Officer Devin Alford remained by 14-month-old German Shepherd Rambo’s side after he suffered a gunshot wound and was airlifted to Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center.

On Sunday, July 30, at 10 p.m., Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center Emergency and Critical Care Service team received an unusual call. The Logan County Police Department was on the phone to say they would be airlifting Rambo, an injured K-9, to the Veterinary Medical Center to treat gunshot wounds he sustained while on the job. A bullet had struck the 14-month-old German Shepherd while he was inside the police cruiser during a domestic violence call. 

baxter dog near christmas tree at holidays

The holiday season is a time for celebrations, but nothing spoils the good cheer like needing to take your pet to the emergency room. The experts at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center recommend these tips to protect your pet.

Pip the dog dressed up like a bat

Keeping Fido and Fluffy safe this Halloween doesn’t have to be tricky. In fact, it’s more of a treat!  The experts at Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center are here to help pet owners navigate this spooky holiday with eight essential tips for a Halloween that’s all fun and no fright!

sadie the dog in an e-collar

A family was able to get more time with their beloved dog, who inspires them to be the best they can be. 

When Ken and Kathy Risko of Lancaster, Ohio first met Sadie, she would not make eye contact with anyone, including them. The mixed-breed dog they were considering adopting from an Akron shelter just cowered in the corner. But something about Sadie made them take the chance on bringing her home, and the family opened their arms to her. They completed the adoption process, not knowing if she would become social. 

It paid off.

Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic

The Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic opened June 1, 2021, as the new home for the Veterinary Medical Center’s community practice team. The 26,000 sq. foot facility offers natural-lighting in the expansive lobby and reception area; 9 exam rooms – including two dedicated to feline use; separate cat and dog waiting areas and wards; 2 surgical suites and pre- and post-surgical care areas; a full dental suite; a separate entrance and exam room for pets with behavioral needs; spacious treatment room; imaging, medication dispensary and lab areas.

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in Dublin was recently featured on Fox's Good Day Columbus. View the segment to learn about the services available for cats and dogs through our easily accessible Dublin facility.  View here.   Please select CC (closed caption) if not sound available.

A significant viral outbreak of a new type of Coronavirus named “2019 Novel Coronavirus” or “COVID-19” is affecting a large number of countries around the world, including the United States. 
Ophthalmology exams now available at VMC-Dublin

Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center- Dublin adds specialty service

Beginning July 16, the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center in Dublin will offer pets in need of specialty eye care greater access to board-certified, veterinary ophthalmologists, due to the expansion of our service beyond our campus location to our Dublin facility. This service expansion complements the recently expanded orthopedic surgery service within the Dublin facility.


As you may be aware from recent media reports, there has been a voluntary recall of select Hill’s Pet Nutrition canned dog food products due to elevated levels of Vitamin D.  The specific products affected may be found here:  The recall does not include any dry dog foods, cat food (dry or canned) or treats.

Recently, the kitchen at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center nutrition center underwent a transformation thanks to a generous gift from global pet care leader Purina. The upgrade has allowed the Veterinary Medical Center to stock more diets and to centralize diet options that historically were stored within each specialty area.

According to Dr. Valerie Parker, associate professor-clinical in the small animal internal medicine and nutrition service, the new kitchen benefits pets during their stay and when they head home too.

Internal Medicine team with Phil the dog

Phil, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, didn’t plan on spending his 4th birthday with us, but we made sure it was an extra special birthday. 

Dr. Amanda Spillane, Dr. Anna Panyutin, Dr. Cathy Langston, Dr. Jiwoong Her and fourth-year student Mary Ann Miller threw Phil a memorable birthday party with cookies for both dogs and humans. 

A dog running an agility course while people watch

An Ohio State rehabilitation veterinarian is teaming up with researchers across the nation to develop canine wearable technology that could help prevent injuries in agility dogs.

