February 13, 2012

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

I hope you all had a chance to review the research posters on display in Sisson and VMAB on Wednesday and Thursday. The important research that goes on in this college is often "behind the scenes" and the annual Research Day gives us all the opportunity to appreciate the important work being done to advance animal care and human health. You can see the abstracts of all the posters at: http://vet.osu.edu/research/college-research-day I want to acknowledge the hard work of Michele Morscher. She makes sure all aspects of Research Day - from displays to judging to awards - run smoothly, and makes it all look easy at the same time. Dr. Pat Green hosted a great dinner for our industrial advisory panel, and I'd like to thank that group for their time and input: Dr. John Sagartz, Seventh Wave Labs; Dr. Andrew Dahlem, Eli Lily; Dr. Mary Carsillo, Millenium; Dr. Leighann Darisotle, P & G Petcare; Dr. Sharell Mikesell, and Jean Schellhorn. I also want to compliment Dr. Steve Arnoczky from MSU on a terrific keynote speech. He received his DVM from Ohio State in 1972.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

Ohio State's Office of Technology Commercialization and Knowledge Transfer (OTCKT) has moved to a new office on High Street near the Gateway. Their new facility is a demonstration of a re-invigorated university emphasis on revenue enhancement opportunities through commercialization. We are fortunate in our college to have two people working on these opportunities. Dr. Tom Rosol, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, also serves as the senior advisory for the OTCKT, as well as special assistant to the Vice President for Research. Jean Schelhorn, Director of Commercialization for the college, serves as a "point-of-contact" within the college to provide advice to all faculty about potential opportunities for commercialization of their research. She is a valuable resource in the college, and I hope you will remember to call on her with ideas and questions.

We are continuing to strengthen relationships with our partners across campus. Recently, we met with Dr. Bobby Moser, dean of the college of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. He has reiterated a commitment to bring together key faculty members from both of our colleges to discuss a plan for building more effective collaborations and working relationships.

Part of our effort includes a renewed presence at this year's Farm Science Review, scheduled for September 18-20, 2012 at the Molly Caren Farm near London, OH. This is the 50th anniversary of the FSR, and they are pleased to have our expanded participation. Drs. Jeff Workman and William Shulaw in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Extension, are serving on this year's FSR steering committee, and will be connecting with other areas in our college to explore opportunities to promote our programs and expertise at the FSR. Last year, more than 130,000 people in the agricultural industry participated in the FSR over its three days. Being part of the event will allow us to connect with farmers, industry professionals, and peers.

We are focusing our next Focus-Forward Weekend on agricultural issues as well. Our third annual F-FW is scheduled for July 19-21, and the title for this year is Ohio Agriculture and the College of Veterinary Medicine: Strengthening Our Land Grant Roots. The five discussion topics will be: 1) Veterinary service for rural and food animal agriculture; 2) building strategic partnerships with Ohio Agriculture; 3) preparing the next generation of veterinarians to meet the needs of animal agriculture; 4) Food and health; and 5) Global opportunities in agriculture, food systems and veterinary medicine. We'll let you know when our speakers are confirmed.

Another important campus group for expanded partnerships is the health sciences colleges. The deans from these colleges have begun meetings with campus planners to discuss the concept of a "medical district" and research corridor that better integrates our seven colleges and leverages our significant assets. An area focused on the health sciences allows us to gain public awareness for our collaborative research, and offers us all the opportunity for more shared inter-professional training, as well as health care and wellness delivery

State and National Issues

The legislative advisory committee of the AVMA is now meeting regularly with representatives from the AAVMC to discuss issues that impact veterinary medicine and our colleges including key regulations, legislation, and budget issues. We met recently with officials from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and with officers from Cooperative Extension Service, to discuss the future and opportunities in One Health and the support of rural veterinary practice.

Alumni and Fundraising

I want to call your attention to a story under "News" on our home page (vet.osu.edu): Our alumnus Dr. Andrew Maccabe, Class of 1981, has been named the new executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). He is also a new member of our Campaign Committee, which offers advice and support for our upcoming $92 million campaign, part of the university's $2.5 billion campaign, which is scheduled to kick off to the public in October.

Upcoming Events

I want to remind everyone that our Annual Open House is coming up on May 19 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. I hope you are promoting the event with your friends and family, and planning to participate in your own area. This is a great opportunity to showcase the college and the work we do, as well as reach out to the community and future veterinary students. Many of our students shoulder extra responsibility for helping to plan this event. Last year, we welcomed nearly 3,000 visitors, and we are planning for even more this year. I know the planners need everyone's support in the college. Please contact April Pugh, assistant director in Student Affairs, with questions or suggestions.

Dean Lonnie King