BE THE MODEL STRATEGIC PLAN: Outreach and Community Engagement
Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the veterinary medical industry play a critical role in the state’s economy, according to “Economic and Social Impacts of Veterinary Medicine in Ohio,” a study commissioned by the college and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA).
The report points to $2.4 billion in direct contributions to Ohio’s economy and a $13 billion total contribution when supporting and animal-related industries are included. Direct veterinary service jobs account for more than 23,000 jobs statewide.
As Ohio’s only college offering DVM, PhD and MVPH programs in veterinary medicine, Ohio State makes a major impact on the state’s economic health. Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, dean of the college, and Liesa Stone, DVM, assistant dean for external relations and chief advancement officer, testified before the Ohio General Assembly and the House Agriculture Committee on separate occasions to stress the need for continued public investment. Additionally, veterinary students and more than 40 OVMA members supported this message in individual meetings with state legislators at a spring advocacy day sponsored by OVMA.
“When you include supporting and animal related industries, $13 billion is a significant contribution to our state’s economy,” says Moore. “Ohio State’s role in training the next generation of veterinarians and researchers is vital to supporting the agricultural industry and Ohio’s economy overall. And there is nothing like visiting legislators with some of our brightest students so that they can see firsthand how important it is to support the college.”
The numbers in the most recent economic report represent a significant increase from 2007, the last year a similar study was completed. Since the last study, Ohio veterinary services employment grew 15.5 percent and veterinary auxiliary industries’ employment by 22.2 percent—a considerable increase given that across Ohio, total employment decreased slightly from 2007 to 2015.
The College of Veterinary Medicine's Be the Model Strategic Plan outlines the college's ambition to Be the Model comprehensive college of veterinary medicine in the world. Sharing the economic impact the college, and the veterinary industry as a whole , has on Ohio's economy is one example of the college's goal to provide impactful outreach and community engagement opportunities. Learn more about the strategic plan and other advances at the college.