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Veterinary student and family survive fire

Vet community is asked for support

On Thursday, June 17, Shawna Abrams, a 4th year veterinary student, lost her home and everything in it to a fire. Fortunately, she, her husband, and their 6-month-old baby, David, are safe. However, they have no clothes, baby clothes, crib, etc. Dr. Jennifer Brandt, assistant director in the office of student affairs, is talking with Shawna to develop a list of additional needed items, and for now the most urgent need is for the following:

  • Size 3 diapers
  • Size 9-12 month baby clothes (boy)
  • Crib
  • Baby Bouncer
  • Baby toys
  • Scrubs (or T-shirts/sweats) for Shawna (size small or medium)
  • Scrubs (or T-shirts/sweats) for Shawna's husband (size XL)

All items (including monetary donations) can be dropped off at the Student Affairs office, 125 Veterinay Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Rd. (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.) Arrangements will be made to deliver the items/donations to Shawna. Donations of large furniture items such as couches and beds will need to wait until the couple finds out more about their living arrangements while their home is being rebuilt.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Brandt at or (614) 292-6963 or anyone in the student affairs team.

Posted: 6/18/10


About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health.   


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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 3:01pm