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Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Celebrates 40 Years

This year marks milestones in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State: the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences celebrates its 40th anniversary and the college recognizes its 125th anniversary. The department was founded in 1970 when the Departments of Veterinary Clinics, Veterinary Medicine, and Veterinary Surgery and Radiology merged. Dr. Vernon L. Tharp was named acting chair of the new department, and he was also hospital director at the time. The department moved into a new veterinary hospital facility in late 1973, the same building we reside in currently.

To honor this anniversary, we are capturing the rich history and tradition of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and the many achievements and meaningful contributions made by our faculty, staff and students during our first 40 years. You can read more about the legendary leaders, and accomplishments of faculty, staff and students. Each week, a new historical fact about the department will be added to the list

As you will see, past and present members of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences have published significant research accomplishments world-wide, received numerous teaching and research honors, and have advanced clinical veterinary practice, clinical research, teaching of clinical veterinary medicine to veterinary students, and the specialty training of interns, residents and graduate students in highly sought-after training programs.

We hope these recognitions reflect our gratitude to the founding faculty members for creating a place where great things happened in the field of veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University and the many faculty, staff and students that collectively helped to advance clinical veterinary medicine and the profession. We look forward to continuing to share historical facts and achievements throughout this momentous year.


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.   


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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 3:19pm