Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Recognizes Class of 2014

AVMA Policy Expert Michael Dicks Delivers Keynote Address


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – June 13, 2014 – Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) conferred Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees on more than 300 graduates today at its 48th commencement ceremony, held at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

Dr. Michael Dicks, director of veterinary economics at the American Veterinary Medical Association, delivered the keynote address. Over the last three decades, Dr. Dicks has been instrumental in developing food and farm policy in the United States, as well as in Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

“The opportunities open to you in this rapidly changing and increasingly competitive world dwarf what was available only a few decades ago. Major trends such as global climate change, globalization, increased mobility of labor, and increased need for animal protein, have created enormous opportunities for you,” Dicks said in his address. “You may well be, and I have good reason to believe that you are, the most prepared and knowledgeable class of veterinary professionals yet produced. This is great news because the preparation and knowledge needed is greater today than in the past.”

Dr. Elaine Watson, RUSVM dean, encouraged the graduates to explore the many opportunities available to them in veterinary medicine and understand the importance of human dependence on animals.

“The future of veterinary medicine will involve collaborations among healthcare providers worldwide, addressing global healthcare issues and the connection of animal and human health,” Watson said. “Your educational experience at Ross has helped sharpen your sense of discovery and has prepared you to play a role in the future of veterinary medicine. As new graduates, you have a new and fresh perspective with which to view the world.”

The RUSVM graduating Class of 2014 represents 45 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces and five other countries. Since its founding in 1982, RUSVM has graduated more than 3,500 veterinarians.

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