Connect to Veterinary Medicine - May 2014

News at the College

Dr. Tom Wittum named 2014 Distinguished University ScholarDr. Tom Wittum

Dr. Wittum, professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, was recognized as a Distinguished University Scholar: a title given to six or fewer Ohio State faculty each year. University Interim President Joe Alutto, Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre, Assistant Vice President Jan Weisenberger and Dean Lonnie King were on hand during the surprise announcement. Read more about his accomplishment here. "Tom is so deserving of this important recognition," said Dr. Bill Saville, chair, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. "He is an asset to our department and demonstrates great leadership in all aspects of teaching and research." White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony celebrates student learning

Veterinary students celebrated the completion of their third year of classroom learning at the "White Coat Ceremony," a formal ceremony signifying their entry into the clinical portion of the DVM program, during which they receive their white lab coats. This event was held at the Ohio Union on April 27, 2014.

Annual Oath and Hooding Class of 2014

Oath and HoodingOn Saturday, May 3, the College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed 139 new veterinarians into their chosen field at the annual Oath and Hooding ceremony, held at Mershon Auditorium. Surrounded by friends and family, students received their scarlet and grey academic hood as a symbol of their degree. Read more about the annual oath and hooding here.

Two Distinguished Alumni honored at Oath and Hooding

Dr. Peter Nara (left) and Dr. Kerry Ketring (right)Each year, the college honors alumni who have excelled in the field of veterinary medicine. Nominations are considered by our deparments and voted on by the Honors and Awards Committee. This year the following Distinguished Alumni were recognized: Dr. Kerry L. Ketring, (DVM 1972, completed residency 1975) for his many contributions to Veterinary Ophthalmology and his dedication to the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Peter L. Nara (MS in Physiology and Pharmacology, 1979, DVM 1984, and PhD in 1986), co-founder, president and CEO of Biological Mimetics, Inc. for his success in basic and translational research as well as his entrepreneurial spirit.

Laboratory professionals support veterinary medicine all year long

The week of April 21-26, 2014 was National Laboratory Professionals Week. In the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, the professionals in our diagnostic labs provide critical test results that allow our expert veterinarians to recommend appropriate treatments for animals in our Veterinary Medical Center. Read the full story here.

"Cat Mastery" merges years of research with new technology

Dr. Tony BuffingtonThe launch of "Cat Mastery," an interactive book and course available through iTunes.U, demonstrates the value of new technology in teaching us new tricks about, well, cats. Dr. Tony Buffington has spent the past 30 years learning about cats, their nutritional needs, diseases, and their response to environmental enrichment. Click here to read more.

Expansion and Enhancement of the Veterinary Medical Center

Conceptual RenderingThe $30 million campaign to expand and enhance the Hospital for Companion Animals at the Veterinary Medical Center has raised about $8 million so far. Many people don't realize that a donation to the project can include the opportunity to name a designated space in honor of a friend, family member or beloved pet. Highlights of the new lobby space have been updated on the website. Please remember to contact our development office at 614-688-8433 if you have questions or are interested in supporting our campaign.

Alumni News

Send us your accomplishments

Alumni – please send your latest achievements to Melissa Weber, Director of Communications and Marketing at the college, weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu so we can put them in our future Connect to Vet Med newsletters.

Continuing Education

One-day Bite Prevention seminar, May 20

Chances are you or your staff has encountered more than one biting dog. How do you help your clients deal with an aggressive dog? What can you do to prevent injuries? Are there legal ramifications you should be aware of? The Ohio Veterinary Medical Association will answer these questions and more at its bite prevention seminar on Tuesday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar will be held at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Academic Building in the Wexner auditorium, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH.
For additional details on topics, speakers and registration, visit
Thanks to generous support from State Farm Insurance, the OVMA is able to offer reduced registration fees for this workshop.

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for 2014 OSU Alumni Golf Outing

The 2014 Annual Alumni Golf Outing will be held Monday, June 23, at The Ohio State University Golf Club Scarlet Course. Click here for registration and for more information.

Faculty, Staff, Students & Alumni - Register now for Pelotonia 2014

Registration is now 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. Again this year, the College of Veterinary Medicine has organized two teams of riders. The College of Veterinary Medicine Peloton includes faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. The Student College of Veterinary Medicine Peloton is for any current Ohio State veterinary student. Pelotonia will take place August 8-10, offering a three-day experience of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism.

Founded in 2008, Pelotonia has raised more than $62 million for cancer research. In partnership with Pelotonia's sponsors, 100 percent of every rider-raised dollar directly funds research at The Ohio State University. In 2013, the College of Veterinary Medicine Peloton raised $18,000, and its Student Peloton raised more than $20,000. Team captain Dr. Michelle Harcha encourages you to join the veterinary team! You may also register as a "Virtual Rider" for a minimum $10 donation. A Virtual Rider is an individual who is unable to participate as a rider or a volunteer, but would still like to help raise money. For more information and to register, go to Once registered, contact Dr. Harcha, michelle [dot] harcha [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu, with your rider ID and she will add you to the college team. To donate to the College of Veterinary Medicine Peloton, go to:

Save the Date: Reunion-Homecoming Weekend 2014

The 2014 Annual Reunion-Homecoming Weekend will be held October 17-19th. Click here for more information.

The Ohio State University Alumni Association Membership

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 then be a sustaining member of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society.

You can complete your OSUAA membership by making a gift online.

Just a few funds to consider:

  • Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion Fund - 314090
    To provide funds for the enhancement and expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center
  • Veterinary Medicine Students First - Students Now Scholarship Fund - 308457
    To support veterinary student scholarships
  • Veterinary Biosciences Support Fund - 301456
    For research discovery and for support of Veterinary Biosciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences Advancement Fund - 301106
    To support veterinary clinical sciences
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine Support Fund - 306355
    To support veterinary preventive medicine