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Congressman Bill Johnson (Ohio 6th Congressional District) visited The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Medical Center in September. During his visit, Congressman Johnson took a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the Veterinary Medical Center and its three hospitals: the Hospital for Companion Animals, the Hospital for Farm Animals, and the Galbreath Equine Center. He also met with Dean Lonnie King, along with other college leaders and faculty, to discuss ideas for improving veterinary services to rural communities in southeast Ohio. Congressman Johnson also had the opportunity to meet and visit with veterinary students from his region of the state. "We appreciate Congressman Johnson's interest in learning more about the College of Veterinary Medicine and the vitally important role veterinary medicine plays in communities across the state," said Dean Lonnie King. "We are also pleased with his efforts to better understand the needs for increased access to veterinary services in rural communities in Appalachian Ohio."
From left to right: Dr. Jeff Lakritz (Vernon Tharp Professor of Large Animal Medicine); Karin Zuckerman (Director, Veterinary Medical Center); Dr. Rustin Moore (Associate Dean, Clinical and Outreach Programs); Brandon Michels (3rd year student); Andrea Eilenfeld (2nd year student); Ellen Wetli (2nd year student); Congressman Johnson; Shawna Houston (2nd year student); Vaughn Taylor-Lehman (2nd year student); Dr. Linda Lord (Associate Dean, Student Affairs); Dr. Lonnie King (Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine); Jack Hershey (Assistant Vice President, Government Affairs); Aimee Clay (3rd year student); and Dick Stoddard (Associate Vice President, Government Affairs).