December 6, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Congratulations to all the members of The Hoofbeats, our college choir. They performed a Christmas-themed concert on Monday, December 2, and collected canned goods for a local food pantry. They sounded great, and really helped get concert-goers in the holiday spirit.

I want to wish all of our students good luck during finals. Ohio State Fall Commencement is Sunday, December 15. In addition to our DVM graduates in the spring, we always have graduates during the other commencement celebrations, as well. We are proud of our Master’s and PhD students and I’d like to recognize their efforts as well as the support of their faculty mentors. Our rigorous graduate education and the accomplishments of our alumni enhance our excellent reputation.

Interviewing for the Class of 2018 begins next week! I know many of you have volunteered to participate in this important activity, and I thank those of you who are giving your time. Interviews are a critical component of our candidates’ application process, and it is only possible with the support and assistance of the dozens of volunteers – alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the college – who make it possible. We will interview 430 students on the following dates: December 14, 16, 17 and 18, and January 18 and 25. I want to commend April Pugh, director of recruitment, for another successful application year. We received 1,406 applications this year, a 6.4 percent increase over last year. I want to recognize Associate Dean Linda Lord and the addition of the applicant dinners to the interview process as well. These dinners allow the applicants the opportunity to appreciate Ohio State in a new way, which in turn allows us to recruit the best students to our program.

Part of the reason students want to come to Ohio State continues to be the outstanding education that we offer them. Our new clerkship rotation is a great example of that. Starting this year, we will provide a new formal elective rotation for students specializing in small animal as their Career Area of Emphasis. They will spend two weeks placed at a small animal practice, learning first-hand about the day-to-day practice of veterinary medicine. I understand the first rotation took place at the Knapp Veterinary Hospital, under the guidance of alumnus and college supporter Dr. Bob Knapp.

We welcomed Dr. Rick Sibbel, director of Beef Technical Services for Merck Animal Health. He spoke with a group in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and is known as an expert on reproductive issues in cows, and respiratory issues in calves.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

The One Health partnership with Ethiopia is featured in the November-December issue of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine, which goes to more than 138,000 university alumni. This partnership of the seven colleges of health sciences was started by our own Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and director of Global Programs. It has received recognition in many places, including OnCampus, the faculty staff newspaper.

State and National Issues

I enjoyed speaking at the Council on World Affairs meeting yesterday. I continue to believe in the importance of the One Health message and the positive impact a One Health approach will have on the health of animals, people and our environment, and especially as part of an effort to alleviate poverty in developing nations.

Last week, Gordon Gee accepted the invitation of Dr. Nongnuch Inpanbutr, to talk to her first year Anatomy class. The past Ohio State University president talked about the importance of leadership and reflected on his presidency at Ohio State. He has been a university president for more than half of his life beginning at the University of West Virginia in 1981. At the end, he actually gave a demonstration on how to tie a bowtie. There have been reports that he will now serve as interim president at the University of West Virginia where he first started but will also continue his work and relationship with Ohio State concurrently. Dr. Gee has always been very supportive of our college and we thank him for his service to the university and our college.

This will be an exciting football weekend and will also be cold and snowy. Please be careful driving in these conditions and Go Bucks!


Dean Lonnie King