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Vet Med Class of 2012 Graduation Ceremony - May 5

May 2, 2012

Tracy Ann Raef, College of Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-4602 


The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University will hold its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, at 12 noon in C.Y. Stephens Auditorium. Dr. Nicholas J. Trout will give the commencement address. His talk will offer light-hearted guidance for the Class of 2012 as they begin working with the pet-owning public, and considers how advances in animal health care will necessitate greater communications skills than ever before.

Dr. Trout specializes in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery at Boston’s Angell Animal Medical Center. His works includes tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), hip replacement and arthroscopic surgical procedures. He is an accomplished author and is considered by many to be the James Herriot of this generation. Two recent books authored by Dr. Trout include Ever By My Side: A Memoir of Family, Fatherhood, and the Pets with Me Through It All (2011) and Love is the Best Medicine: What Two Dogs Taught One Veterinarian about Hope, Humility, and Everyday Miracles (2011).

Dr. Trout received his MA and VetMB from the University of Cambridge, England. He is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He was a University of Liverpool, England, House Officer from 1989-1991, and then a resident in Small Animal Surgery from 1991-1994 at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Angell Animal Center.

After the commencement address ISU President Steven Leath will confer the degrees on the class. Dean Lisa K. Nolan will lead the ceremonial hooding and awarding of diplomas. Dr. Bill Williams, president of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, will administer the Veterinarian’s Oath to the graduates. The recitation of the oath is a time-honored practice to remind the newly conferred veterinarians of their obligations. The oath expresses essential values of professionalism for the practice of the art and science of veterinary medicine.