Winter 2013

A Promising Future

92 veterinary graduates urged to make a difference

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Photo: Andrew Cunningham

With an estimated 191 million pets in the United States, but only 61,000 veterinarians, the future for the Class of 2012 is bright, John Berg, professor of clinical sciences, told the 92 graduates at the Cummings School’s 30th commencement ceremonies in May.

“We now recognize that the public demands and is willing to pay for very, very high-quality veterinary medicine,” Berg said. Pet owners spent $10 billion on veterinary care in 2011, he noted.

He urged the graduates to enjoy their success and never lose sight of what brought them to veterinary school in the first place. “Remember that every time you do something as simple as vaccinate a cat or spay a dog, you’re making a difference,” he said.

Earlier in the day, at Tufts’ all-university commencement ceremony, Eric Greitens, a former Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL who has been involved in humanitarian efforts around the world, urged graduates to match their passions to the world’s needs and find a way to be of service. “If you do that, life will not be easy, but you will have chosen for yourself a very meaningful adventure,” said Greitens, who was awarded an honorary degree.

Other honorary degree recipients were Tufts President Emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow; Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Princeton University; Cecilia Ibeabuchi, manager of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless clinic at St. Francis House; and Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and CEO of Ethan Allen Interiors and director and former chair of Refugees International.

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