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Presented June 9, 2007
Oath and Hooding Ceremony
Dr. Kent Hoblet graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1971. Following graduation, he went into private practice in Ashland, Ohio, where he specialized in food animal medicine. He left private practice in 1983 to join the faculty of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine as the extension veterinarian for dairy. His expertise in mastitis control, bovine lameness, and dairy production were an invaluable resource to Ohio practitioners. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1984 and became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1985. As his national and international reputation increased, he rose through the academic ranks to achieve the rank of Professor. In 1992 Dr. Hoblet became the Chair of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. During his tenure as chair his leadership elevated the department to a higher level of excellence and led to the development of strong teaching, research, and service programs for the Columbus campus, Marysville Ambulatory, and Food Animal Research Program at OARDC. In June 2006 Dr. Hoblet left Ohio State to become the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.
Dr. Hoblet has a broad understanding of the many issues related to the veterinary profession including public health, animal welfare, extension dairy industry education, and the important status of animal agriculture. He has had numerous publications, including peer reviewed articles, abstracts, book chapters, and miscellaneous extension publications. He has also advised PhD and MS students and taught extensively in the professional curriculum. In 2000, the American Association of Extension Veterinarians recognized him as their Veterinarian of the Year. In 2003 he went on special assignment for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) to develop a white-paper, "Veterinarians in population health and public practice: meeting critical national needs." This white paper was published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education and is being used to help direct the focus of veterinary medicine today.
Dr. Hoblet has distinguished himself as an educator, an extension veterinarian in dairy cattle health for the past 22 years, and has an impressive history of premier outreach education in Ohio, throughout the United States, and the world.