Marley the dog by Veterinary Medical Center sign

The veterinarians told Taylor Ritchey the words no pet owner ever wants to hear: “Your dog has aspiration pneumonia and a 20% chance of survival.” Back in October 2022, her dog, Marley, spent seven intensive days on a mechanical ventilator and ten days in Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center.

Coco the dog

Vincent Riley’s mom rescued a Pomeranian mix named Coco in 2016. Coco's previous caregiver had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and was no longer able to take care of her. When Vincent’s mom passed away at the end of 2017, he became Coco's full-time caregiver. In mid to late December 2021, he noticed Coco had pulled out most of her fur on her rear end and it looked swollen. Feeling concerned, he took her to the local veterinarian because he thought she might have an infected anal gland.

lily the cat

Lily was a stray cat that ended up at the Krouskoupf family’s house one day. She was severely malnourished with hundreds of maggots in two open wounds on her body but all she wanted was for the family to pet her. 

Ghost Smith the cat

When Patricia Smith first saw a photo of a white kitten on Petfinder, she knew it was meant to be. As a child, she had a white cat stuffed animal and always wanted to adopt a kitten that matched. 

Patricia quickly fell in love with the kitten, who she described as sweet, lazy and the cuddliest cat possible, and named her Ghost. The two formed an immediate bond. Ghost would cry if Patricia stayed up too late and wasn’t curled up with her in bed.  

Patricia credits Ghost with helping her through a major depressive episode.

Captain Stallworth and Amy

Amy Stallworth adopted Captain, a Siberian Husky mix, ten years ago and it was love at first site. When she found out Captain had cancer, she was heartbroken. 

Marley and Taylor

The Ritchey family came together to give their dog the best possible care during her time of need. 

Reba the dog

Larry Ballengee, a semi-truck driver, never expected to come home from a trip with a new best friend. 

Dr. Eric Miller examines the eyes of Waldo the poodle

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) participated in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) national service animal eye exam event this May 2022, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Peter the dachshund

Some families choose their dogs, other times, the dog chooses the family. Peter, the dapple colored dachshund chose Angela and her two young daughters. They adopted Peter as a puppy from a family friend in 2010 and he’s been the best dog ever since. Peter’s family jokes that he is a big dog trapped in a small dog’s body. “Peter loves to get attention from anyone who will pet him, and he is the sweetest boy you will ever meet!” Peter’s mom, Angela said. 

Ohio State veterinary oncologists and cancer surgeons at Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital collaborate to give rescue dog new lease on life

When U.S. armed forces veterans Darrell and Rhonda Victor found a beautiful white shepherd mix hiding under their car on Sept. 28, 2011, they knew right away that the cold, scared puppy was meant to be theirs. Taking their time to earn the timid and slightly aggressive dog’s trust, they brought her into their home and family, which was the start of a mutual healing journey. 

Exam in Comparative Ophthalmology ServiceThe Comparative Ophthalmology Service at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) offers comprehensive care for companion and equine animals with eye abnormalities providing a variety of services such as

Michael with his cat Zachary

Michael Wernimont’s experience with The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) began when his two cats, Zachary and Jacob, were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.  Zachary had a series of tests and procedures at a local veterinary office where he was diagnosed with stage three chronic kidney disease. At that time, Michael was told to take Zachary to the VMC for a consult regarding dialysis. After several hours of consultation, new blood work and scans, it was decided that Zachary would start dialysis treatment. 

New veterinary teaching clinic opens at Ohio State

The new Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care primary care teaching clinic was featured on Good Day Marketplace. Learn more about this exciting, hands on experience for students of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State. 

Watch here

At The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, our Orthopedic Surgery Service sees pets every day who are dealing with the pain associated with arthritis.
We recently spoke with world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Dyce about the Orthopedic Surgery Service and how support from donors can help.

Freedom the golden retriever loves life, even with just three legs

Freedom, a rescued golden retriever, had an injured leg. He saw Dr. Jones in our Orthopedic Surgery Service who recommended amputating his leg. Today, Freedom is thriving with three legs, practicing physical therapy in his mom's swimming pool.

