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Cassie Horvath receives 2014 Bayer Excellence in Communication Award

The Ohio State University
College of Veterinary Medicine is proud to announce that Cassie Horvath, a 4th year veterinary student, was
chosen by facultyCassie Horvath and staff as the winner of the 2014 Bayer Excellence in
Communication Award. Cassie will
receive a $2,500 scholarship, and will go on to compete at a national level,
where she has the chance to receive an additional $2,500. 

HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division launched the Bayer Excellence in
Communication Award to underscore the importance of communication in veterinary
medical practice. The award aims to identify and reward students who are
mastering effective communication skills that will help them to establish good
client relationships, encourage client adherance with medications and treatment
plans and demonstrate the full value of veterinary care visits.

The competition included submission of a filmed interview in a
clinical setting between the veterinary student and a client. Entries submitted
in each school were evaluated by a panel of faculty judges, who selected their
school’s winner. Cassie’s interview
received the highest rating out of 24 recordings submitted.

The Bayer Excellence in Communication Award is one facet of a larger initiative aimed at advancing the communication skills of the next generation of veterinarians. In 2001, Bayer HealthCare Animal Health partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Communication to establish the Bayer Communication Project. This collaborative partnership resulted in an extensive set of communication skills training modules offered to colleges of veterinary medicine for incorporation into their curriculum. Selected faculty from all U.S. veterinary colleges have been trained via the Bayer Communication Project "Train the Trainer" program.

The following staff and faculty in the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine have completed the Bayer Communication “Train the Trainer” project and acted as evaluators for the 2014 BECA award:

  • Dr. Christopher Adin
  • Dr. Susan Barrett
  • Dr. Jennifer Brandt
  • Dr. Julie Byron
  • Sue Chmura
  • Dr. Kat Ham
  • Dr. Michelle Harcha
  • Dr. Andrea Monnig
  • Joelle Nielsen

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. 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 program in Veterinary Public Health.


Posted February 28, 2014

Last updated: 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:01am