A mere three days before starting veterinary school, I was donned with my first white coat. The wave of emotion that came over me was indescribable. My brain started to wander, “You have the white coat, you have the stethoscope…run!” Bringing myself back to reality, I realized I have so much to learn and have barely just begun my journey in this profession. Upon receiving my white coat and stethoscope, I gave the Student Veterinary Oath that ties me to the responsibilities I am beginning to take up by entering this great profession. The white coat means so much more than just clothing or protection in clinics and laboratories; it symbolizes professionalism, knowledge, duty, responsibility, honor, and respect.
I am so honored to be entering this profession and joining all the great people who have entered before me. The symbolism of the coat is very heavy with duty to the public and responsibilities to animals and humans alike, and it will take me the next four years to truly understand the weight of what this new garment to my wardrobe means. Though I do not have the doctor in the front of my name yet, receiving that coat changed me in the way that I am viewed as well as the responsibilities I have now. With four more years ahead, I am more motivated than ever to give it my all.