Dr. Kathleen Smith received her DVM degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. She was employed in private practice as a laboratory animal veterinarian for Case Western Reserve University before starting her own practice in Groveport, Ohio in 1985. In 1987, she became health commissioner for the Pickaway County Health Department, and in 1988 she became the state public health administrator for the Ohio Department of Public Health. Kathy obtained her Master’s degree in Public Health from the Ohio State University in 1993.
Throughout her 25-year career with the Ohio Department of Health, Kathy has participated in many important public health programs. She has developed and participated in state-wide public awareness campaigns about psittacosis, salmonellosis, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease. In 1997, she developed and implemented a program to control the spread of raccoon rabies in Northeast Ohio using rabies virus-laden bait for oral vaccination of wild raccoons. This program created a barrier of immune animals, and has limited the spread of raccoon rabies into the Midwestern United States and Canada. Dr. Smith is the recipient of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association’s Walter McClaskey Memorial Award for contributions in government and community service. Throughout her career, Dr. Smith has personified the “One Medicine, One Health” approach to public health. In February 2013, Dr. Smith was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.
For this reason, and for her many and substantial contributions to public health in the state of Ohio, we are pleased to recognize Kathy as a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Veterinary Medicine.