Alumni Society’s New Membership Model
We are excited to share with you the new membership model for The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. The Alumni Society’s Board of Trustees recently approved changes to its constitution that reflect an inclusive membership model. The move toward all-inclusive membership builds upon the recommendations brought forth by a dean-appointed College of Veterinary Medicine task force of veterinary alumni, with veterinary student and Ohio State Alumni Association representation. This important change will provide the opportunity for all veterinary alumni to enhance their relationship with the College of Veterinary Medicine and will better align us with the inclusive membership model recently implemented by The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
There are approximately 1,600 veterinary alumni who are dues-paying members, representing about 25 percent of the current alumni body. Society leaders agree that it is time to welcome all veterinary alumni into the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society family. The Alumni Society’s constitution defines members as those persons who are DVM, MS and PhD degree graduates of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Certain non-alumni may be entitled to honorary membership.
Throughout its history, the Alumni Society has depended on annual dues to fund its operations and programming. A move to College of Veterinary Medicine financial support will help the society broaden its engagement with alumni through new benefits and services. The proposed constitutional changes provide all college graduates basic level membership and annual membership dues will be discontinued. Alumni can become Sustaining Members and will be encouraged to renew their sustaining membership commitment each year through tax-deductible gifts of $50 or more to any fund of their choice within the College of Veterinary Medicine.
We hope you will embrace and view this new membership model as an opportunity to create a cohesive, committed and influential alumni body for The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Rob Brenneman, DVM, Past President, Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society
Liesa Stone, DVM, Chief Advancement Officer, College of Veterinary Medicine