We recently held our 11th annual White Coat Ceremony, in which we formally "induct" our entering DVM students into our college at the start of their studies in their new profession.
This got me to thinking again about the tremendous array of possible careers opened up by the DVM education. For the new students in the class of 2013, this was driven home by their speaker, Peter Anderson, from the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB). Pete received his DVM from our college in 1981 and went off to a residency and Ph.D. in comparative pathology, at UAB. He never left and has had an incredible career as a research pathologist and teacher of pathology to medical students. For the latter he has received numerous awards, including last year from the AAMC (a national award) and most recently from UAB's national alumni association.
So, congratulations Pete on your achievements, and thanks for showing that there really is no limit on what a veterinarian can achieve in their career with their comparative medical education.