Alumnus wins prestigious national award

Lawrence E. Heider receives 2010 Sen. John Melcher Leadership in Public Policy Award

Alumnus and Ohio State Emeritus Professor Lawrence E. Heider, DVM, DACVPM, has been awarded the Senator John Melcher DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The award was established in 2007 to honor Dr. Melcher, the first recipient. Dr. Heider received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in 1964. Following two years in private practice, Dr. Heider joined the faculty of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Clinics at Ohio State. Beginning as an ambulatory clinician, Dr. Heider rose to the rank of professor in 1974 and attained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1978. During his tenure in Columbus, Dr. Heider served as an extension veterinarian, as director of the Finley Veterinary Research Center, as director of Veterinary Field Services, and as director of the Veterinary Medical Center before accepting the post of Chair of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1988. Dr. Heider was named Professor Emeritus in 1991. He left Ohio State and became dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Heider served as dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College from 1991 to 1998, when he was named interim president of the University of Prince Edward Island. In 2002, Dr. Heider was named executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), a position he held until 2007. From November of 2007 until August of this year, Dr. Heider served as interim chief executive officer of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues. In each position he held across his career, Dr. Heider has been a leader in advancing the veterinary profession.

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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.