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About the College

A letter from Dean Rustin Moore

photo of dean rustin moore holding two dogs with words welcome to the college of veterinary medicine

It is my pleasure to welcome you to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. With an ambition to Be The Model® comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world, our program is focused on innovation, collaboration and excellence in education, research, patient care, outreach and service. 

Since 1885, the college has graduated almost 10,000 DVM, MS and PhD students. Our alumni practice in all 50 states and 40 countries. Within Ohio, our graduates make up more than 80 percent of the practicing veterinarians in the state. Encompassing four hospitals and a large animal practice, the Veterinary Health System provides care for more than 72,000 canine, feline, equine and farm animal patients each year. Researchers in the signature program areas of comparative and translational oncology, infectious disease and neuromusculoskeletal science are impacting not only veterinary medicine but human health care as well. 

A top-five program in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for the past decade, the college was ranked third among U.S. veterinary colleges and sixth in the world in the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings. The College of Veterinary Medicine also puts a strong emphasis on group photo of the students, faculty and staff who are members of the  Dr. J.H. Bias Black Affinity Groupproviding our students, faculty and staff with a healthy and inclusive environment where everyone, regardless of their backgrounds, experiences or attributes, feels welcome, comfortable, safe, respected, valued and is a place where all people can thrive.

The Be Well program is a comprehensive and integrated health and wellbeing initiative that incorporates evidence-based approaches, outcome assessments, and programming specific to academic and healthcare professionals and veterinary students. Since 2017, our college has been recognized as a Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award Winner for four consecutive years by Insights into Diversity magazine for our ongoing work to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. The College of Veterinary Medicine is also pleased to be home to the  Dr. J. H. Bias Black Affinity Group (pictured, right), named a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2020 Inspiring Affinity Group Award. The Dr. J.H. Bias Black Affinity Group is an all-inclusive affinity group formed to support black students during their veterinary studies and to honor the legacy of Dr. James H. Bias, the first African-American graduate of our college.

You can explore our site to learn more about what makes our program unique, including these highlights:

photo of students in clinical skills lab working on suturing skillsOur curriculum is focused on providing hands-on instruction from a student’s first day on campus through completing their clinical rotations. Students begin their education in the Veterinary Clinical and Professional Skills Center, a state-of-the-art education and assessment space. The center includes almost 9,000 square feet of educational space, including a large open lab, seven flexible skills labs and communications rooms, plus a devoted 3D printing space. Learn more about admissions to our program here

To address the need for confident and competent primary care veterinarians, the college has developed a curriculum focused on preparing students to be practice-ready veterinarians upon graduation. Students receive immersive hands-on training starting in their first year with clinical and communication skills training that continues throughout their education. In their fourth year, studeButton with words Click here to learn more about our NAVLE pass rate and accreditationnts will provide primary care in the Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic when it opens in June 2021. Visit here to learn more about our Building Preeminence in Veterinary General Practice Program. 

Ohio State’s diverse campus offers DVM students the opportunity to participate in comparative and translational research and clinical training as well as advanced opportunities in graduate business education. In addition to partnering with other health sciences schools, the College of Veterinary Medicine has collaborative relationships with other colleges across campus, including agriculture, business, engineering and social work. 

In addition to our DVM program, the college offers advanced training programs, including the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (MS and PhD), a specialization in Veterinary Public Health, provided through a unique partnership with the College of Public Health, specialty resident training and internship programs. 

Our research teams continue to explore solutions that benefit society and enhance the health and well-being of animals, people, and the ecosystem, learn more about our extensive research expertise here.  

Navigating the current COVID-19 challenge demands ingenuity, compassion, empathy and spirit. We must work together across communities, combine expertise and create new ways of thinking to deliver solutions — at an unprecedented scale. Learn how our college is responding here.  

The Veterinary Health System hphoto in veterinary exam room, faculty member in scrubs and a mask stands behind a plexiglass partition, a client sits on the other side of partition with remained open throughout the pandemic, providing veterinary care that preserves the human-animal bond and protects Ohio’s agricultural economy and food supply. Visit here for more information about our hospitals and services. 

As I begin my second term as dean of Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, I look forward with optimism to build upon the successes the college has achieved in the previous five years. Aligned with our Be The Model® strategic plan, the college supports the multifaceted fields of the veterinary profession. Our graduates play a vital role in maintaining the human-animal bond, protecting our agricultural economy, ensuring a safe and plentiful food supply, researching the latest advances in fighting infectious diseases like COVID-19, treating cancer in pets and humans, and protecting our ecosystems through our One Health approach to these and other mission areas and programs to advance the health of animals, people and the environment. 


Rustin M. Moore, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS
Ruth Stanton Chair
Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine
125D Veterinary Medicine Academic Building
1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210
614-688-8749 Asst | 614-292-2363 Office | 614-292-3544 Fax