Veterinary student honored at Celebration of Service

from left, Colleen Shocking Dent and Sara DeWittOhio State College of Veterinary Medicine student Sara DeWitt was one of 11 students honored Thursday for her involvement in the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer fellowship program at the annual Celebration of Service held at the Ohio Union. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a national program honoring the great humanitarian, which provides a stipend for graduate students who commit to a year-long partnership with a non-profit agency to support under-served populations.

DeWitt, who just completed her second year of veterinary school, worked with Lifecare Alliance in support of their Senior Petcare Program, which includes access to the Ohio State Veterinary Outreach Program for clients with pets that need veterinary care. DeWitt recruited volunteers and organized community resources to supply food, exercise, medical care and transportation for these pets. She is an advocate for the pets that provide home-bound people with companionship.

The Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows for 2014-2015 were also introduced at the event, and include another student from the College of Veterinary Medicine: Colleen Shockling Dent, who will be a third year student during the program.

The Columbus-Athens Schweitzer fellowship program includes 11 colleges at Ohio State and two colleges at Ohio University, as well as other partners such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and OhioHealth. Fellows are responsible for designing and implementing a service project of at least 200 volunteer hours that will fulfill an unmet health need in the community. Once their service is complete, Fellows continue as members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network, which now includes more than 3,000 people and 12 chapters across the nation.

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. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest comprehensive animal hospitals in the world, with more than 33,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patient visits each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and research programs focus 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, it admits up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a 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.

 

Posted May 2, 2014