Dr. Bob Hummel is an original example of an ‘alternative’ career path in veterinary medicine. He completed his BS and DVM (1961) at The Ohio State University and began his career immediately following graduation as a technical services veterinarian in the pharmaceutical industry for American Cyanamid Company. By 1967, he had co-founded an animal health distribution company that came to be known as Lextron, one of the nation’s largest distributors of veterinary pharmaceutical products. Lextron grew into a premier animal health company as Animal Health International, Inc. where Bob served as CEO and Chairman for many years. Bob remained integrally involved in the business until its sale in 2015. Bob has said that commitment to the job, willingness to work hard, staying focused, and paying attention were critical to his success. This is the same way he approached each and every service commitment at the college and at Ohio State.
Bob has devoted much time, talent, and treasure to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hummel strongly believes that successful veterinary practitioners need critical business skills and competences. He helped establish the graduate Minor in Business for Health Sciences as a partnership between the Fisher College of Business and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the first of its kind in the US. Bob significantly supports the program financially through two scholarship endowments: the Robert C. and Carole Hummel Veterinary Medicine Business Minor Scholarship and a second scholarship endowment established in honor of Dr. Lonnie King. With additional gifts he provides current use scholarships to insure any student has the opportunity to build their business acumen without accruing additional debt and he does this while continuing to fundraise for scholarship support of the program. The Robert C. And Carole Hummel Grand Lounge serves as one example of his support for capital projects. This elegant space is the centerpiece of the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building and is used by students, faculty, and staff of the college each and every day. Serving as co-chair of the College’s recent But For Ohio State Campaign, Bob provided tireless advocacy and demonstrated ardent leadership, strategic guidance, and financial commitment to help the College achieve its record setting goal of $136 million. Included in these efforts was a $32 million capital project to enhance and expand our Veterinary Medical Center to ensure a world-class medical center and to provide exceptional veterinary care and training for future veterinarians. In recognition of his financial commitment to the project, The Hummel and Trueman Hospital for Companion Animals now has a physical presence commensurate with the world-class status of the Veterinary Medical Center.
Dr. Hummel has set an example of success within the profession and left an indelible mark on the college-both of which will always be revered and never forgotten.