Incoming Class

Dear Class of 2019:

Welcome to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University. We are delighted you have chosen to become a Buckeye. We are looking forward to you being on campus and continuing your journey to become a veterinarian. You are the best of the best, and we wish you well on this path.

To help you with your transition into veterinary school, we have a few programs in place. The first program is new student orientation, which is mandatory. Tentative dates for new student orientations will be August 20 and 21.  This event is an opportunity for you to get to know your classmates and become familiar with our college. All students are required to attend.

The second program is the "Big Sib" program. Every first year student will be matched up with a second year student that will serve as your "Big Sib." Your "Big Sib" will help guide you through the ups and downs of veterinary school and help you transition into this new phase of your life.

You will be receiving more detailed information about New Student Orientation as well as the "Big Sib" program in the near future. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (614) 292-1171 or e-mail students [at] vet [dot] osu [dot] edu.

Again, Congratulations on being accepted to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Welcome to the Buckeye State!


Please submit a "FINAL" transcripts to the Office of Professional Admissions by June 1st.  

Office of Professional Admissions
The Ohio State University
P. O. Box 182003
Columbus, OH 43218-2003

Admissions Presentation given by the Associate Dean during interviews.

Financial Aid Presentation given by the Financial Aid Counselor during interviews.

1st Year Student Resource Guide 

Family Handbook

Background Check 

A new policy has been put into place by the University that requires all students working with minor students must submit and complete a background check.  As a veterinary student, there will be a variety of activities and events throughout the year that will require you to work with minor students. 

Please note:  This is not for admission or licensure purposes.  This will not impact your admissions status

The College of Veterinary Medicine will cover the cost.  However, it must be completed through the Ohio State University Background Check Services (in person).  The deadline is September 1, 2015

You will need the consent form and for payment select eRequest/Bill Department. 

 If possible, I strongly recommend you complete the background check before classes begin on Tuesday, August 25. 

 The College of Veterinary Medicine will cover the cost.  However, it must be completed through the Ohio State University Background Check Services (in person).  The deadline is September 1, 2015.  


Student Health Insurance

Students who are enrolled at least half time (4 eligible credit hours for graduate and professional students) and are attending any campus of The Ohio State University are eligible for coverage, as are their dependents.

For more information about student health insurance, please contact:

Student Health Insurance
1100 Lincoln Tower
1800 Cannon Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 688-7979
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday-Friday
shi_info [at] osu [dot] edu

Technical Standards

You will receive an electronic copy of the techncial standards form to sign by July 1st.  Please feel free to reveiw the form below.  

College of Veterinary Medicine Technical Standards


The Office of Educational Design and Systems will register your first semester classes for you during the Summer. After your first quarter, you are responsible for registering for classes. You will be notified by e-mail about upcoming registration dates and deadlines.

Activate OSU E-mail account

It is very important to activate your OSU e-mail account as soon as possible so that we can communicate with you. For information, about activating your e-mail account click active account.

If you have problems activating your email address, contact 8help [at] osu [dot] edu (8help [at] osu [dot] edu) or (614) 688-4357.

Financial Aid

To speak to a financial aid advisor, please call (614) 247-8778.

Click link below for more information about financial aid:

Financial Aid Awards will not be available until mid to late June after the class is seated. Please make sure you have completed the FAFSA at if you have not already done so. All VME students will be awarded up to the total cost of attendance if all federal requirements are met. If you have any questions concerning your financial aid, please contact Kelsey Conklin [dot] 97 [at] osu [dot] edu.

You will be able to access your financial aid in late June by using your OSU Internet Username and Password, and logging into "My Student Center" at Under "Finances" click on "View Financial Aid". Select the Aid Year 2013. Click on "Award Summary". If you were awarded loans, you will also need to click on the "To Do" tab in order to complete promissory notes and other needed items.

Please see the demonstrations concerning your financial aid by clicking on the following link:

Please note: The Federal Grad/Plus loan is the only loan that you CANNOT accept on line at your Student Center. You will need to go to and click on "grad/plus" loan tab. Complete the form and email it to your financial aid contact at conklin [dot] 97 [at] osu [dot] edu, or you can fax it to 614-292-6989, attention: Kelsey Conklin.

