Katie Tyler and John Whitesell, both of Ada, Okla., were among the 75 students who received the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM) during convocation and hooding exercises at Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

Tyler is the daughter of Bennie and Valerie Cope of Ada.  She graduated from Ada High School and earned a B.S. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from OSU.  Recently at the veterinary center’s Awards Banquet, Tyler received a $500 Durham Ranch Food Animal Award for her interest in food animal veterinary medicine.  Tyler plans to work at Neel Veterinary Hospital in Oklahoma City.

Whitesell is the son of Clifton and Carol Whitesell of Ada. He also graduated from Ada High School and earned a B.S. degree in animal science from OSU.  At the Annual Awards Banquet, Whitesell received the $1,000 Cooper Dogs Memorial Endowed Scholarship in recognition of his academic achievements and interest in small animal medicine.  Following graduation, Whitesell will begin a small animal medicine and surgery internship at OSU.

“We pride ourselves in graduating competent, confident, practice-ready veterinarians,” says Dr. Michael Lorenz, professor and dean of the college.  “Our graduates are highly sought after with most having multiple job offers upon graduation.  While many chose private veterinary practice, some veterinarians pursue careers in academia, research, public health, or the military.  We believe these young graduates will make OSU proud as they begin their careers in veterinary medicine.”

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