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Department of Animal Sciences


Student Newsletter: August 27th, 2017

  1. Joint Veterinary Technology Program

    Are you interested in receiving your bachelors degree from Ohio State within animal sciences while also completing an applied science degree in veterinary technology? The Department offers a joint program for students to complete both degrees within either a 4 or 5 year period (through the animal sciences veterinary technology specialization). If you have an interest in this degree program, you should attend the mandatory meeting that will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14th at 5:00 PM in Plumb Hall 102. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mariette Benage.

  2. Important Academic Dates AU17

    Reference the Academic Calendar and University Registrar, if you have any questions about important academic dates during this semester.


    Labor Day - no classes, offices closed

    Sept 4

    Enrollment Census Date (semester, first-session)

    Sept 5

    Last day of regularly scheduled first-session classes

    Oct 9

    Final examinations for first-session classes (given during last class session unless other arrangements are made)

    Oct 10-11

    Autumn Break - no classes, offices open

    Oct 12-13

    Second-session classes begin

    Oct 16

    Enrollment Census Date (second-session)

    Oct 30

    Veterans Day observed - no classes, offices closed

    Nov 10

    Thanksgiving Break begins - no classes, offices open

    Nov 22

    Thanksgiving Day - no classes, offices closed

    Nov 23

    Columbus Day observed - no classes, offices closed

    Nov 24

    Last day of regularly scheduled semester and second-session classes

    Dec 6

    Final examinations for semester and second-session classes

    Dec 8-14

    Autumn Commencement

    Dec 17

    President's Day Observed - offices closed

    Dec 26

    Christmas - offices closed

    Dec 25

  3. AS2301 Equine Behavior and Training

    Students are you interested in equine behavior and training?

    AS2301 Equine Behavior and Training is offered fall semester. You will learn to start a horse from the ground and understand how horses interact. The class offers plenty of hands on experience with the horses. Please contact Dan Rhodeback if you are interested in taking the class.

  4. Enroll in Veterinary Entomology On-line for Autumn Semester 2017!

    A seven-week, on-line course in Veterinary Entomology (ENTMLGY4607) will commence on Monday October 17th (weeks 8-14 of Autumn Semester). This 2-credit course will introduce students to the fascinating world of arthropod pests (ticks, fleas, flies, etc.) that impact the health and well-being of domesticated animals. Students of any major are welcome to enroll; those with an interest in Animal Science and/or Veterinary Medicine are especially encouraged. No prerequisites are required.

    For further details contact Dr. Peter Piermarini and check out the attached brochure!

  5. Banner Photo of the Week

    This week's photo is courtesy of Joan Galbraith!

    Have you always wanted your adorable pet to be on the front page of our weekly newsletter? Well now you have your chance!!

    Any animal can be pictured, whether that be a family pet or simply your favorite animal. Submit pictures to the editor, Caroline Cotter, any time before Sunday for the following week's newsletter.

    Parameters of the photo must be 1200 X 260. Feel free to make it seasonal or full of school spirit. Creative efforts will be appreciated and are preferred!

  6. Animal Welfare and Behavior Club

    Animal Welfare and Behavior Club is having their first meeting of the semester September 7th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm in the Nosker House event space. It is a special joint meeting with Human and Animal Interactions Club. There will be a dog and a speaker from Pilot Dogs. Food will also be provided!

  7. Share Your Experience!

    The Department of Animal Sciences is looking for pictures from summer internships, study abroad trips, Judging Team trips, and other Animal Sciences related activities. The pictures will be used on the Department Website and other promotional materials. You can send pictures or submit questions to

  8. CVM Career Fair

    Explore full-time employment, externships, and opportunities to make connections:

    Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Career Fair

    All class years are invited to attend! 

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 5:00 - 7:00 pm

    Veterinary Medicine Academic Building

    1900 Coffey Road

  9. Fall Career Expo

    Fall Career Expos - Mark Your Calendar Now!

