June 3, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

We are busy preparing for our accreditation visit in October. I want to thank Dr. Steve DiBartola for coordinating our efforts in preparing for this important event, and for compiling our self-study report. I know he is calling on many of you throughout the college during this effort and I know we all appreciate the work involved. Dr. Laurie Jaeger, head of the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, and formerly a member of the AVMA’s Council on Education, spent a few days with us last week. She reviewed our self-study report, toured our facilities, and spoke with several college staff y to offer her recommendations prior to the committee’s visit in the fall. We appreciate her advice.

Congratulations to Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, who received an Outreach and Engagement Impact Grant for an important international collaboration: “Ohio State-Ethiopia Outreach and Needs Assessment on Rabies Elimination: “One Health” Prototype for Zoonotic Diseases Control.”

Congratulations also to Dr. Andy Bowman. His research last summer on swine influenza at county fairs in Ohio continues to generate broad interest. He was recently interviewed by the Centers for Disease Control for a podcast, which is now available. Click here to access more information and the link to the interview.

I want to recognize our student Caitlin Pohlit as well. She won third place (and a $200 cash award) in the annual Student Case Report contest of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners with the case titled “Physaloptera infection in a dog with chronic vomiting.”

Campus Updates and Partnerships

We are continuing to build bridges with colleges, departments, and units across campus. In the past several weeks, College of Veterinary Medicine representatives have met with colleagues in the University’s Technology Commercialization office, the chief financial officer’s office, and University Advancement. In addition, Christine Poon, dean of the Fisher College of Business, is chairing a College Business Roundtable using a group of business advisors to review our direction and offer formal business advice for the college.

The annual meeting for the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases Program was held on Friday. Many of our faculty and graduate students are affiliated with this campus-wide program and participated as speakers and at the poster session.  PHPID is in its 8th year and is considered one of OSU’s real success stories for implementing a One University initiative. 

Alumni and Fundraising

I enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in a recent event at the Ohio Wildlife Center. This facility provides a place for injured wildlife to recover, and in most cases, return to the wild. It was founded by college alumnus Dr. Donald Burton (DVM 1980) and includes a hospital connected to his veterinary practice on Billingsley Road, as well as a 20-acre Nature Education Center in Powell, OH.

Two weeks ago, Katie Coen, development officer, and Drs. Rustin Moore, Liesa Stone, Linda Lord, Mary Jo Burkhard and I, hosted alumni in the Cincinnati area at a dinner and Community Conversation. Once again, we heard from our alumni how much they appreciate our college updates and open discussions. These events have been a great opportunity to re-connect with alumni across Ohio.  Later this week, we will attend an alumni function in Dayton.

In June, we will meet with the board of our Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society to hear the results of their task force, which has been examining the way in which the Alumni Society functions. We look forward to their report and hearing about ways to re-engage a greater number of alumni in college activities.


Dean Lonnie King