Joe Esch receives Board of Trustees Award

Joe Esch, third year veterinary student, received the Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award. Joe was recognized for his academic excellence and outstanding leadership. He has been involved in serving other students since his high school days in Springfield, MA. While an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he was also involved in many student organizations.

In addition to his recognition by the Board of Trustees, Joe is the first Ohio State student to be selected as the SAVMA president-elect for 2010-2011; he will serve as president in 2011-2012.

Joe has been involved in serving other students since his high school days in Springfield, MA. While an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he was also involved in many student organizations.

"I get passionate when I believe I can help make things better," he said. When the SAVMA Symposium was held in Columbus, he was one of the few first year students who was involved in the planning. His goal for his presidency is to identify four to six areas of opportunity, and rather than react to problems, create a plan for the future to do better for other students.

Joe was interviewed for an article that appeared in the 2010 February 15 issue of JAVMA, which explored diversity issues in the veterinary profession. The section of the story that included his interview is "At veterinary colleges, male students are in the minority."

In addition to his presidency, Joe Esch received the AKC/AVMF award for the 2010-2011 academic year, a $6,000 scholarship sponsored by the American Kennel Club and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. The American Kennel Club® (AKC) awarded only 15 scholarships to students from 10 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited schools of veterinary medicine. Last year, Joe received the President's Award through the American Kennel Club, a scholarship worth $10,000.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of The Ohio State University, and is composed of 18 trustees who are responsible for oversight of academic programs, budgets and general administration, and employment of faculty and staff. 

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About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.