The Ohio State University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) raised money last year to purchase 250 Josh Kits for children facing pre-admission testing at Nationwide Children's Hospital. In addition to making a scary experience a little brighter for those kids, they were awarded first place at last month's SAVMA Symposium. They were recognized for raising more money than any other SCAVMA chapter in the country for the first time since the competition began. Students in SCAVMA hosted monthly bake sales and other fundraising events throughout the year. Other groups in Columbus have assisted SCAVMA in their fundraising efforts, including the students at Colerain Elementary who held a "Penny War" in which each classroom competed to collect the largest amount of loose change. The Josh Project was designed by Knoxville veterinarian Dr. Randy Lange after one of his own children faced a surgical procedure. The Josh Kit contains a book, "I'll Be OK," which explains the experience of hospitalization, and a stuffed puppy named "Josh." The Josh Project is an initiative of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Children's Miracle Network. Each SCAVMA chapter raises money for local children’s hospitals.
Photo used with permission from Nationwide Children's Hospital
SCAVMA students (from left) Joe Esch and Josh Cope accept Ohio State first place award from Dr. Randy Lange and Michael Levesque
Josh Project team from 2009 Kara Berke, Jamie Berning, Elizabeth Baker, Katie Chambers, Allison Brys, Gaemia Tracy
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.