;
  • To avoid considerations of religion, nationality, race, politics or social standing to influence my relationships with teachers, staff, classmates, or clients;
  • To never use my veterinary knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;
  • I make these promises sincerely, freely and upon my honor.

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