Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine 2019 Commencement is Monday, May 6 (video to be streamed live)

photo of Class of 2019 in their White Coat ceremony
Members of the Class of 2019 in their White Coat ceremony. These veterinary students will receive their DVM degrees on Monday, May 6.

Editors Note: To watch a live stream of the 2019 College of Veterinary Medicine Commencement, visit this link. Video will begin streaming once the ceremony gets underway.

Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will award 121 professional DVM degrees during the college’s 112th commencement on Monday, May 6. The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. in Auburn Arena.

In addition, one Masters of Science in Biomedical Science will be conferred and three candidates will be awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Science.

Thirty-six students are from Alabama and 39 students from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The remaining 46 at-large students hail from the states of: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.

Four members have chosen to follow in the professional footsteps of their parents, and will be recognized during the hooding ceremony.

With this graduation, the College of Veterinary Medicine will have awarded 7,020 degrees.

Doug Meckes, DVM, a 1975 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will speak at the college’s commencement ceremony.

Meckes has distinguished himself through his dedication to private veterinary practice, public service and service to the federal government. Formerly branch chief of the Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Defense Branch of the Office of Health Affairs in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., Meckes serves as the state veterinarian of North Carolina.

He was selected as a congressional fellow in the office of Sen. Chuck Hagel, and he serves as assistant director of the Government Relations Division of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Meckes practiced veterinary medicine and surgery in Apex, North Carolina, for 30 years, including operations of six veterinary hospitals and a large central hospital. For 10 years, Meckes was an elected member of the Board of Commissioners in Apex.

Dr. Hank Lee, president of the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, will administer the Veterinarian’s Oath, and representing the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association will be Dr. Jennifer Quammen, the organization’s current president.

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(Mitch Emmons,