Under the "Finance" section is also a box with a drop down arrow. Go to "Account Refund" for instructions on setting up Direct Deposit. Under the "Finance" section, you will also find links to selecting or waiving "Student Health Insurance."

If you applied for financial aid and did not receive an award by July 1, 2015, or if you have any other questions concerning your financial aid award, please email your financial aid contact, Kelsey Conklin, at conklin [dot] 97 [at] osu [dot] edu, immediately!

The Office of Student Financial Aid welcomes you to The Ohio State University!

Housing Information

For information on housing, click the links below:

Recommended apartments/condos by current veterinary students

Fisher Commons is primarily for MBA students, however, they do open it up to other professional students. For more information, call 614-487-9008 or email fishercommons [at] eshmc [dot] com, 900 Nettler Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221. Fisher Commons is located minutes from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Off Campus Student Services is also available to assist you with your search. Services include online housing search, information regarding finding off-campus housing, resources for moving into your new apartment or house, resource information for living off-campus, etc. Please feel free to contact Off-Campus Student Services at (614) 292-0100, website e-mail at OCSS [at] studentlife [dot] osu [dot] edu.


The Center for Disease Control recommends that individuals participating in a medical or veterinary health care setting receive specific vaccinations. At the Ohio State University, all veterinary students are required to have their vaccination records on file with the Student Health Center. Please complete the Immunization Record form listed below.

***It is not mandatory to complete the Immunization Record Form. The rabies vaccine series is to be completed by the end of your first year.

The PPD, a current tetanus/diphtheria are to be updated by the end of fall semester. We should be able to provide the pre-exposure vaccine on schedule in the Spring.

Please submit the completed forms to:

Immunization and Health Screen
OSU Student Health Services
1875 Millikin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210-2200

Questions about immunizations, should be directed to:

Preventive Medicine Program Coordinator
The Ohio State University
Wilce Student Health Center - Room 264
1875 Millikin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210-2200
Phone: (614) 247-2387
Fax: (614) 292-6001
smbaker [at] studentlife [dot] osu [dot] edu

To schedule appointments:
(614) 292-4321

General questions, etc for student or anyone:
preventivemedicine [at] studentlife [dot] osu [dot] edu

For rabies vaccination students have gone to Kroger's in Dublin, Ohio - 7100 Hospital Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43014 (614) 339-0467

Required: Adult Tetanus/Diphtheria, Rabies vaccine, Rabies Titers, Tuberculin Skin Test.

For detailed information and cost, click here

Optional: Measles (Rubeola) vaccine, mumps vaccine, rubella vaccine, varicella (chicken pox), Hep B vaccine.

Please note: Vaccinations can be arranged through OSU Student Health Services for a fee. Please call (614) 292-0145 for questions.

Also check with your insurance carrier for coverage.

The Ohio Veterinary Educational Supply Service (OVESS)

OVESS proudly serves the book and supply needs of the student, faculty, and staff of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. OVESS was created by the Student Chapter of the AVMA to provide a way for students to purchase veterinary textbooks, equipments, and instruments at a discounted cost. Located in room 0010 of the Veterinary Medical Center, OVESS is an independently student operated business.

Ohio Veterinary Education Supply Service
601 Vernon L. Tharp Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-1388
ovess [at] osu [dot] edu (email)


Helpful Websites

Important Dates

New Student Orientation

  • August 20-21
  • The dates are tentative. Please check website for update or changes.

Classes begin - Tuesday, August 25 at 8:00 a.m. in Dunlap Auditorium

OSU Academic Calendar (University Calendar)


For questions about residency, click residency. You can also contact University Registrar at (614) 292-0300 or 1 (800) 678-6440. Also check out their website at

To gain residency a student must be living in Ohio prior to the first day of Fall term, August 26th.

 For more information call the Student Services Center at (614) 292-0300 or go to, under "Quick Links" select residency.

Ohio & Columbus Information

Student Organizations

Click link for a list of student organizations: