Outreach and Engagement

Programs for Veterinarians

Continuing Education

The Office of Continuing Education in the college has offered conventional continuing education courses since its first conference for veterinarians in 1926. Now, the office conducts approximately 30 to 35 on-site courses annually for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, breeders and owners. In addition to on-site courses, online continuing education became available in February 2009 thanks in part to a course development grant awarded by the university's Office of Continuing Education.

Partnerships with the State of Ohio and Community Organizations

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

The college has had a partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections for more than 60 years to assure Ohio's justice system that the livestock on correction facility farms - raised to provide meals to the inmates - will have high-quality management and veterinary care. In addition, dog handler training programs allow inmates to train dogs that will become service animals for disabled persons, and the SAFE Haven for Pets program provides temporary emergency foster care for pets owned by victims of domestic abuse.

Shelters and Zoos

A partnership with the Capital Area Humane Society allows senior veterinary students the opportunity to gain experience examining healthy dogs and cats, as well as performing spay and neuter procedures. Other partnerships include arrangements with the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Wilds, and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, among others.

Veterinary Outreach Program

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has partnered with LifeCare Alliance to provide wellness care for pets belonging to elderly or homebound residents in Franklin County. The program is under the direction of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members, Drs. Larry Hill and Linda Lord. Click here to learn more about the Veterinary Outreach Program 

Client Programs

Honoring the Bond

The Honoring the Bond program supports clients through the serious illness, injury, or death of a pet by providing consultation and grief education.

C.A.L.L. program

The Companion Animal Listening Line (CALL), a program designed to comfort pet owners during serious illness and loss of a family pet.

Programs for Younger Students

So You Want to Be a Vet

"So You Want to Be a Vet" is an engaging, interactive web site geared toward middle school students who are exploring career opportunities.

Breakfast of Science Champions

The Breakfast of Science Champions offers middle school students the opportunity to explore science, math and engineering at The Ohio State University during a special program designed especially for them. Students spend a morning on campus, where they meet faculty and graduate students from the sciences, mathematics and engineering while enjoying a continental breakfast. They can ask questions, and learn about career opportunities and attending college. Students then tour labs and participate in a variety of demonstrations.

Programs Run by DVM Students

Vets For Pets

The Vets For Pets 5k Walk and Run raised thousands of dollars to benefit a local animal shelter and veterinary students. Held each autumn, 2009 will mark the fourth consecutive year of the event.

Safe Summer

The Shelter Medicine Club's Safe Summer program offers solutions for college students who have pets they can longer care for when they leave Columbus for the summer or after graduation.

Josh Project

SCAVMA (Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association) students raise money for the Josh Project, which provides stuffed animals and a book to hospitalized children.

Global Outreach

Summer in Thailand

Dr. Nongnuch Inpanbutr, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, is a tireless advocate for expanding students' cultural horizons. For the past several summers, Dr. Inpanbutr has taken veterinary students to Thailand to study elephant health and behavior.

Greyhounds in Spain

Students had the opportunity to care for Spanish greyhounds (galgos) at the Scooby Animal Shelter in Medina del Campo, Spain, thanks to a partnership developed by Dr. C. Guillermo Couto, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

About the College of Veterinary Medicine

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is a national leader in the education of professional and postgraduate students, research in veterinary and comparative medicine, and outreach to the community. Ranked fifth in the nation among veterinary schools according to the 2008 U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools," the college 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 a comprehensive referral center for veterinary practitioners and is among the largest facilities of its kind in the world, with more than 30,000 large and small animal patients each year. In addition, the college operates a nationally recognized large animal ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio and a Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. More information about the College of Veterinary Medicine can be found at http://vet.osu.edu.