Veterinary Medical Center offers new benefit to Ohio State employees

For the first time, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) will offer faculty and staff a 10 percent discount on veterinary services. A valid Buck ID must be presented at the time of service in order to receive the discount. 

The VMC is a comprehensive specialty referral and emergency clinic with two locations: the Columbus hospital on campus at 601 Vernon Tharp St., and in Dublin, Ohio at 5020 Bradenton Ave. The Columbus facility includes three separate hospitals: the Hospital for Companion Animals, which treats dogs and cats; the Hospital for Farm Animals, which treats a variety of farm animal species from cows to alpacas; and the Galbreath Equine Center, which treats horses, and even includes a farrier for shoeing. The Dublin clinic treats dogs and cats.  

“We are really pleased to offer this discount to Ohio State faculty and staff,” said Karin Zuckerman, director of the VMC. “Many people are unaware of the breadth and depth of medicine available right here for their animals. We want faculty and staff to choose our hospital when their animal needs a referral, or has an emergency.”

More than 20 veterinary specialties are available on campus, which also houses diagnostic capabilities that are typically unavailable at smaller animal clinics. Specialists work with family veterinarians to provide treatment plans for complicated cases and injuries. With more than 33,000 animal patient visits last year, the VMC is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. It also houses the country’s largest veterinary Clinical Trials Office, which is supported by the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences in the Wexner Medical Center.

“Our hospital has been open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency cases for about the past four years,” added Zuckerman. “And our new facility in Dublin, Ohio is available 24/7 for emergencies as well.” 

The discount program is not available for Ohio State students. While that may be a possibility for the future, as of this time, the discount is only available for faculty and staff. 

The VMC is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine, which is ranked fifth in the nation among veterinary schools.