What does Ohio State mean to our community?
At the College of Veterinary Medicine, we strive to improve the lives of animals and people through service to others. The college’s outreach programs touch our local and global communities in many ways, from our Blood Bank, which supplies veterinarians locally and nationally with blood components to save animal lives, to Safe Haven programs that assist victims of domestic violence to find safe housing for their pets, to our partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections--as well as programs such as conservation partnerships with zoos and international shelters.
An example of a highly successful local project is the college’s partnership with LifeCare Alliance, an organization offering services to elderly or chronically ill Ohio residents in Franklin and Madison counties. Under the direction of Veterinary Medicine faculty members Larry Hill, DVM, and Linda Lord, DVM, PhD, veterinary students spend one day a week providing basic wellness care for animals owned by individuals who do not have access to veterinary care. “The human-animal bond is a strong one, and the opportunity to provide care is invaluable to those with the greatest need,” says Dr. Hill. “We are not only improving the lives of the thousands of animals and pet owners, but also increasing the skills and community awareness of our own students.”