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Students accepted to veterinary schools honored at Stethoscope Ceremony

Nine South Dakota State University pre-veterinary students who are accepted to veterinary schools for fall 2020 were honored May 1 at the ninth annual South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association/SDSU Stethoscope Ceremony. This is the first time the ceremony was held virtually.

“These students are very successful in a competitive pool of students to be accepted into veterinary school,” said John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, at the virtual ceremony. “They have chosen an important and impactful career.”

The students accepted to veterinary schools for fall 2020 include:

  • Hattie Cramer, an animal science major from Camp Crook, will be attending Iowa State University;
  • Raela Hines, an animal science major from Granada, Minnesota, will be attending St. George’s University;
  • Renae Kayser, an animal science major from Delmont, will be attending Iowa State University;
  • Megan Kellen, an animal science major from Alton, Iowa, will be attending Iowa State University;
  • Austin Lange, a biology and animal science major from Hartington, Nebraska, will be attending the University of Nebraska/Iowa State University;
  • Emma Nelson, an animal science major from South Range, Wisconsin, will be attending the University of Wisconsin;
  • Miranda Painter, an animal science major from Sioux Falls, will be attending Iowa State University;
  • Nicole Sterzinger, a biology and animal science major from Taunton, Minnesota, will be attending Iowa State University; and
  • Jonathan Sumption, an animal science major from Frederick, will be attending Purdue University.

“Getting accepted to veterinary school is an accomplishment these students should be very proud of,” said Russ Daly, professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. “They needed to take years of challenging science courses, gain experience with animals and veterinarians, and show leadership and community service in order to make it into veterinary school.”

The students received stethoscopes engraved with their name and the SDSU emblem. Also, each student honored an individual who made a significant impact on their path to becoming a veterinarian. Each honored individual said a few encouraging words to the student and virtually presented them with their stethoscope.

“These students should be so proud of the profession they’ve chosen,” said Jane Hennings, head of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. “Veterinarians contribute to the benefit of society in many ways and they will, too, by choosing this field.”

Beginning in fall 2021, students will have the option to attend veterinary school at SDSU through the new Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. Once students complete the required pre-veterinary curriculum, they can apply to the professional program. The new program is made possible through a formal cooperative agreement, in which SDSU students admitted into the program complete the first two years of their veterinary medical education at South Dakota State University and then transfer to the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine for the final two years of study. To learn more, contact Gary Gackstetter, director of the SDSU Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine, at Gary.Gackstetter@sdstate.edu or visit https://www.sdstate.edu/professional-dvm-program-veterinary-medicine#.