After earning his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972, Dr. Rings completed an internship and residency in food animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. He received a Master of Science there in 1975 and returned to Ohio State as an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He was promoted to associate professor in 1986 and professor in 1997. Dr. Rings is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine; board-certified in 1980.
His faculty career spanned more than three decades as a clinician, educator and scientist. He served as a co-investigator on several projects utilizing a gnotobiotic pig model. The quantity and quality of his research is impressive, spanning approximately 25 years and including approximately $2.3 million of external funding. His research interests and activities included basic and clinical studies, which led to more than 70 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Rings served as a mentor to many students, interns and residents, nine of whom he led as a clinical or research advisor. Four of these students are now faculty members at other colleges of veterinary medicine. He also served as the faculty advisor for student organizations, including Alpha Psi fraternity and the Student Chapter of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners. He is a national and international expert on medical diseases of farm animals - particularly small ruminants. This reputation is solidified by the 21 book chapters he has contributed to, and he’s highly sought after as a continuing education speaker.
Dr. Rings’ greatest passion and contributions have come as an educator, by teaching in the classroom, laboratories and clinics. Most students likely remember him for his teaching of food and farm animal medicine techniques during their third year and his clinical teaching in the food and farm animal rotation in their fourth year. His knowledge, patience and enthusiasm created a learning environment that was vital and comfortable for students, regardless of their level of experience or interest in livestock. His commitment to teaching is highlighted by two of the college’s most cherished and important teaching awards: the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1983 and the John Lyman Clinical Teaching Award in 2007.
Dr. Rings is well respected by veterinary practitioners and clients for his knowledge, skills and expertise in farm animals. He received the Large Animal Referral and Consultation Award from the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association in 1993 and was named the Outstanding Food Animal Speaker at the Western Veterinary Conference in 2008.