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President’s Membership Letter 2021

Dear friends and colleagues,

I hope this letter finds you safe and well.  What an extraordinary year we have experienced!  In the midst of chaos and change, our profession has remained steady and strong. Practices are tremendously busy caring for our best companions and ensuring the safety of our food. Our colleagues in research and industry have become superheroes through important contributions in the study of COVID-19, the development of vaccines and the assurance of their safety.  

When The Ohio State University recommended the cessation of all in-person events in early 2020, the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society turned to virtual offerings to help keep our alumni engaged.  Virtual events not only help keep us all safe, but have the added benefit that alumni from almost anywhere in the world can participate!  While we missed seeing friends and colleagues at in-person Homecoming events in the fall, more alumni were able to join us virtually for our annual meeting.  I am hopeful that, as virtual technology becomes the norm, we can welcome new Society board members from all corners of the planet.

Even though your career may have taken you far from Columbus, there are so many opportunities to remain engaged with the college and get involved with the students.  Help review applicant files or conduct interviews with prospective students.  Be a negotiation coach through role-play with students preparing for their job searches.  Observe and score the students as they navigate their Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs).  Students deeply appreciate a good mentor, and because many of you enjoy that role, it’s a great way to offer your time and talents as alumni. Watch for new opportunities to mentor and stay involved in the coming months!  

Each year during Homecoming Weekend the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society honors alumni of the college who have contributed to the enhancement of the veterinary profession and/or provided support for the college or their communities.  Nominations must be submitted by July 1, 2021.  With so many of our colleagues doing exceptional work, this is the perfect time for you to think about a Buckeye of whom you are particularly proud.

Many of the challenges we have faced over the last year stem from feelings that we have lost the control we are used to having over all aspects of our lives.  A wise counselor advised me, “Do what you can.”  Each little bit of time that you set aside to do something for others makes a difference—in others’ lives as well as in your own.  If you would like to be more involved with the society in some way, please reach out to me, a member of the advancement team, or any board member you might know.  We can’t wait to hear from you, Buckeyes!

How firm thy friendship,

Sarah Hayslip, DVM

President, Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society