April 8, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

We are all saddened by the sudden loss of Tim Justice, our colleague in the reception area of the Veterinary Medical Center. I know Karin Zuckerman will be trying to accommodate requests to attend services for Tim. Many of us will feel his loss in different ways over the coming days and weeks. Dr. Jen Brandt has distributed information related to coping with grief, which will be available on our CVM Community website under "Announcements." She can offer additional resources for anyone who needs to talk further.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in another successful Open House on Saturday. This event is a great opportunity to showcase the college and the field of veterinary medicine. I know many hours of hard work from students, staff, and faculty are what make this event so successful. People get special insight in to the college and the event also serves as an effective recruitment strategy. I especially want to thank April Pugh, assistant director of Student Affairs, for her efforts coordinating and promoting the Open House.

Congratulations also to our first and second year students on a successful "Colerain Day." Of course, at Colerain Elementary School, they call it "Veterinary Day." This is a wonderful outreach program of the college and I know our students enjoy spending time with the students at Colerain. I want to thank Katie Kobyra, Class of 2015, for her efforts planning the event.

I am happy to report that we received a letter from the AVMA that continues our full accreditation from the Council on Education and restores full compliance for Standard 11: Outcomes Assessment. This favorable interim evaluation positions us well as we prepare for our upcoming AVMA accreditation site visit in October 2013. I would like to thank Drs. Steve DiBartola, Lynne Olson, Sue Johnson, and Clare Allen for their efforts to improve the college’s compliance with outcomes assessment and prepare us for our accreditation site visit in October. I would also like to thank all faculty, staff, and students of the college for their efforts in completing, logging and evaluating the clinical competency procedures that are an integral part of outcomes assessment in the college.

I want to thank everyone who has participated in the recent discussion sessions about the college. I especially want to thank Dr. Mary Jo Burkhard for setting up these "Dialogues with the Dean." I continue to be inspired by everyone’s level of engagement and great ideas. These sessions will continue through June, so that the majority of faculty and staff have the opportunity to offer their input. As a reminder, the overview presentation with details about the college’s finances will soon be available at CVM Community under “helpful links.” After completion of these dialogues, Mary Jo will be summarizing the results and sharing them across the college.

Congratulations to winners of the 2013 Honors and Awards that will be presented at Oath and Hooding on May 4. We will be presenting three Distinguished Alumni Awards:

  • Tony Forshey, DVM, state veterinarian and chief of the Division of Animal Health, Ohio Department of Agriculture;
  • William Kerns, DVM, MS, DACVP, CEO, Accellient Partners LLC;
  • Kathleen A. Smith, DVM, MPH, state public health veterinarian, Ohio Department of Health.

In addition to recognizing these distinguished alumni, we will also be saluting the following faculty winners:

  • Dr. Andrew Hillier, Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education
  • Dr. Lawrence Hill, Dean’s Award for Creativity in Teaching
  • Dr. Y. Mohamed "Mo" Saif, William L. Ingalls Award for Outstanding Service
  • Dr. Mary A. McLoughlin, Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award (former Pfizer Animal Health)
  • Dr. Li Wu, Zoetis Award for Distinguished Research
  • Dr. Linda J. Saif, David White Research Award

State and National Issues

I was honored to give the James H. Steele, DVM, MPH annual lecture at the University Of Texas in honor of Dr. Steele’s 100th birthday. Dr. Steele has been called the "Father of Veterinary Public Health" and founded the veterinary division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has advocated the One Health concept (previously referred to as "One Medicine") during much of the 20th century, long before it became fashionable.


We are continuing to engage alumni across the state of Ohio in "community conversations." We were in Toledo on Wednesday (4/3), and on Tuesday (4/9) we will be hosting an event in Columbus. The conversations continue to be interesting and productive. We are covering a number of topics important to our alumni regarding the college and the field of veterinary medicine. These conversations will also be chronicled and shared with the college and our alumni.

Upcoming Events

We are hosting a Town Hall meeting for our students next Wednesday, April 10 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium.

On April 17 we are holding a special dinner at the Longaberger Alumni House to recognize special donors who have funded endowments and scholarships.


Dean Lonnie King