The class of 2018 was welcomed into the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine Aug. 17 during its annual White Coat Ceremony at the UGA Performing Arts Center.

The Georgia Veterinary Medical Association sponsored the event, which recognized 114 students by giving them lab coats to wear while in school.

“The white coat is a symbol of medical professionalism and of acceptance of the responsibilities, obligations and sacrifices that go with the privilege to study and practice veterinary medicine,” said Scott Brown, the college’s acting associate dean for academic affairs, in a University press release. “Reciting the Veterinarian’s Oath for the first time denotes the beginning of their official journey in one of the most respected professions.”

The college enrolls 114 students each fall out of the more than 900 who apply.

In this year's class, 19 percent are interested in companion animal medicine, 30 percent in mixed-animal medicine, 10 percent in zoo animal and wildlife medicine, 10 percent in food animal medicine, 8 percent in public health, 3 percent in equine medicine and 20 percent in pursuing an internship or residency, according to the release.