September 6, 2012

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

I hope you were able to join faculty, staff, and students from the college at the Welcome Back BBQ on August 23. This annual event welcomes us all to the new school year, and this year approximately 350 people attended. Thanks to Sandra Dawkins in Student Affairs for all her hard work in making this event happen!

Dr. Rustin Moore, Dr. Liesa Stone, and Dr. Jeff Lakritz and I recently travelled to Jackson, Ohio, as part of our due diligence on the proposal to create a sustainable rural veterinary practice there. The purpose was to meet with local practitioners and assess their views and needs. A satellite clinic would provide full-service preventive, production, routine, and emergency veterinary services for farm animals in under-served counties in Appalachian Ohio. A business plan has been completed with three different scenarios, and the Jackson Agricultural Research Station, an existing facility operated by OARDC, has been identified as a possible location for a satellite veterinary clinic. The facility would organizationally and operationally operate as a service unit under the Veterinary Medical Center. We continue to talk to several producers in the region to understand their needs and issues and to legislators and government officials. At this point, no decision or commitment has been made and we are still very much in an exploratory phase.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

The College of Veterinary Medicine is working with the Fisher College of Business to develop a business minor for DVM students. Students will take 12 credits at Fisher in courses that will help them develop the business and entrepreneurial skills they need as successful practitioners and potential owners of their own practices. The new business minor is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013. This program will be a first across the country.

I attended a meeting about Huntington National Bank's new partnership with Ohio State, which will provide banking benefits for Ohio State students, employees, and alumni. Huntington will also offer a special program for our DVM students. The partnership also offers university support in the form of philanthropy and community revitalization investment. The program for faculty and staff includes checking, loans, and wealth management services. Huntington plans to add more ATMs to campus, and we have requested one here.

Last week, we had a very productive meeting with OARDC at Wooster, Ohio. Dr. Pat Green and I met with faculty from our Food Animal Health Research Program.  This team, led by Dr. Mo Saif, is a superb group of scientists and researchers who are national leaders in enteric, respiratory, and immunosuppressive diseases; food safety; and emerging zoonoses. There is a great opportunity to engage with this group more effectively as the University Discovery Themes are rolled out. We also toured the new Biological Safety Level 3 facility at OARDC that is in the process of being commissioned. This facility will enable researchers to work on highly infectious pathogens and some select agents in the future.

Also during this trip, we met with Bryan Kinnamon, who serves as Director, Industry Liaison Office, for the CFAES. We discussed how his work could assist our college in identifying potential corporate partners. In addition, we met with Dr. Shauna Brummel, President and CEO of BioHio, which is an affiliate of Ohio State. This organization is working on establishing a research park in Wooster and is closely associated with the OARDC. We will be talking with her further about attracting research businesses that would be good partners with our college.

We attended the university convocation representing CVM. This event marks the opening of the academic year and is held at St. John's Arena. There are over 7,000 new freshmen attending OSU and they have the highest test scores of any class previously attending OSU. Almost 25% of new OSU students are from out-of-state and they come from all 50 states. Along with our own convocation ceremony for our Class of 2016, these events help to develop the pride, camaraderie and excitement of being at OSU and part of our CVM.

We welcome new and returning students back to campus and wish them the best this academic year.


Dean Lonnie King