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First Veterinarians Graduate from Western University –University Presents Honorary Degree to Actress Betty White

by Rodney Tanaka

May 9, 2007

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The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Western University of Health

Sciences will reach its most significant milestone -to date- as it awards

81 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees to the members of its

charter class on May 11, 2007. Award-winning actress Betty White will

join CVM in this landmark celebration as the commencement speaker; she

also will be awarded an honorary degree from the college – the Doctor of

Humane Veterinary Sciences- in recognition of her decades of work to

promote animal welfare with the Morris Animal Foundation and the Los

Angeles Zoo.

In August 2003, the CVM admitted its charter class, making the college

the 28th veterinary medicine program in the United States, the second in

California and the first of its kind in Southern California. It was the

first veterinary college to open in the nation in more than 20 years, and

the first founded by a woman, Dean Shirley Johnston.

The college uses small group, problem-based, learning to promote

development of lifelong learning, communications and teamwork skills in

its students. Because of its ‘reverence for life’, the college does not

kill or harm animals in its educational programs; anatomy cadavers are

acquired through a willed body program, and students master clinical

skills such as surgery on a variety of models before applying them to

living animals. The curriculum also champions strategic alliances with

public and private veterinary institutions in its educational programs,

providing student-learning experiences all over the world.

“”Western University is very proud to contribute to a growing national

need for veterinarians. Our graduates have accepted positions in

practices, internships and residencies to provide care for pets, horses,

food animals and laboratory animals,”” said Dean Johnston. “”I am

confident that they will serve society with excellence as advocates and

champions for animals throughout their careers.””

The commencement ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,

on May 11, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.


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