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Connect to Veterinary Medicine - July 2014

News at the College

University Board of Trustees approves first phase of VMC expansion

On June 6, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved the first phase of the Enhancement and Expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center. The board's approval will allow us to break ground in late summer, with an official groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for September 5. Phase one of the construction will include a newly-renovated Intensive Care Unit for the Hospital for Companion Animals and a free-standing addition to the existing hospital building that will incorporate faculty and staff offices, as well as conference spaces for meetings and teaching. A donation to the project can include the opportunity to name a designated space in honor of a friend, family member or beloved pet. Please contact our development office if you have questions or are interested in supporting our campaign, 614-688-8433. Read more here

Buckeye Vet Prep Academy 2014

Buckeye Vet PrepFifty-five high school students attended a week-long summer camp that educates students about careers in the  veterinary medical profession through seminars and hands-on activities at Ohio State. This is the second year of the camp, and students really appreciated the opportunities to learn more about the field. Read more here, or check out a brief video highlighting the camp created by two Ohio State undergraduate students who were participating in a communications internship: Buckeye Vet Prep Academy 2014

Latest from the Animal Behavior Program

Animal BehaviorThe Animal Behavior Program has released the spring edition of its Behavior Newsletter, which highlights various studies conducted by faculty and students. Our faculty and students have recently had animal behavioral research published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, and Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy. Check out the newsletter here.

Amy Pajcic, fourth-year veterinary student and an American Ninja Warrior

Amy PajcicAmy Pajcic, a fourth-year veterinary student at the college, recently competed in American Ninja Warrior. A fellow classmate introduced Amy to the agility-testing, reality TV show. Pajcic received an invitation to the American Ninja Warrior finals in Las Vegas, and she also qualified for the World Championship Obstacle Course Race, which is located near Cincinnati, OH. She is considering becoming a veterinarian for the Army, and if not she will likely work at a mixed animal practice. Read more.

Dr. Hoet teaching about One Health in Ethiopia

Armando HoetArmando Hoet, associate professor and director of Ohio State's Veterinary Public Health Program, is teaching in Gondar, Ethiopia. Dr. Hoet wrote in his blog that he would be teaching 25 to 30 faculty about International Trade and Public Health. You can follow his blog as he teaches in Ohio State/Ethiopia One Health Partnership program here

From our website

Buckeyes Hiring Buckeyes: Connecting alumni and students to build lasting partnerships

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine boasts an impressive network of alumni employed in all 50 states and around the world. Current students and recent graduates of the college are lucky to have a vast resource of mentors, role models, and potential employers from which to seek career guidance and professional advice. Read more about these lasting partnerships here.

Keep pets safe, happy and healthy!

Many people consider their dogs and cats members of their family. The Veterinary Medical Center website has a new feature, "Pet owner education," which offers a variety of helpful information to assist owners with protecting their animals preparing for emergencies. Click here to view different articles. And please let us know if there is other information we can provide! 

Alumni News

Recent alumna to study culture and zoonoses in Brazil

Melody Maxwell, DVM, has been named a 2014 David L. Boren Fellow. Funded by the Institute of International Education and the National Security Education Program, Boren Fellowships support graduate students who wish to study in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. She is one of the two Boren Scholars who were chosen from Ohio State this year. Read more here.

Bill Minton featured in Dispatch story

Bill Minton, DVM '85, was recently featured in The Columbus Dispatch, Viral pig epidemic has farmers, veterinarians and officials scrambling. 'The disease, called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, has wiped out an estimated 10 percent of the U.S. pig population."

Send us your accomplishments

Alumni - please send your latest achievements to Melissa Weber, Director of Communications and Marketing, so we can put them in future Connect to Veterinary Medicine newsletters.

Upcoming Events

Pelotonia 2014—Early registration ends July 8

Registration is open for Pelotonia 2014, Ohio State's annual bike ride to raise money in support of cancer research at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Go to for more information, to register, or to support the veterinary student or college pelotons. Once registered, contact Dr. Harcha, with your rider ID and she will add you to the college team. To donate to the College of Veterinary Medicine Peloton, go to:

Reunion-Homecoming Weekend 2014 – Registration now open

The 2014 Annual Reunion-Homecoming Weekend will be held October 17-19th. Click here for more information. Football tickets for the Ohio State vs. Rutgers game to be played on October 18 at 3:30 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be a member of the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and the Ohio State Alumni Association to purchase tickets. Membership information is below.

Ohio State Alumni  Memberships

You can become a sustaining member of the Ohio State Alumni Association with an annual gift of $75 or more. Some or all of these funds can be directed to support the College of Veterinary Medicine, or the area of your choice. If at least $50 is directed towards a college fund, you will also be a sustaining member of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. More information about fundraising priorities, including the VMC Enhancement and Expansion project are available here.

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