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The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary School

Mailing Address
1900 Coffey Road
Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-1171
School Information
"To address the need for confident and competent primary care veterinarians, the college has developed a curriculum focused on preparing students to be practice-ready veterinarians upon graduation. Students receive immersive hands-on training starting in their first year with clinical and communication skills training that continues throughout their education." (Source:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school's Diversity Committee developed a "Community of Inclusion Certificate Program" which it describes as "a way for faculty, staff, and students (professional, graduate, and VPH) in the college to demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion within the college, the veterinary profession, and the communities we serve.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • On September 15, 2016, the school listed its highlights of the year from around the school. Featured is a summary from the Diversity and Inclusion Committee (comprised of faculty, staff, and students). The committee announced, "We have also required that all people associated with the student admissions/recruitment process as well as all faculty search committees undergo implicit bias and diversity training."
  • The school reported on a series of implicit bias trainings for faculty search committees that took place between December 2015 and January 2016. These included: "two presentations on implicit bias by The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity," multiple "Inclusive Excellence Seminars for faculty search committee members," and "interviewers and file reviewers for our professional DVM program admissions."
  • The school's Diversity and Inclusion page lists various resources on the topic of dialogue and race and includes a link to a document titled, “Guidance for Talking about Racism.”
  • In 2016, the school announced an event titled, "Racism 101: An Open Conversation with White Students" and was hosted by the Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. In this campus dialogue, "it will be talked about what racism is, how it is perpetuated and why so many white people do not acknowledge or see racism in America today. If you are confident that you are NOT a racist, this dialogue is for you."
  • The school announced a series titled, "Fireside Chat: Obstacles to Thriving personally and Collectively in a Racist Society," which took place between April-July of 2017. The event was described as follows: "Suzanne Roberts and Jim White have been meeting and discussing racism for over five years. As a white woman and a black man discussing race relations in our communities and America, they have educated audiences with a historical and personal perspective on the complexity of these issues. Evenings spent listening to this unique conversation are illuminating and leave you with tools for taking action."
  • In 2017, the school announced an event titled "Social Identity and Implicit Bias: Examining Systemic and Institutional Barriers" which featured guest speaker Dr. Nicole Nieto from Ohio State University.
  • The online publication "Veterinary Professionals' Next Gen" featured an article by Kenneth Burris (then-fourth-year OSU Veterinary School student) entitled, "Empowerment." In referring to the deaths of several black people at the hands of police officers, Burris states that "These senseless shootings and deaths represent the tip of the iceberg of frustrations about the impact of systemic racism in the U.S." and that "Justice is not just about police being fired and arrested for these senseless murders. Justice is also about how we treat one another in our communities and in our everyday careers, including veterinary medicine." (Mr. Burris was also on student government at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine as one of the Class of 2022’s Diversity Committee Representatives.)
  • The online podcast "Fully Vetted" features a series entitled, "Safe Haven: Community For Black Veterinary Students," which discusses the experience of African American students at OSU Veterinary School. The introduction states that "inclusivity is all important" and that "One of many student organizations at OSU CVM, the J.H. Bias Black Affinity Group was formed to provide a safe, supportive space for students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds." 
Symbolic Actions
  • In October 26, 2020, the school's Diversity Committee released a "Statement against violence and injustice against black communities" and stated, "The murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd recently, and others in the past, are not only tragic acts of violence and injustice against black communities, they represent the tip of the iceberg of the impact of systemic racism in this country.” The committee continues, "as an institution, we must demand an end to the oppression and discrimination that targets black communities, to broken systems that promote power disparities, and to abuse by law enforcement and criminal justice systems."
Last updated November 16th, 2023
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