Amy Karnehm and Candi

Amy Karnehm noticed a change in her dog Candi’s behavior in spring 2019 after she had a dental cleaning and extraction, then experienced a fall. Candi’s eye was swollen, and her veterinarian couldn’t fit them in for an appointment. Karnehm was able to get Candi an appointment at another clinic in the area. That clinic performed an ultrasound and x-rays which showed Candi had a detached right retina, but no masses or any reason for the issues. The veterinarian recommended an MRI to investigate what was causing the issues.

tips for enjoying the holidays with your pets

While enjoying the holiday season, remember, not everything people enjoy is going to be safe for our beloved pets.
M. Leanne Lilly, DVM, DAVCB, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, shares some recommendations on how to keep your pets safe this holiday season.  

In an effort to ensure a safe environment for all animal owners, visitors and VMC team members, we ask that you please avoid visiting our hospitals if you are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a fever greater than 100.4 degrees and a cough, or if you or someone you have been in contact with have travelled to an affected area within the last 14 days. If your animal has an upcoming appointment, please call us and we will be happy to get you rescheduled at a later date.

MARCH 30, 2020 UPDATE:  Companion Animal drop-off drive and client parking lot open

If at all possible, in the event of an emergency, we ask that you please call ahead to (614) 292-3551.

Please note, clients are now able to park and wait in the lot outside the main entrance to the companion animal hospital on Vernon L Tharp Street.

April 2019

Our Pet Hero Keela featured in this article about one of the clinical trials the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office is working with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Click here for more info. 


Like many people who first become interested in showing and breeding dogs—in their case, the extremely large, lovable breed of mastiffs— John and Camron Priest found they had a steep learning curve to navigate. In addition to questions about how to breed dogs and what traits to select for, they also had to learn some lessons the hard way.

While we have no confirmed cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, the following provides an overview of symptoms to watch for, what to do if your dog is showing signs, and preventive measures.

Symptoms of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)

There are two strains of the virus, H3N8 and H3N2. Symptoms resemble those of “kennel cough.”

Watch for coughing, nasal and eye discharge, sneezing and fever (104-105oF).

Other more serious symptoms include lethargy, or not drinking or eating.

When you encounter William Bradfield for the first time, you are met with a 154-pound Black Russian Terrier ball of fur and love. He is a bit slower now at the age of 8, but you would never guess that at one time in his life he was having one to two seizures per day.

tThe Orthopedic Surgery service within the Veterinary Medical Center Hospial for Companion Animals and our Dublin facility are evolving to provide patients broad access to preeminent veterinary orthopedic care.


Veterinary orthopedic surgeons from specialty referral hospitals across the United States attended the inaugural “Advancements in Canine Total Hip Replacement” continuing education workshop at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) last weekend.

Dewey: Back in Action

After their dog, Dewey, suffered a urinary tract infection and kidney removal, Dan and Kim Orr were ecstatic with his recovery, and couldn’t be happier to have him back home.


Dr. Jeanette O’Quin, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Dr. Laurie Millward, assistant professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, were guests on the WOSU show “All Sides with Ann Fisher” to discuss Canine Distemper and pet wellness.

Click here to listen to the full show.  

At a whopping 22 pounds, Bauer Hazen doesn’t look like he could handle much. However, similar to his namesake, Jack Bauer, from the popular television show “24”, Bauer is a force to be reckoned with.

When Cindy met Bob ten years ago, she was already a strong advocate of the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center (VMC).  When she moved from Chicago to Columbus in 2003, her first task was to find a kitty cardiologist for her two Persian cats, Princess and Jackson who passed by 2009.  Ohio State was the natural choice.  So when she met Bob and his three cats - Plaid, Fluffy (Plaid’s biological sister) and Sebastian -  she introduced him to the VMC.

With the spring season upon us, more flowers are making their way into the household. Flowers are known for sprucing up the environment, and less known for posing a significant threat to pets. One of the deadliest flowers a cat owner can bring into their home -despite its beauty- is the lily.

