December 20, 2013
This is the time of year when we look back on our accomplishments and reflect on the friends - and alumni - whose support makes our work possible.
We are proud of you - our alumni. Your accomplishments and professionalism reflect well on your alma mater. We believe that our efforts to continue to strive to be the best college of veterinary medicine provides real value back to you as well.
In 2013, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine made great strides providing new opportunities to our students. They now have access to an Office of Career Management within Student Affairs, can opt to add a Graduate Minor in Business, and our seniors can take an elective rotation that places them in a local veterinary clinic, which gives them first-hand knowledge of how a practice runs. Our student applicants have increased 73 percent in the past two years. We continue to recruit the best students from Ohio and across the U.S.
Our research expenditures for last year were more than $10 million. Several faculty have received significant federal research grants of $1 million and more, allowing them to study emerging diseases including influenza, Lyme disease, and respiratory conditions. Our Clinical Trials Office is one of the largest in the country, and our small animal caseload in our Veterinary Medical Center continues to grow thanks to our loyal referring veterinarians.
We have undertaken new partnerships with the other six health sciences colleges across campus, and last summer's inaugural "One Health Institute" in Ethiopia is featured in the November-December Alumni Magazine.
Thank you for your continued support of our work. We can only achieve our mission and goals with your help. If you are planning year-end charitable donations, please consider supporting the "But for Ohio State" campaign in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
I send my wishes for an enjoyable holiday season and sincere gratitude for your friendship, loyalty, and support.
Lonnie J. King, DVM, MS, MPA, ACVPM
CVM Alumni Holiday Card