For the first time in 2022, alumni came together to fund the white coats for first year DVM students, with contributions that cover the cost of each white coat while also having a percentage go towards veterinary student scholarships. One alumna, Dr. Courtney Wiegard (DVM ’05), recognized the opportunity and presented it to her company, National Veterinary Associates (NVA), who enthusiastically sponsored the remainder of the coats. We are grateful to our alumni and to NVA for providing these sponsorships as well as the above and beyond gift of scholarship. Their gift not only welcomes our students to the college and into their new professional association, it also provides critical funding to help support their education as they advance through the rigorous veterinary curriculum.

In addition to this financial support, our alumni provided emotional encouragement as each student received a note from an alumnus in the pocket of their white coat, providing a special welcome to the college and alumni association.