Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Friends,
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you and our beloved College of Veterinary Medicine. It has been my honor to have been named as dean one year ago and my privilege to further the missions of our college. Please join me for a moment to pause and celebrate our amazing accomplishments that we have worked for and built in the past year. The college has made history, reached milestones, and we are well on our way to being recognized as the nation’s best veterinary college.
Below is a modest sampling of some of our highlights from September 1, 2015 through August 31, 2016. The success we have today is an amalgamation of the dedication, hard work, sacrifice, and vision of our predecessors and our current faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors. A year ago I noted that with everyone pulling together in the same direction in a unified manner, we could achieve whatever we collectively pursue. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to help us pull together in the same direction to achieve our goals.
- Dean Rustin Moore
Research Grants and Dollars
During the last year, 43 extramural grants were funded with 26 different faculty principal investigators across our three academic departments, VBS, VCS and VPM. These grants included federal (13), foundation (14), industry (11), state (1), and subcontracts (4). Research expenditures during this time were $9,672,689 compared with $8,931,261 the previous year. We anticipate with the hiring of additional research intensive faculty, including the Discovery Themes Initiative faculty, and with investments in our college’s signature programs that the research enterprise will continue to grow.
We have announced the establishment of two college Signature Programs: Comparative and Translational Oncology and Infectious Diseases. These signature programs are areas of strength and/or opportunities for our college where we will focus investment of resources to make a difference and have an impact on animal and human health. We have also invested a modest amount in Neuromusculoskeletal/Regenerative and Sports Medicine, an emerging program, to assist them in advancing this important research and clinical program.
Discovery Themes Initiative Faculty
We have hired or are in the process of hiring six Discovery Themes Initiative faculty positions in the Emerging Infectious Diseases program on the Columbus campus and two faculty positions on our Wooster campus in partnership with other colleges.
We formally initiated a college-wide Diversity & Inclusion Committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students. The committee has just launched college-wide programming to further a community of inclusion and begin work to develop a Diversity Council comprised of both external and internal members who will provide input regarding inclusive diversity and best practices. We have also required that all people associated with the student admissions/recruitment process as well as all faculty search committees undergo implicit bias and diversity training.
Please join me in congratulating our Class of 2016 on their successful completion of a rigorous program and for passing the torch to the Class of 2017. The Class of 2016 had a 98% NAVLE pass rate (above the national average) and scored above the national average on all but one of the many categories or disciplines. Over 95% of the class were employed and graduates reported having multiple job offers, both of which were increased compared to data from previous years taken at the same time point post-graduation.”
Our class of 2020 began their academic journey just a couple of weeks ago and have already made history as our most diverse class ever. The average GPA is 3.66 and they hail from over 27 states and over 85 high-quality academic institutions from across the country. Their outstanding academic reputations and passion for the field of veterinary medicine will certainly enrich our legacy of excellence in service, research, patient care, and outreach. The college is committed to ensuring our students’ total health needs, including mental health, are being met. Students in need can meet with an embedded onsite counselor within hours of scheduling an appointment. We have recently invested in a second full-time social worker/counselor to help institute preventive and early intervention, as well as paying for a percentage effort of a psychiatrist through the OSU College of Medicine so that our veterinary students can seek and access mental health care.
Student, Faculty, and Staff Engagement and Staff Development
Over the past year, our college’s Human Resources Team has initiated a number of events designed to connect our students, faculty, and staff in informal gatherings to allow us to get to know each other outside of our formal work space. These have included a CVM Olympics (complete with Dunk Tank competition between Dean Moore and Dr. Wilkie to support two college scholarship funds), a more fun than scary Halloween Party, a cookie decorating and snowflake making Holiday Party, Mardi Gras cake and beads, and several others.The HR team has also established individual, career, and manager training development sessions and programs to enhance the personal and team effectiveness of our outstanding staff as well as to help our employees further their own careers.
Phase two of the VMC Enhancement and Expansion project is underway, and will include a new and enlarged client and patient reception and lobby with additional exam rooms and a new farm animal reception and lobby area and an associated learning conference room. This phase will be completed this autumn, followed by phases three, which includes state-of-the-art small animal clinical and surgical spaces.
We recently completed a technology upgrade and replacement of seating in the Goss Lab Auditorium by putting in new scarlet and gray seats and new instructional technology. In addition, we have installed an upgraded linear accelerator and gamma camera to enhance our radiation oncology and nuclear scintigraphy capabilities, respectfully. We have upgraded our linear accelerator, which enables us to provide enhanced radiation therapy for our small and large animal cancer patients. We are in the process of upgrading our computed tomography (CT Scan) unit from an 8-slice to a 128-slice unit, which will provide state-of-the art CT imaging capabilities for our small and large animal patients.
Through collaboration with our Advancement Team, the college reached our $75 million goal for the But for Ohio State Capital Campaign in late 2015, and we have now have exceeded $134 million. Our fundraising for the Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion project (currently near $24 million) is going well and the project is on target to be compmleted in the fall of 2017. Through gifts and pledges, we have more than doubled our college endowment by adding over $35 million to our college endowment. This increase in endowment includes gifts or pledges of over $7 million for endowed faculty positions (three chairs and one professorship), $2.5 million for scholarships, and $26 million for programmatic support.
The pet-food company, The Blue Buffalo Company, awarded a $6 million gift to support the Veterinary Clinical Trials Office at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Their impactful endowed gift will help sustain and grow our Clinical Trials Office, now named the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office, in perpetuity. This will enhance our ability to conduct more clinical trials that benefit patients and their clients and provide new knowledge that will enhance animal and human health.
College Appoints Seven Faculty into Endowed Professorships and Chairs
- The Trueman Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery – Dr. James Belknap – Professor
- The Frank Stanton Endowed Chair in General Practice and Canine Health and Wellness – Dr. Larry Hill – Professor-Clinical
- The Robert H. Rainier Endowed Chair in Industrial Veterinary Medicine and Research – Dr. Patrick Green – Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies & Professor
- The Bud and Marilyn Jenne Designated Professorship in Equine Clinical Professorship in Equine Clinical Sciences and Research – Dr. Margaret Mudge – Associate Professor – Clinical
- The Vernon L. Tharp Professorship in Food Animal Medicine – Dr. Jeff Lakritz – Professor
- The Stanton Youngberg Professorship of Veterinary Medicine – Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa – Professor
- The Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor – Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes – Professor
We will continue our fundraising efforts to increase our endowments as we also must continue to seek additional state support for our college and programs since on a per student basis we receive near the lowest amount of state funding of all 30 veterinary medical colleges, and the lowest of the top ten colleges of veterinary medicine. We currently receive less than $20,000 per student whereas the average/median and range for the top ten colleges of veterinary medicine includes $40-44,000/$19,500 to $56,000, respectively.
Professor Patrick L. Green and Professor Lawrence N. Hill have been formally installed as the Robert H. Rainier Endowed Chair in Industrial Veterinary Medicine and Research and the Frank Stanton Endowed Chair in General Practice and Canine Health and Wellness, respectively. President Michael V. Drake, Provost Bruce McPheron, Dean Rustin Moore, Dr. Robert H. Rainier and Dr. Elizabeth Allison, Co-Director of the Stanton Foundation, delivered remarks at a special ceremony to acknowledge this historical milestone for the college.