Congressman Kurt Schrader, DVM, to Address Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Graduates


Congressman Kurt Schrader, DVM

Congressman Kurt Schrader, DVM

May 25, 2010—(North Brunswick, NJ)—Ross University is pleased to announce that Congressman Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-OR), will deliver his first veterinary school commencement address since being elected to Congress at its 2010 graduation ceremony at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, June 4.

Congressman Schrader is widely known as being the only doctor of veterinary medicine in the US House of Representatives.

“We are honored that such a well-known and respected member of Congress will be addressing our graduates.  Congressman Schrader’s long-standing commitment to the profession, and his unique position to affect public policy, will provide a meaningful and inspirational message to our students as they prepare to embark on their veterinary careers,” said Dr. David DeYoung, dean of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

A public servant for more than three decades, Congressman Schrader first became a member of the Canby Planning Commission in 1981 where he served until 1996 when he was elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives. In the Oregon House he served as a member of the Joint Ways & Means Committee. In 2001, he was one of five legislators asked by their peers to guide Oregon through the worst budget crisis since the depression. In 2003, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate and was immediately appointed to chair the Joint Ways & Means Committee. He continued to serve in that capacity until he was elected to Congress. Before being elected to Congress, he owned and managed the Clackamas County Veterinary clinic in Oregon City. Congressman Schrader attended Cornell University where he received his Bachelors of Arts in government in 1973. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 1977, and still maintains his veterinary license.  

Congressman Schrader’s address to the Ross graduates will include timely public policy and public health issues affecting the veterinary profession.  The Hon. Dr. Denzil Llewellyn Douglas, prime minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, will also be in attendance.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University was founded in 1982 and is a provider of veterinary education, offering a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program.  Located in St. Kitts, the School of Veterinary Medicine has graduated more than 2,400 students in the last 28 years.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600.


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