The University of Georgia
Division of Marketing & Communications

Friday, August 18, 2017


Contact: Lisa Herrmann, 706-206-4526, lisa.herrmann@uga.edu

UGA welcomes 114 incoming veterinary students in White Coat Ceremony

Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed the class of 2021 during its annual White Coat Ceremony held Aug. 13. Sponsored by the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians, this event officially recognized 114 members of the incoming class by donning them in lab coats to be worn during their veterinary education.

The ceremony was held in the Hodgson Concert Hall at the UGA Performing Arts Center. It was followed by a reception for the students and their families that was hosted by the college's new dean, Lisa K. Nolan, as well as members of the college's faculty and staff.

This class features a wide variety of interests, with 44 percent interested in mixed animal medicine, 26 percent interested in small animal medicine, 18 percent interested in zoo animal/public/corporate medicine and 11 percent interested in equine/food and fiber medicine.

"I couldn't be more thrilled to participate in this year's White Coat Ceremony," said Nolan, who returned to her alma mater in July to take over the position of dean of the college. "The White Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of an incredible journey for these students-one that I'm proud to start with them. This is an exciting time to be a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and I look forward to watching these students-and all who follow them-grow professionally, be challenged academically and make an impact on the world."

The UGA College of Veterinary Medicine, founded in 1946, is dedicated to training future veterinarians, to conducting research related to animal and human diseases, and to providing veterinary services for animals and their owners. Research efforts are aimed at enhancing the quality of life for animals and people, improving the productivity of poultry and livestock, and preserving a healthy interface between wildlife and people in the environment they share. The college enrolls 114 students each fall out of more than 1,100 who apply. For more information, see www.vet.uga.edu.