College of Veterinary Medicine Partners with the ODRC

The College of Veterinary Medicine has  long-term partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, which operates 10 farms in Ohio. They raise and process their own animals to provide food to the 51,000 inmates in 32 institutions across the state. “We are their veterinarians,” Explains Dr. Fernando Silveira, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. “We act as consultants from conception to consumer – breeding to processing. This program is also a huge benefit to our students, who are able to gain a variety of experiences by working with the animals on these farms. Many members of the public are unaware of the important role veterinarians play in keeping the American food supply safe.”