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College of Veterinary Medicine Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

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. College of Veterinary Medicine students, faculty and staff have always been focused on creating a healthy and sustainable world for animals and people. This one health approach is even more essential during this rapidly changing crisis.  

These are just a few examples how our people are embracing the college’s ambition to Be The Model™ comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world while combatting this new challenge.

One health research plays a vital role in the identification and prevention of diseases like COVID-19. College of Veterinary Medicine laboratories are at work during the current pandemic. 

Learn more about how a new lab test clarifies the potential protective effects of COVID-19 antibodies and the recently published study that shows range of antibody levels based in part on disease severity here.

Read about the license agreement for a COVID-19 vaccine technology developed by College of Veterinary Medicine researchers here

DVM in mask shows student in mask contents of bag while another student in mask waits at a socially appropriate distanceFourth-year students prepare for clinical rotations

Fourth-year veterinary students now have their white coats in hand, ready to start hands-on clinical rotations in the Veterinary Medical Center on July 6. Read more here





As a virologist and immunologist, Linda Saif, MS, PhD, has spent four decades researching animal coronaviruses and their interspecies transmission. Following the new COVID-19 outbreak in December 2019 in China, she is providing expertise about this new coronavirus, vaccines and strategies to control its spread. Learn more.

Dr. Saif in the news: NaturePreventionJAVMA News, The Ohio State University Alumni Magazine  


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College uses 3D printing to conserve PPE resources
With 3D printers, it’s possible to print anything imaginable. Whether it’s a replica of a bone from a CT scan or even life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE). Learn how the college is using 3D printing to protect employees at the Veterinary Medical Center and conserve PPE for human use. Read more. 




As a virologist, Michael Oglesbee, DVM, PhD, has led a 25-year research program focused on host determinants of viral virulence that uses animal models to examine infection outcomes relevant to a broad spectrum of human and animal viral pathogens. As the Director of Ohio State's Infectious Diseases Institute, he is addressing the COVID-19 pandemic from multiple perspectives. Learn more. 

Dr. Oglesbee in the news: Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio State News  



black and white photo table top with laptop showing Carmen Canvas website, with ipad attached and a cat sitting nearbyAdapting teaching and learning in during COVID-19 pandemic
The Curriculum Re-Design Team was formed earlier this year to facilitate the College’s effort in defining what skills a graduate will need to succeed in all professional areas and identifying innovative ways for students to develop those skills. Two members of this team, Ramiro Toribio, a tenure track professor of Equine Internal Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Ryan Jennings, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, discuss how COVID-19 has forced an even deeper dive into evaluating what competencies students should have upon graduating in a post COVID-19 world and implementing new modalities to best deliver that curriculum.  Learn more.  




Jeanette O’Quin, DVM, MPH, is lending her expertise in animal shelter medicine, veterinary public health, disaster response and disease prevention to aid in efforts to combat COVID-19  and ensure pets are able to receive the care they need. Learn more.

Dr. O'Quinn in the news: BG Independent NewsMilwaukee Journal Sentinel




College participates in collaborative effort to sterilize testing swabs 
To continue efforts to reopen the State of Ohio, large scale testing for Sars-Cov 2 infected individuals is necessary. The College of Veterinary Medicine is part of a collaboration between the health science colleges and other groups across The Ohio State University helping to support this effort.  Learn more. 



Fourth year veterinary student Emily King is applying what she’s learned in the classroom to now research the COVID-19 virus during a summer research project. Her project is comparing specific genes between the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 with the coronavirus that caused the SARS outbreak of 2003. Learn more.