Residencies to be renewed and expanded to four major institutions.

New York, NY - The American Kennel Club, the world's largest purebred dog registry, the Theriogenology Foundation and the AKC Canine Health Foundation announce that the recently established American Kennel Club/Theriogenology Foundation Companion Animal Residencies in Theriogenology are being renewed and expanded to four universities in 2016.  Read more.

Beginning on the evening of March 2, 2016, as part of our lobby reconstruction, the main entrance to the Hospital for Companion Animals, as well as the client parking lot directly out front of the building will be closed to all traffic and visitors. Non-emergency clients will need to park directly across the street (Vernon L. Tharp) from the Hospital for Companion Animals and enter through the Hospital for Farm Animals doorway. Directional, way-finding signage will be posted along Vernon L. Tharp Street.

Phoebe the cat during her recovery after she was treated for lily poisoning.

When Phoebe, a 23-month-old cat from Missouri, took a few nibbles of a lily plant, her owners didn’t think a thing. Unfortunately neither Phoebe nor her owners were aware of the dire consequences that would ensue.

Lilies are highly toxic to cats when ingested, and if not treated immediately can be fatal in as little as 72 hours. Lily poisoning, particularly from plants of the Lilium or Hemerocallis genera, causes rapid kidney failure.

Fox28 provides a sneak peek of the new ICU

Fox28's Good Day Marketplace crew got a sneak peek of the brand new Intensive Care Unit located in the Hospital for Companion Animals. They also interviewed the new Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rustin Moore, and learned about the new MRI for animal patients of all sizes. View the video here:

Cristia Iazbik, the Veterinary Medical Center's animal blood bank manager,surrounded by her canine donor friends.

Cristina Iazbik, animal blood bank manager at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, was recently interviewed by the onCampus newspaper for their 2015-2016 Resource Guide for a cover feature article focusing on Buckeyes holding unique campus jobs. Read more:

In May, a lab mix puppy named Zelda was brought to Rascal Animal Hospital and Emergency Care with two broken legs. Veterinary staff at the hospital suspect that Zelda was abused by her previous owners, as they were forced to bring her in after reports of a dog with severe injuries.  Read more here:

Canine influenza outbreak

A canine influenza outbreak has been reported in the Chicago area. This is a new strain of virus - H3N2 - previously seen only in Asia, according to a report from Cornell University.

Brooke Burton discovered Dennis, a 6-year-old miniature dachshund, in 2013. Dennis had been in the care of Burton's relative, who had been over-feeding the dog with an extremely unhealthy mix of human foods, leaving Dennis at a shocking 56 pounds. He could barely walk.

One lucky dog is home safely, thanks to observant owners and the Emergency and Critical Care staff at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center. Tank, a 4-year-old pit-bull, had been acting strangely with symptoms such as panting and a decreased appetite. Tank’s owners Mesanique Smith and Amekia Roach began Googling his symptoms – and realized they matched ingestion of rat poison, a lethal substance for dogs. After three days of treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the VMC, Tank was released. “We’re just glad he’s okay and coming home,” Smith said.

Did you know that 1 in 4 dogs will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime? It’s a staggering statistic, but there is hope. Through clinical trial studies at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Clinical trials represent the cutting edge of medicine: research expertise meets new treatments and improved outcomes, including an improved understanding of the diseases, like cancer, that affect our animals.

Dr. Jonathan Dyce, an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, performed a successful total hip replacement surgery on Eddie on Jan. 8, one day after his arrival. The surgery will extend Eddie’s service life and “enable me to do my job better,” said officer Rezny.

Fox 28's Good Day Marketplace visited the cardiology department of the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center where they interviewed Dr. Brian Scansen, DVM, MS, ACVIM and Assistant Professor at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine. To view the 4-minute segment and learn more about what the Veterinary Medical Center's cardiology specialists have to offer!