2008 Alumni Society Recognition Award Bios

Dr. Charles Neer, professor emeritus in the Department of Preventive Medicine, received his DVM in 1963 from Ohio State. Following a two-year service as captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, he owned a private practice in Bellevue, Ohio for 17 years. He served in 1980 as president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Neer completed a master's degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine focusing on the human-animal bond and is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Neer was a member of the organizing committee to develop the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. He served as college representative to the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society board of trustees and was chair of the Annual Alumni Society Program from 1988-2006. Dr. Neer joined Ohio State in 1982 and was director of Small Animal Outpatients in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences for six years and later held the role of clinical associate veterinarian. His teaching included veterinary ethics and jurisprudence, public health, veterinary public service, preventive medicine and veterinary practice management. Dr. Neer was instrumental in the creation of six student professional development core courses including basic life skills, communications, personal finance, leadership, legal challenges and business management. He received the Career Services Award from Ohio State for outstanding service to college students. In 2006, Dr. Neer received the Dean's Award for Creativity in Teaching from the College of Veterinary Medicine and was honored as Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Neer is a member of the Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine and a life member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Kerry Ketring graduated from The Ohio State University in 1972, where he pursued veterinary ophthalmology. He became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1977 and began his specialty practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to his successful private specialty practice, he is currently an adjunct professor at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He holds memberships in the Cincinnati, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and American Veterinary Medical Associations as well as the American Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology, which he served as president, and the Ophthalmic Photographers Society. The author of seven books, numerous book chapters and many articles that appeared in prestigious journals, he is also a  highly sought-after speaker, and has lectured across the country on ophthalmologic issues in canines, felines, and equine. He is also initiated and continues to participate in annual guide dog clinics and biennial police dog clinics in the Cincinnati area. He serves as a consultant for the Cincinnati  Zoological Garden, Humane Society, and numerous other organizations. Dr. Ketring enjoys cheering on the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, fishing, working outdoors, and going to auctions. He and his wife, Marsha, have two children, Emily and Jeff, and six grandchildren.

Dr. Charles Capen, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, passed away March 1, following a battle with cancer. Recognized worldwide as one of the foremost experts on calcium metabolism and tumors of endocrine glands, he was one of a few veterinarians in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. An authority on veterinary endocrine pathology, he was renowned for his work in the use of animal models to study human diseases. Dr. Capen, born in Washington, received his DVM from Washington State University, where he developed an interest in veterinary pathology. He went on to earn MS and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University in 1961 and 1965 respectively and became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1965. He was hired as instructor in the Department of Pathology (now Veterinary Biosciences), where he became professor in 1972 and served as chair from 1982 to 2002. Charles married Dr. Sharron Martin, also professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1968. Throughout the past four decades they traveled the world together on photographic safaris. Dr. Capen helped shape the Department of Veterinary Biosciences into a significant link between the veterinary and human health communities. His former students are leaders throughout academia, government, and industry, demonstrating his role as an outstanding teacher and research mentor. Dr. Capen published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and received dozens of honors, including Ohio State's Distinguished Scholar Award. Other honors included election into the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Distinguished Member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Bonnie Bates led the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society for nearly 25 years. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degrees in business administration (1977) and in education (1982). Ms. Bates worked as a student employee for the college. Following graduation, she accepted a permanent staff position coordinating continuing education courses, and also served as assistant editor for the college alumni magazine, The Speculum. Ms. Bates was later promoted to program coordinator of Alumni Relations and served as program coordinator of college communications. During this time, the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society continued its growth in membership and fundraising, and received several awards including the Outstanding Alumni Society Award from the Alumni Association. In 2003, Ms. Bates was awarded the Outstanding Society Leader Award from the Alumni Association. Ms. Bates retired from Ohio State in 2006 and is thoroughly enjoying spending time with her family, as well as hiking, biking, gardening and volunteering.