A message from the dean

As I continue my second term as dean of Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, I look forward with optimism to build upon the successes the college has achieved in the previous five years. Aligned with our Be The Model® strategic plan, the college supports the multifaceted fields of the veterinary profession. Our graduates play a vital role in maintaining the human-animal bond, protecting our agricultural economy, ensuring a safe and plentiful food supply, researching the latest advances in fighting infectious diseases like COVID-19, treating cancer in pets and humans, and protecting our ecosystems through our One Health approach to these and other mission areas and programs to advance the health of animals, people and the environment.

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Rustin M. Moore, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS 
Dean Ruth Stanton Chair Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Dean Rustin Moore inside Veterinary Medicine Academic Building

Preparing the next generation of veterinarians for personal and professional success

The college is advancing education and student success through a new outcomes-based curriculum that focuses on graduating competent and confident veterinarians who are prepared for broad career paths.

In 2019, we began a comprehensive curricular redesign using the Competency-Based Veterinary Education framework, part of a critical paradigm shift in veterinary medicine. Our ‘Preparing for Excellence in Veterinary General Practice’ program has been at the forefront of this new educational approach, including clinical assessment changes such as entrustable professional activities and longitudinal tracking of student performance.

We’ve shifted away from students receiving most of their clinical training through observation of specialty care for complex cases to a more balanced approach by providing hands-on learning across a spectrum of care considerations. This provides students experience with technological advances and higher cost options in specialty rotations as well as a range of care options that can be provided in first opinion practices which are aligned with cost expectations of a diverse client population. This prepares career-ready veterinarians to provide high-quality, affordable care for the broadest range of clients and animals while maintaining sustainable business practices.

In addition to our DVM program, the college offers advanced training programs, including the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (MS and PhD), a specialization in Veterinary Public Health, provided through a unique partnership with the College of Public Health, specialty resident training and internship programs.


DVM, MS, MPH, PhD alumni


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Veterinary science has been a part of Ohio State’s long history since the university’s founding as Ohio A&M. University trustees recognized the enormous proportion of the state's wealth was invested in livestock and sensed the need for its adequate protection from contagious diseases, petitioned the legislature for the establishment of a veterinary college.

As the nation’s third veterinary college, the early curriculum focused on support the state’s agricultural economy, concentrated on the horse as the nation’s chief mode of transportation off the farm and as the mighty tiller of soil on it. Since then, the curriculum has evolved to support not only farms, but the beloved pets that provide companionship and support. 

Impactful research to improve the health of people and animals

Collaboration across the university and beyond is a core tenet of our research program, and a key strategy for our One Health and comparative and translational biomedical approach to creating a healthy and sustainable world for animals, people and the environment. We’re addressing grand challenges such as transboundary, (re)emerging, and zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and others. Researchers in the signature program areas of comparative and translational oncology, infectious disease and neuromusculoskeletal science are impacting not only veterinary medicine but human health care as well.

Haichang Li Lab in VBS Research

Innovative care to protect the human and animal bond

The college’s clinical veterinary services provide care that preserves the human-animal bond and protects Ohio’s agricultural economy and food supply. The Veterinary Health System encompasses a companion animal primary care practice and two specialty care hospitals, a hospital for farm animals, equine center and farm and equine field services.  In the last year, the health system treated over 80,000 canine, feline, equine, and farm animal patients in our hospitals and on farms across Ohio

marley the dog sniffing a registered veterinary technician in the veterinary medical center

Commitment to well-being and DEIB

The Be Well program is a comprehensive and integrated health and wellbeing initiative that incorporates evidence-based approaches, outcome assessments, and programming specific to academic and healthcare professionals and veterinary students. Since 2017, our college has been recognized as a Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award Winner for four consecutive years by Insights into Diversity magazine for our ongoing work to foster a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. The College of Veterinary Medicine is also pleased to be home to the  Dr. J. H. Bias Black Affinity Group (pictured, right), named a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2020 Inspiring Affinity Group Award. The Dr. J.H. Bias Black Affinity Group is an all-inclusive affinity group formed to support black students during their veterinary studies and to honor the legacy of Dr. James H. Bias, the first African-American graduate of our college.

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