FACULTY & ALUMNI GIVING
GOING ABOVE & BEYOND From mentoring students to providing essential funding for scholarships and groundbreaking research, faculty and alumni are the core of our college and hospitals. They are our advocates, advisors, and leaders. Whether our alumni branch out to other locations or stay at VMCVM and become part of our faculty, we are grateful for their support and could not continue to expand without them.
Giving from One Generation to the Next Chip (DVM ’87) and Caroline (DVM ’87) Godine reflect on their 30-year journey that began in Blacksburg
Written by Courtney Sibiga Wilson “Chip was the first person I met in our class,” Caroline Godine (DVM ’87) recalled. Caroline had gone to Day Spring Church that morning in 1983, with her roommate, where Richard “Chip” Godine (DVM ’87) attended. Both Chip and Caroline were incoming first-year students at the veterinary college and were scheduled to attend their class picnic that afternoon at Sinking Creek. Caroline’s roommate helped her get to Sinking Creek and introduced them, since she remembered seeing Chip at church that morning. The pair hit it off instantly and would spend the next four years getting to know one another through Christian Veterinary Fellowship, bible study, prayer group, potluck dinners,
but mostly by studying together and attending the same classes eight hours a day. “We knew enough that we wanted to be in the same area after we graduated,” Chip said. The pair first worked in Eastern Virginia, with Caroline working in a mixed practice in Northern Neck and Chip in Yorktown at a small animal practice. Within one year of graduation, they were married and ready for their next adventure together. The next several years brought changes in their lives, both professional and personal. They moved around Virginia and had the opportunity to co-own practices. Chip spent time as a traveling ultrasonographer and serving as an active member of the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
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