Kirsten Begin has been awarded the doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She received the degree during commencement and hooding ceremonies on campus May 8, 2009. Begin is the daughter of Neil and Lynn Begin of Belmont and a 2001 graduate of Rockford High School. At the College of Veterinary Medicine’s senior banquet held May 8, Begin was the recipient of the Ethicon Surgery Award for small-animal orthopedic surgery. She was also the class of 2009 treasurer. Dr. Begin will do a small-animal internship at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.