Department of Animal Sciences' Ann Ottobre Retires

On August 18, alumni, students, faculty and staff of the Department of Animal Sciences said goodbye to Ann Ottobre after 32 years of service. Her contributions to the Department were numerous. Highlights included:

Plumb Hall

  • Created & Maintained the Teaching Lab
  • Renovated the Plumb Hall Break Roon
  • Oversaw the addition of 1st Floor hallway artwork
  • Her last project is improving the entryway to the Teaching Lab


  • Instrumental in the creation of the Companion Animal Program
  • Led & mentored student histology projects
  • Created & team-taught Animsci 3200
  • Created & team-taught Animsci 3105
  • Advisor & instructor to over 2000 students
  • Shades of Animal Science Advior & Chili Cook-Off award winner
  • Academic Quadrathlon support


  • Key research support staff in reproductive physiology


  • Departmental Safety Coordinator for over 2 decades
  • Integral team member of the Ohio Youth Institute of the World Food Prize
  • Served on numerous College & Departmental committees


  • 2017 - CFAES Outstanding Mentor
  • 2005 - Ohio State University Distinguished Staff Award
  • 1992 - Gamma Sigma Delta award for Outstanding Service
  • Towers Agricultural Honorary Mentor (multiple)

A flyer from Ann's retirement party