Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center welcomes new director

Karin ZuckermanKarin Zuckerman, former Chief Executive Officer of Easter Seals of Central and Southeast Ohio, brings extensive experience working in academic healthcare and non-profit organizations to the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) as the new director, beginning Monday, April 11.

"This is a thrilling opportunity," said Karin. "I am looking forward to spending time in every area (of the Veterinary Medical Center). I want to understand what's going well and what opportunities exist for improvements for our staff, our clients, and our referring veterinarians. We want to continue to be the referral center of choice for veterinarians, the people of Ohio, and animal owners in nearby states seeking the expertise that only Ohio State can offer."

Karin is the first woman to direct the Veterinary Medical Center. She follows Interim Director Dr. Rustin Moore, associate dean for clinical and outreach programs, who has held the position since former Director Dr. Grant Frazer returned to his home in Australia last year, after nearly 20 years at the college.

"Karin brings a unique perspective in strategic management during a time of growth and opportunity," said Dr. Moore. "Recent renovations and expansion of services and equipment in the Veterinary Medical Center, as well as the availability of 24-hour emergency care, offers opportunities for revenue enhancement. Karin has experience in engaging the community to raise awareness and enhance the image and effectiveness of organizations."

In addition, the College of Veterinary Medicine is organizing leadership for a multi-million dollar fundraising effort as part of the University’s $2.5 billion capital campaign. "Karin's experience working with non-profit organizations gives her an in-depth understanding of raising funds to support programs and people," added Dr. Moore.

"We want to make sure we are focused on creating the best environment and facility for patient care, teaching, and research discovery that creates a healthier world for animals and the people who care for them," said Karin.

Karin served Easter Seals as CEO for the past 13 years. Prior to that she worked at Nationwide Children's Hospital in patient unit management, and as the director of emergency services. She holds a Bachelor's degree from DePauw University, and received a Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan. Her health care administration career began with a fellowship at The Ohio State University Hospitals and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

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About the College of Veterinary Medicine

Established in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has led the veterinary profession for 125 years, offering cutting-edge expertise in animal care, research, teaching and community involvement. The Veterinary Medical Center serves 35,000 animal patients per year. Leadership in animal care includes expertise in all specialty areas, cutting edge diagnostic capabilities - many in partnership with The Ohio State University Medical Center – and clinical trials that provide our patients with the latest treatments available. Many of our veterinarians hold joint appointments in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital. Known for advancements in total hip replacement in canines and the first feline leukemia vaccine, current research efforts include the Center for Retrovirus Research, the Comparative Pathology and Mouse Phenotyping Shared Service, the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, as well as participation in Ohio State's interdisciplinary Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases program. International partnerships include a recently signed memorandum of understanding with the International Livestock Research Institute (www.ilri.org). We admit up to 160 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine with nearly 100 master's and Ph.D students. Currently, 55 students are enrolled in our unique Master's degree in Veterinary Public Health, a partnership with the College of Public Health. The college also boasts a five-veterinarian ambulatory practice in Marysville and offers all senior students a two-week rotation in large animal medicine. A unique partnership with the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) includes a resident in shelter medicine housed at the CAHS facility.

"Ohio State is the only veterinary school in the country on a campus with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges," said Lonnie J. King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine. "We are proud to be recognized among the top in the nation, and plan to continue to provide leadership in the field as we strive to ensure a healthier world."

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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.