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Fawcett Center | 2-6pm

    General career expo days are held in October and February as well as a construction career expo day in October and a specialized environmental and sustainability career expo day in February.

    Students looking for internships, full-time jobs and looking to network with employers fill the room during each event, representing all  22 majors and many more from across campus.

    Contact Adam Cahill or at 614-292-1589 if you have any questions.

  10. Buckeye Vet Exploration Day

    The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Student Council is pleased to announce the Buckeye Vet Exploration Day for current undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
    Attendees will gain hands-on experience through a variety of wet labs, tour the veterinary medical center and learn about the veterinary profession, admissions and student life.
    Cost: $45 per student (includes: 2 wet labs, a giveaway and lunch)
    When: Sunday, September 10 at 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Where: Veterinary Medicine Academic Building (VMAB), 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210      
    (614) 292-1171
    Click here for a schedule, details and a list of wet labs.
  11. Fear Free Symposium

    Fear Free Symposium

    October 1st 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Columbus Airport Marriot

    (614) 475-7551

    What is Fear Free?

    Visits to veterinary hospitals are declining—and the stress and anxiety associated with taking a pet to the veterinarian is a significant reason why. Fear leads to trauma for patients, and as a result, pet owners visit their veterinarian less often or not at all, instead opting to seek advice and products from other sources.

    Fortunately, there is a solution that can resolve this downward trend, restore trust in veterinarians as the true pet health experts, and most importantly, reduce feelings of stress, resulting in a better experience for all involved, including pets, owners, and veterinary health care teams: Fear Free℠ veterinary visits

    Continuing Education

    • Upon completion of the modules, you will receive a total of nine RACE approved CE hours
    • The program is also eligible for seven CVPM-qualified CE hours through the VHMA

    Fear Free for Students

    Fear Free is excited to offer all veterinary and veterinary technician students ONE YEAR of complimentary membership to our program! While the offer is open to students of all levels, it is recommended that students take advantage of the offer in their fourth year of veterinary school or the last year of their program. That way, their certification will still be active when they transition into the start of their career.

    NOTE: This offer is good for one calendar year from the date of registration and does not include the Level 2 Certification Course.

  12. CFAES Back 2 School Bash

    Join us for the largest College welcome back event at Fred Beekman Park on Wednesday, Aug. 30th starting at 5:00 pm. Join CFAES organizations and enjoy fun games, free food & free stuff! Sign up to participate in the Tug of War tournament (FREE tees!) that begins at 7 pm or relax with some Bingo under the tent from 7-8:30. The kickball tournament championship game will be played at 8:30 pm, umpired by our deans.

  13. Movie Under the Stars

    Join us at 8:30 PM on Tuesday, Aug. 29th for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on the lawn of Nosker. Free drinks and popcorn!

  14. The Vet Clinic in Worthington

    The Vet Clinic in Worthington is looking for a part time Kennel Technician on Monday evenings, Friday evenings, Saturday evenings, and Sundays (AM and PM or one of the two shifts- negotiable!) Mon, Fri, and Sat would include cleaning the hospital at the end of the day, plus caring for any pets that are boarding or hospitalized, which can include feeding, walking, medicating, or any other necessary care. Sundays would only require caring for the animals, no cleaning. The position averages 10-12 hours per week, and pay starts at $8.65 per hour. Anyone interested in the position can call at 614-885-3878 and ask for Kim, send an email expressing interest to, or stop in to the clinic at 5617 N. High Street Worthington, OH 43085.

  15. Barn Positions Available Immediately in Columbus, OH



    Starting Pay- $11.50-$12.50/ hr

    Full Time and Part Time Positions Available

    20-25 hours per week, including weekends!

    And 30-40 hours per week, including weekends!

    Duties include but not limited to:

    • Turn Out
    • Stall Cleaning
    • Barn and Property Care
    • Exercise
    • Veterinary Care
    • Equipment Care
    • Feeding (night check, also)
    • Grooming
    • And more…

    About the farm:

    Small private family owned show horse facility. There are 10 stalls with anywhere from 6-10 horses living on the property at a time. Located in Hilliard with easy access to the freeway, Otterbein, and OSU campus!


