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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging


Read our May 2022 Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association publication to learn how the college is using diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to strengthen and position the veterinary profession for service, sustainability, excellence, and impact.

To best serve the needs of our community, our profession must embrace the broadest definition and fullest spectrum of diversity including age, ancestry, color, race, ethnicity, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, physical and mental abilities, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, parental, marital, or pregnancy status, religious or political beliefs, military or veteran status, and geographic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds, and challenges that have been overcome.

At Ohio State, we understand that diversity promotes a culture of inclusion that understands and appreciates the world beyond our own individual perspective. For the College of Veterinary Medicine, diversity is a fundamental component of excellence and, as such, is not optional, but rather is both necessary and desired.  

Our goal is to foster an environment for working, learning and serving where each member of our college can thrive both professionally and personally. We seek to create a space where each person (member of the college, prospective member, client, or visitor) feels welcome, comfortable, safe, respected, and valued.

Land Acknowledgement

A land acknowledgement recognizes and respects the relationship that exists between Indigenous peoples and their ancestral and contemporary territories. Additionally, a land acknowledgement provides opportunity to explore the current impact of colonization and systemic oppression on Indigenous peoples. Land acknowledgements do not exist in past tense or a historical context as colonialism is a current ongoing process.

The CVM Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging would like to acknowledge that the land The Ohio State University occupies is the ancestral and contemporary territory of the Shawnee, Potawatomi, Delaware, Miami, Peoria, Seneca, Wyandotte, Ojibwe and Cherokee peoples. Specifically, the university resides on land ceded in the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville and the forced removal of tribes through the Indian Removal Act of 1830. We want to honor the resiliency of these tribal nations and recognize the historical contexts that have and continue to affect the Indigenous peoples of this land.


For the seventh year in a row, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is a recipient of the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine, was honored with the American Association of Veterinary Medical College's (AAVMC) 2023