Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Congratulations to all of the WCVM graduates who are celebrating the completion of their graduate programs during the university’s Fall Convocation. We are very proud of your accomplishments and wish you great success in your future careers!

Message on behalf of the dean

To recognize and celebrate the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) fall 2020 graduates, Dr. Elisabeth (Liz) Snead (DVM) recorded the graduation video above. A written version of her address is below.

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Hi everyone — I’m very excited and honoured to congratulate each of you on completing your graduate programs and achieving your degrees. Well done!

I am always very proud of our graduate students, but I’m particularly impressed by this year’s graduates since I know many of you have had to face a number of challenges during the past eight months.

I know it hasn’t been easy for you, but I’ve been so thankful and appreciative of our graduate students and residents who have taken these difficult times in stride and carried on. Thank you for persevering and reaching your goals.

One of the most exciting aspects of my job is learning more about our graduate students’ research topics. You haven’t disappointed me! Your work aptly demonstrates the depth and breadth of our college’s multidisciplinary research program.

Your work also reflects the amazing range of specialized knowledge and training that our graduates take with them as they move on to new opportunities in communities across Canada and around the world. I’m excited for all of you, and I look forward to hearing more about your future contributions as you develop your chosen careers.

Over the past few years, you have all dedicated yourselves to the complex process of exploration and investigation. You have collaborated with your supervisors and colleagues, you have worked long hours. Along the way, you have enriched our world with your discoveries and your efforts. I hope you continue to learn and expand your skills throughout your careers, and I hope you will always consider the WCVM and the University of Saskatchewan as resources for lifelong learning.

The pressures of work, life and the world can often become overwhelming — especially during a pandemic — but trust in your knowledge and your training. Your education will always help you. Don’t be afraid to rely on your family and friends for help as you begin new challenges in your life.

As well, know that you can rely on the WCVM for support — you will always be part of our community.

Congratulations, everyone. Stay well and keep in touch!


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