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Pound Ridge Student Takes Step Toward Becoming A Veterinarian

From left: Dr. Bud C. Tenant, DVM, a professor of comparative medicine at Cornell, Dean Michael Kotlikoff, Leah Simons, and Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, who “coated” Simons.
From left: Dr. Bud C. Tenant, DVM, a professor of comparative medicine at Cornell, Dean Michael Kotlikoff, Leah Simons, and Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, who “coated” Simons. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicin

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Pound Ridge resident and Fox Lane graduate Leah Simons is a step closer to becoming a veterinarian after hitting a milestone in the profession’s educational process.

Simons participated in the College of Veterinary Medicine's White Coat Ceremony at Cornell University and received one of the most recognized symbols of the veterinary profession.

She is a member of the Class of 2014 and is the daughter of Donna Simons of Pound Ridge and Stuart Mano of Forest Hills.

"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, 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."

Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine adds meaning to this rite of passage in two ways. During the ceremony, veterinarians and faculty who have provided mentorship to the students participate by placing coats on the recipients. Simons received her coat from Dr. Elizabeth Berliner. Similarly, family and friends who have provided support and encouragement were asked to rise and be acknowledged.

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