Student Resources

For prospective, new and current students in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, this page serves as a central resource hub, offering valuable information to guide you throughout each phase of your MS or PhD journey and beyond.  Learn more about courses, registration and fees, deadlines, benefit information and other useful items. 

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The program handbook contains useful information to successfully complete your degree. 

Review the handbook

Refer to the Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program handbook for requirements specific to your program. Students must meet the following curricular requirements:

  • MS - 30 total credit hours; PhD - 80 total credit hours
  • 20 of those credit hours must be graded (A-E)
  • Must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average
  • 2 credit hours of graduate-level statistics, must be completed with a grade of B or better
  • 1 credit hour of graduate-level Research Ethics completed with a grade of B or better; OR completion of the online CITI Basic Human Research Course (for students matriculating in Autumn Semester 2017 or later)
  • VETPREV 8891-Graduate Student Seminar - students must register for this class each Autumn and Spring Semester
  • The remainder of your curriculum is decided upon by you and your advisor

You must register for classes each term before the Fee Payment Deadline. Deadlines for each semester can be found at the Registrar's website.

You register using BuckeyeLink. You can find a complete guide to scheduling your courses here and useful tips from the Graduate School here.

Account Holds
Always check the right side of your Student Center before you attempt to register for classes. If you have a "Hold" or incomplete To-Do List items the system will prevent you from registering. The most common hold is for the Financial Responsibility Statement. This must be completed each term. Other types of holds can include fines, such as parking or library fines.

Dropping a Class
If you need to drop a class, it is best to do so before the published deadline for dropping classes electronically - utilizing your Student Center. If you are adjusting your schedule and need to both add and drop classes, always add the new classes before dropping any current classes. If you are making adjustments to your schedule using your Student Center, there is a period of about 3 weeks each term during which you can drop a class, but not add a class (usually around weeks 2-4). This can cause problems with your fee authorization if you receive one. If you drop a class during this time and it takes you below the minimum number of hours you need to receive your fee authorization, then you will not be able to add in the new class and your fee authorization will be removed from your account.

Adding a Class
You may add classes using your Student Center until the end of the first week of classes. During the 2nd week of classes, you will need to use a Course Enrollment Permission Form to add a class. After the 2nd week of classes, you will have to petition the Graduate School to add a class, using GradForms.

Undergraduate and Audited Classes

Graduate students do not receive credit toward their graduate degree for courses that are designated for undergraduates. Undergraduate courses are numbered 5999 and below. 5000 level courses can be either graduate or undergraduate and will be designated as such. Students will not receive graduate credit for a CVM course numbered below 5000. 6000-level and above are graduate only. When searching for classes, be sure to select "Graduate" from the drop-down menu for "Course Career" as shown in the image on the right.

If you choose to audit a class, you will not receive credit for it and no grade will be assigned. However it will still be included in the credit hours for that term for tuition purposes.

It is recommended that you review your Advising Report on a regular basis. You may access your Advising Report in your Student Center in Buckeyelink. Below is a graphic that "decodes" the information shown at the bottom of each term on the report.

sample of advising report

Be Well is The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s comprehensive and integrated health and well-being initiative for students, staff and faculty. In alignment with our Be The Model® strategic plan, and in partnership with Ohio State’s Buckeye Wellness team, the program incorporates evidence-based approaches, outcome assessments, and programming specific to academic and healthcare professionals and veterinary students.

Students must register for VETPREV 8891-Graduate Student Seminar each Autumn and Spring Semester. 

Spring Semester 2023
Mondays, 8-8:50 a.m.

January 9
Course Introduction
Drs. Kisseberth, Hale, Sharma

January 16
MLK Day - No class

January 23
Tsian Zhang, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, Veterinary Biosciences

January 30
Joshua Tu, MS Student | Advisor: Dr. Amanda Panfil, Veterinary Biosciences
Kush Yadav, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Scott Kenney, Center for Food Animal Health

February 6
Dillon McBride, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Andrew Bowman, Veterinary Preventive Medicine

February 13
Yuexiu Zhang, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Jianrong Li, Veterinary Biosciences

February 20
Jiayu Xu, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Jianrong Li, Veterinary Biosciences

February 27
Caitlin Moreno, MS Student | Advisor: Dr. Sushmitha Durgam, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Samantha Locke, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Greg Habing, Veterinary Preventive Medicine

March 6
Brittany Fischer, PhD Student | Advisor: Drs. Mark Flint & Thomas Wittum, Veterinary Preventive Medicine

March 13
Spring Break - No class

March 20
Melissa Leonard, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Ken Oestreich, Microbial Immunity & Immunology
Mackenzie Long, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Robert Baiocchi, Comprehensive Cancer Center

March 27
Marisa Joldrichsen, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Prosper Boyaka, Veterinary Biosciences

April 3
Erin Pinnell, MS Student | Advisor: Dr. Teresa Burns, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
DaZané Cole, MS Student | Advisor: Dr. Risa Pesapane, Veterinary Preventive Medicine

April 10
Joanna Finstad, MS Student | Advisor: Dr. Edward Cooper, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Sarah Linn, PhD Student | Advisor: Drs. John David Spencer and Sheryl Justice, Nationwide Children's Hospital

April 17
Josie Dornbusch, MS Student | Advisor: Dr. Laura Selmic, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Katelyn Brusach, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Jessica Quimby, Veterinary Clinical Sciences

April 24
Rory Chien, PhD Student | Advisor: Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, Veterinary Biosciences