August 23, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Welcome back to our students and especially the Class of 2017! The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine continues to provide the best opportunities to the most students in the country. Between our DVM students, interns, residents and the graduate students in our Comparative and Veterinary Medicine program and Master’s in Veterinary Public Health program, we have more than 700 students learning from our outstanding faculty and staff. We are truly guiding the future of our profession. It's important to take a moment to reflect on the importance of everyone’s contributions to our important work.

I want to thank Sandra Dawkins, Dr. Jen Brandt, Amanda Fark, Kelsey Kerstetter and Dr. Linda Lord in Student Services, as well as more than 40 upper-class students who also helped with an outstanding series of orientation activities. I know a highlight of the week is the convocation ceremony, and this year we welcomed more than 300 friends and family to the event.

I have been informed that the "Welcome to the Class of 2017" is our most popular post ever on the college Facebook page. More than 5,000 people saw the picture and story about the incoming class. There were also many congratulatory comments. You may have also noticed the photo on our home page

We hosted a meeting of area veterinarians to explore a more formalized plan for creating clerkships for our students. While students can elect now to participate in an externship as part of their fourth year rotations, we are planning to create a better structure for this program. We are striving to give as much practical experience as possible to students. We hear from our alumni that they wish they had these types of educational opportunities – and we hear from practitioners in the field that new graduates would benefit from more hands-on knowledge gained in well-operated private practices. We so appreciate engaging conversations with our outstanding alumni. Expect to see more information soon about a pilot program.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

Congratulations to Drs. Wondwossen Gebreyes, Bayleyegn Molla, and Armando Hoet (Veterinary Preventive Medicine) on the very successful second International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface (ICOPHAI), held in Brazil last week. Nearly 750 registrants from more than 60 countries participated in the event, which brings together a global veterinary community. Attendees indicated in follow-up surveys that they appreciated the quality of presentations and diversity of participants. The inaugural event was held in Ethiopia in 2011 and the next ICOPHAI will be in 2015 in Thailand.

Upcoming Events

Accreditation is coming! The site visit team will be here during the last week of October, starting Monday, October 28 – just two months from now. Much thanks is already owed Dr. Steve DiBartola for completing the self-study report and sending it forward. He is now preparing the agenda for the site visit team, with assistance from Michele Morscher. Interestingly, the AVMA is making changes to the accreditation process. Based on recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education, membership of the site visit team will be separated from the AVMA Council on Education, which is responsible for accreditation. The 11 standards for accreditation continue to undergo changes as well, with a special emphasis on measuring competencies. We will provide additional updates on the agenda and expectations for college staff participation as the date draws nearer.


Dean Lonnie King