Dordt College News

Vander Ley presented with white coat

September 14, 2004

A Sioux Center veterinarian and a Dordt College pre-veterinary student took part in the first ever “White Coat Ceremony” conducted at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University on Friday, Aug. 20, at Benton Auditorium.

Brian Vander Ley was presented a white lab coat, signifying his intent to become a veterinarian. Presenting the coat was Sioux Center veterinarian, Fred Sick, who is a community advisor to Dordt College’s pre-vet club.

Vander Ley is the son of Larry and Bonnie Vander Ley, Corsica, SD, and is married to Katie (Van Engen), daughter of John and Kae Van Engen, Sioux Center. Family members were in attendance at the ceremony, where 105 students were presented with veterinarian white coats.

Around 80 students are enrolled in ag programs at Dordt College, which represents Dordt's third largest department.

The college is among only a handful of Christian liberal arts colleges that offer an agriculture major with five different emphases: general agriculture, agri-business, crop science, animal science and agri-missions. A sixth emphasis, agriculture biotechnology, is being contemplated following the signing of a cooperative agreement with Trans Ova Genetics in August.

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