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Sponsor a White Coat today

The white coat is a symbol of the knowledge our students have gained during their first three years of veterinary education. Jim Estep, DVM ’81, has sponsored a white coat since 2015, the first year the college asked alumni to support the ceremony. Katie Huter, DVM ’15, started supporting a white coat shortly after her own white coat ceremony. Are you supporting a white coat? Learn why Drs. Estep and Huter participate each year and support a white coat today.  

 

Katie Huter, DVM ’15:

What made you decide to sponsor a coat? 

I thought the idea of being able to connect an alumnus with a student was a great idea. It is a way to let the student know there was someone who had been in their shoes and there to support them. I’ve also had the opportunity to sponsor a white coat for a student that I knew, and it was really great to give her that note letting her know I was there for her on that day. 

What would you tell others about sponsoring a coat, why do you think it’s important to support? 

I think it is a great way to connect with upcoming students and to pass along a bit of advice you may have as they enter their clinical year. The Alumni Society traditionally sponsors the white coats, and by personally taking over sponsorship for a coat, you are giving back not just to a student, but to the Society. 

What advice do you have for students heading into their clinical year? 

I usually try to remind them that they need to remember to take time for themselves during this rough year. So much is asked of them during their clinical year, and it can weigh heavily on the strongest of students. Take time to relax and do something fun for yourself! Remember your hobbies and make time for them too.  

What do you remember about your own white coat ceremony, how did it feel to put on your own white coat for the first time?

I received my white coat from a family friend who was my mentor and who helped me see that Veterinary Medicine was the right path for me after I left the teaching profession. I have literally known her my entire life and it was so memorable to have someone who was so special to me, to be there to support me.  


Jim Estep, DVM '81:

What made you decide to sponsor a white coat?

I decided to sponsor a white coat because I thought the ceremony was appropriate to recognize students moving into their future role as veterinary clinical practitioners. The ceremony marks a significant transition point in the student's career. Recognizing this transition places emphasis on this transition point and encourages the students to appreciate that they really are approaching the closing end of a long educational process. The ceremony also acknowledges that the student has the knowledge for the next stage where they start to use and apply the knowledge.

What would you tell others about sponsoring a coat, why do you think it’s important to support? 

As mentioned in the first response, in my opinion this is a significant transition point in a student's academic career. The ceremony emphasizes the transition from academic study to application. This is something the student has worked hard for and we, as clinical practitioners of the profession, should recognize the student's hard work and show our support of them entering our profession as a graduate veterinarian.

What advice do you have for students heading into their clinical year? 

The final year of training is exciting. Enjoy it. Learn all you can from your caseloads. Discuss the cases with your fellow students to broaden your own and their experience. Listen to the faculty. They've been there and know how to lead you to be your best. Acknowledge them and learn from your mistakes, because you will make some. If you do everything perfectly, then you are not doing enough. Ask for more challenges. Also, remember the final year of training is not the final year of learning. Learn to learn. Once out of school you still need to keep moving further in your own knowledge, career and the profession.

What do you remember about your own white coat ceremony, how did it feel to put on your own white coat for the first time?

There was no white coat ceremony when I was in college. But I truly feel it would have been great and it is excellent that it is now part of the tradition. Traditions matter. Hold on to and enjoy them.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 10:30am

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