Gregory Yoast of Cleveland, Okla., recently began his journey to earn a DVM degree from Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. Yoast is one of 106 students in the class of 2021 and the son of Douglas Yoast of Springfield, Mo., and Virginia Yoast of Mannford, Okla.
“As a land grant university, training the next generation of veterinarians is one of our core missions,” said Dr. Chris Ross, professor and interim dean of the veterinary center. “We strive to graduate competent veterinarians who can serve the needs of Oklahoma, the nation and the world. Students spend the first three years primarily in the classroom studying anatomy, pharmacology, pathology and more. Their fourth year will be spent honing their clinical skills in our Veterinary Medical Hospital as they apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life cases.”
A DVM degree offers veterinarians many career choices including private practice, biomedical research, military service, academia, the pharmaceutical industry, government positions and more. Students in Oklahoma State’s program will be trained in all species as well as some specialty services, for example, ophthalmology, anesthesia, digital imaging, theriogenology and food animal production.
The class of 2021 is comprised of 58 Oklahoma residents and 48 non-residents representing Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Toronto, Canada.