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College of Veterinary Medicine announces five-year Strategic Plan

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has an impressive ambition: to be the model comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world, impacting animal and human health through innovation, collaboration and excellence.

What does this mean? And why “Be the Model”?

Dr. Roger Fingland, executive director and chief medical officer of the Veterinary Medical System, explained it this way. “Colleges typically aspire to a ranking – being #1 or in the top 10. However, these goals can be difficult to relate to on a personal basis. 

But we can all commit to being a model to others – to be the kind of people who do the right things the right way, all the time. In this way, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s new strategic plan is very much an individual commitment.” 

The five-year plan was developed through a collaborative process that involved over 120 faculty and staff at all levels, as well as college supporters and friends, and external stakeholders.

“My charge to everyone involved was simple,” said Rustin Moore, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine.  “Our strategic plan must be visionary, aspirational and compelling. It must incorporate our foundational principles of health and wellness of our people, diversity and inclusion, advancing partnerships, and resource stewardship. And, it must be aligned with the university’s new ‘Time and Change’ strategic plan.”

The college’s strategic plan has six key goals:

  • Be the learning and work environment of choice within Ohio State and the veterinary community
  • Deliver extraordinary and value-driven education in a healthy and supportive environment
  • Be a national and global leader in animal and human health as a top-funded college of veterinary medicine
  • Be the referral veterinary medical center of choice in the region by delivering accessible, cutting-edge care in partnership with referring veterinarians and clients
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of animals and people while promoting positive human-animal interactions throughout our local community, Ohio and the world
  • Achieve financial stability for the college by focusing on creative solutions to funding challenges and optimizing operational excellence while enhancing student, faculty and staff outcomes

Dean Moore refers to the plan as “a roadmap for the college’s future,” that will guide the college as it strives to “Be the Model” comprehensive college of veterinary medicine around the world.

How will the college know when it has achieved its goals? Specific information about tactics and measurements of success will be updated during the next five years on the website at To view the Strategic Plan Summary as well as the complete plan, visit

Ultimately, the measure of success is more lofty.

“We will know we are the model when others emulate us; when they seek to match our success,” said Dr. Fingland. “It’s a process of becoming, not an endpoint we achieve and then rest from our efforts. We will always be presented with new opportunities.”

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Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:45am