November 29, 2011

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

I would like to reiterate my congratulations to Dr. Michael Oglesbee who was named the chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. Mike was the clear choice after serving nearly two years as interim chair. I know he will continue to provide outstanding leadership to the department and college.

We are making progress with the search for our new Chief of Advancement for the college. Potential applicants have been contacted, resumes reviewed, and the best- qualified individuals are being screened this week by the college search committee.

Dr. Steve DiBartola and I met with representatives from the Office of Academic Affairs to discuss our strategic plan. We are setting up a “score card” to track our progress. Ohio State is very serious about planning and accountability, and we are happy to comply with their suggestions.

Our fall faculty meeting was held and I hope that it continues to provide an opportunity for ongoing communication across our departments and the VMC. Keeping open communication is a critical process, and requires everyone’s participating. We are looking forward to offering a similar regular get-together for staff and students. More information about these meetings will be available in the coming weeks.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

Our students are leading the way for new partnerships across the health science colleges with a recent meeting of students interested in business issues. I want to acknowledge the support provided to them by their advisor Dr. Michelle Harcha.

A group from the college recently shared dinner with individuals representing Southeast Ohio economic development. We are continuing discussions of economic development in that region, and their potential support for a Southeast Ohio mixed-animal practice run by our college.  Producers and Legislators continue to have a high level of interest.

Last week, deans from all seven health science colleges met with Dr. Rebecca Jackson, director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS and director of the Center for Women’s Health). We are working together to provide input for the application for the renewal of the grant for the CCTS. The deans also discussed issues surrounding a global health initiative, as well as plans for inter-professional training and educational programs. We will continue those discussions this week at a strategic planning retreat for the deans of the Health Science colleges.

Members of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine met last week with Dr. Ron Hendrick, director and professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and some of his faculty to discuss potential collaborations, including wildlife and ecosystems research. Interdisciplinary collaborations may provide important solutions to ongoing issues in environmental sustainability.

State and National Issues

A group of DVM students have the unique opportunity to spend time at the CDC in December. I want to thank Dr. Tom Wittum for helping to arrange this opportunity with Dr. Kira Christian, who works in the Division of Global Disease Detection and Emergency Response. Our students will meet with veterinarians working at the CDC on a variety of public health issues and better understand potential opportunities at CDC and in public health.   While at CDC, we will also have additional meetings with CDC leaders responsible for chronic diseases, health and wellness, and the National Bio-surveillance system.

Planning is underway for the Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC), scheduled for February 23-26, 2012. Thanks to Dr. Ana Hill, faculty lecturer in the Department of Animal Sciences, I will have the opportunity to speak with about 200 to 300 pre-vet students at the meeting. The MVC continues to be the largest professional development event sponsored by a statewide Veterinary Medical Association in the country.

Alumni and Fundraising

College alumnus Dr. Liesa Stone (DVM 1983) represents our college on the Alumni Association's Alumni Advisory Council. We met recently to exchange ideas and discuss issues in the council. We really appreciate her work representing our college and our interests.

Dean Lonnie King