A supplemental line item directed to the College of Veterinary Medicine was included in Governor DeWine’s executive fiscal years (FY) 22-23 biennial budget for $4 million in FY22, with an additional $1 million added in FY23 for a total of $5 million in year two. The intent is this funding will continue at the same level annually. The supplemental line item was retained in both the House and Senate versions of the budget bill and were included in the version that was approved by the conference committee, which was then approved in the final budget by the House and Senate chambers, and was signed by the Governor earlier this month.
The college is grateful for everyone involved in helping secure this additional line item funding, and especially Governor DeWine and his administration as well as members of the House and Senate for recognizing the need and impact of investing in the future of Ohio’s only college of veterinary medicine.
College leadership and department chairs are working with faculty to create a prioritized list of additional faculty positions to help maintain and build excellence in our existing programs – rather than starting new ones – as a way to provide a more sustainable workload. Using these recommendations, the college will make final decisions about how we to invest the additional resources to advance our programs and support our people in alignment with our mission and the Be The Model™ strategic plan. This additional funding will help the college address three main areas, including hiring and retaining top talent; enhancing the impact of our work in our land-grant mission areas of education, research, service and outreach; and addressing and maintaining a more accessible and affordable veterinary medical education.