Dear Paws Print Readers,

A warm welcome to those of you joining the School of Veterinary Medicine for the first time, and welcome back to those of you who are returning. We hope that you enjoyed a well-deserved break, and the term is off to a very exciting start.

The week began with the arrival of a mock site visit team, who visited our School to conduct a mock site visit as we pursue reaccreditation, and prepare for a site visit by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE).  As part of their visit, our visitors toured the veterinary facilities, and met with various administrative personnel, committees, faculty, and staff.

We are happy to welcome our incoming Term 1 students, who recently participated in the Professional Attributes Workshop (PAWS), which focused on the development of life skills - skills relating to communication, teamwork and professionalism. The skills and attitudes that make our students more well-rounded persons. Persons that are not only technically excellent veterinarians, but successful veterinarians. This workshop was conducted on Monday, January 15, 2018 and Tuesday, January 16, 2018 on the True Blue Campus. These students will be officially welcomed at the SVM White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, January 27, 2018 when they will each be presented with a white coat, symbolizing their entry to the veterinary medical profession, and their commitment to uphold the duties of the profession.

We are also happy to recognize the following new faculty: Dr. Kerry Nigito in the Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Department, and Dr. Ganesh Pathare in the Anatomy, Physiology, & Pharmacology Department. To each of our new students and faculty members, we extend a hearty welcome.

As we embrace the term ahead, we invite you to make your story the Paws Print feature story by submitting your articles (with accompanying photo(s)). You may also send us your perspective on a SVM event, a fundraiser you planned or held; activities in your student group, a career success story, or a research breakthrough – your story can be on virtually any topic. We encourage you to take this opportunity to share your experiences and showcase your talents.

We wish each of you all the best during the term ahead and hope that you will continue to read Paws Print as we provide information and details about current and upcoming SVM projects, activities and news.

Best wishes,

The Paws Print Team