ITHACA -- Two St. Lawrence County residents participated in the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's “White Coat Ceremony” Dec. 1, receiving one of the most recognized symbols of the veterinary profession and marking a significant milestone in their journey toward professional competence.
Caitlin Fletcher, Lisbon, is a member of the class of 2014 and is the daughter of Patricia and Wayner Fletcher, Lisbon. Fletcher was coated by Thomas Divers.
Claudia Taylor is a member of the class of 2014 and is the daughter of Elizabeth Taylor, Potsdam, and Ross Taylor, Norwood. Taylor was coated by Alfonso Torres.
"The white coat ceremony marks the transition of students from learning the language and scientific basis of medicine, to learning the art and science of the delivery of medicine," said Dr. Michael I. Kotlikoff, Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. "Both elements are an essential part of medical education and an appropriate dose of each makes a good doctor. But in addition to the scientific and technical skills that are required to succeed, part of learning to be a good and effective doctor is learning to balance what you know with what your patients and clients need. Students with the most sophisticated and up-to-date knowledge of medicine will be poor doctors if they don't also learn how to use that knowledge for the benefit of their patients and clients."