Knutson honored at White Coat ceremony

Knutson honored at White Coat ceremony Jenny Knutson from Vermillion, was one of 78 third-year veterinary students at the University of Minnesota recently honored at the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)'s third annual White Coat Ceremony.

The ceremony is one of just a few nationwide during which students receive their own white laboratory coat � a prestigious symbol of their transition from a student in the classroom to a professional veterinarian-in-training.

"This is an important milestone," said CVM Dean Jeffery Klausner. "The white coat represents the beginning of the clinical training that will make our students true partners in the college's mission to improve the health and well being of animals and people."

The White Coat Ceremony marks the beginning of a rigorous 14-month clinical rotation, during which students put the clinical and professional skills they have learned into practice, providing direct animal care during their final year and a half before receiving their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

Students may choose to focus on companion animals, horses, food animals, or a combination of species.

, including exotic or zoo animals.

The CVM awards 75 to 80 DVM degrees each year. The White Coat Ceremony is sponsored by the CVM, the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, and Hills Pet Nutrition.

Knutson, a graduate of Vermillion High School, is the daughter of Randy and Sandi Harper of Vermillion.

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