Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus and NASA Astronaut
Dr. Rick Linnehan (DVM 1985)
The College of Veterinary Medicine has long-term partnership
with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, which operates 10
farms in Ohio.
They raise and process their own animals to provide food to the 51,000 inmates
in 32 institutions across the state. “We are their veterinarians,” Explains Dr.
Fernando Silveira, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary
Preventive Medicine. “We act as consultants from conception to consumer –
breeding to processing. This program is also a huge benefit to our students,
In the early
1970s, the Feline Leukemia Virus was recognized as the most important fatal
disease affecting cats. During that same time at Ohio
State, the Retrovirus Research Program
was organizing in the College
of Veterinary Medicine
with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Special Cancer Virus
Research Program, which was part of a "war against cancer."
Researchers in the newly-formed program were the first to develop the