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. We have some good news:

This term we are happy to welcome one hundred and thirteen 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, August 15, 2016 and Tuesday, August 16, 2016 on the True Blue Campus. These students will be officially welcomed at the SVM White Coat Ceremony on August 27, 2016 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 welcome the following faculty and staff: Drs. David Marancik and Melinda Wilkerson, in the Pathobiology Department; Drs. Heide Janicke, Elizabeth Cooksek, and Zainab Oluwatosin Momoh, in the Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Department; Drs. Melania Crisan and Crissy-Ann Harrylal in the Anatomy, Physiology, & Pharmacology Department; Dr. Amanda Marancik in the Small Animal Clinic; and Mr. Richard Julien, PAP Detail, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Department. To each of our new students, faculty and staff 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 stories (with accompanying photo(s)). You may also send us your perspective on an 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 visit Paws Print each week, as we provide information and details about current and upcoming SVM projects, activities and news.

Best wishes,

The Paws Print Team