On Sunday, April 21,  Dr. Baillie participated in one of his favorite days of the year, representing the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association in the presentation of "white coats"  to next year's graduates of the University College of Veterinary Medicine.  The wearing of the white coat marks the students' entry into their clinical rotation. 
White coat presentation"To welcome these young veterinarians into our profession is a tremendous honor, and a great pleasure," said Dr. Baillie.  An excerpt from his remarks, in which he urged the students to participate in the development of the profession:

You are entering the last part of your education and the first part of the rest of your career in a profession which offers you endless opportunities to expand your knowledge. You can pay back or pay it forward as you go through life.
Enjoy your profession, be active and contribute to people, communities and veterinary medicine regardless of what area of medicine you practice. Make the most of your life and career.
Confucius said  “Choose the job you love. You will never work a day in your life. I guess I have never worked a day in my life.

It was close on Friday though;  I did have to work at deciding what I was going to say to you! 
Welcome to the rest of your life in Veterinary Medicine. 

Pictured with Dr. Baillie (left)  is Dr. Jody Lulich.   Nearly 100 members of the College's Class of 2014 took part in the White Coat Ceremony, which took place in the North Star Ballroom of the St. Paul Student Center, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of families and supporters. 

Dr. Baillie is the president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association, the statewide professional organization.  "I go to a lot of meetings," Dr. Baillie said.  "The White Coat Ceremony is just great." 

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