    • Experience not required, but preferred!
    • Ability to work, learn from, and communicate well with fellow staff and supervisors.
    • Ability to work in all weather conditions (hot, cold, snow, rain, ect.)
    • Reliable transportation.
    • References must be provided.


    **Applicants will be exposed to veterinary care, have the opportunity to obtain leadership

    roles, and further their knowledge in horse care, handling, and training**

    **Great working student position or internship!**

    **Additional hours available during school breaks and summer!**


    Send inquires to:


    Sub: Barn Position

  16. Fort Christopher's Thoroughbreds, LLC

    Fort Christopher’s Thoroughbreds, LLC is a modern, thoroughbred facility located just 15 minutes from historic Saratoga Racecourse. They are currently accepting applications for multiple seasonal internship opportunities including:
    1.) Summer/Fall Sales Prep Season (June 15th - August), (Sept/Oct program also available)
    2.) Winter/Spring Breeding Season (Jan. 15th - April/May)
    The internships will allow students to actively participate in all aspects of a commercial thoroughbred operation in doing so they have created a great learning environment for those students who are sincere in their desire to secure employment in the horse industry and/or pursue post baccalaureate education in veterinary studies or graduate school.
    All internships are paid opportunities with housing provided.
    As a Breeding intern, students will have exposure to the following:
    Participate in daily horse care and management (horse handling, herd health management, record keeping, working closely with vet in all equine aspects etc.) Participate in foaling, foal watch, night barn checks, mucking stalls and breeding work. Reproductive management of mares and neonatal care. Develop skills in handling and training young horses. Stallion handling. Assist in breeding runs to local/regional breeding farms.
    As a Sales Prep intern, students will have exposure to the following:
    Participate in daily horse care and management (Develop skills in handling and training young horses, herd health management, record keeping, working closely with vet in all equine aspects etc.) Participate in sales preparation which includes: conditioning the equine athlete for public sales, grooming, exercise routines involving round pen work, teaching horses posing/walking. Bloodstock/pedigree analysis and working at sales grounds during sales will be offered to qualified candidate.
    Interested students please contact us to arrange an interview at 518-746-1055 or visit
  17. Full Circle Dairy Internship

    Full Circle Dairy is a commercial dairy, milking 3,000 cows on a rotary parlor in Lee, Florida. Their replacement heifer program boasts state-of-the-art automated feeders, and the primary focus is individualized calf care. To them, every calf counts!

    They are a dedicated and motivated team eager to provide real world experience to the next generation of dairy enthusiasts. Attached is a brochure containing more information, as well as an internship application.

    Contact Samantha Locke at with any further questions.



  18. Kentucky Equine Management Internship

    Today is the day!!

    The Kentucky Equine Management Internship is accepting applications for the 2018 Spring Session!

    The deadline to apply to Spring 2018 is October 31, 2017.

    Actual dates for the course are January 8 – June 8, 2018.

    More information about the program and the application form can be found on the website.

  19. South Wind Stables Internship Opportunity

    South Wind Stables, 6390 Refugee Rd SW Pataskala, OH 43062 (just off 70 heading east) is looking for 1 or 2 interns who are interested in developing their knowledge and skill in equine management, development and care. South Wind Stables houses 18 horses, has riding trails on 60 acres, and an indoor arena of 80x200

    They have a welcoming and easy going environment that offers the intern the opportunity to become knowledgeable about and engaged in: stable management and practices from customer service viewpoint, and contracts to the financial aspects of the business. Also, the importance of stable housekeeping, working with horses of a wide variety of breeds in basic horsemanship, and dressage, show management ( schooling shows on premises June, July, Aug, Sept) In addition, as part a a well-rounded barn, there will be learning experiences with veterinary care, nutrition, pasture management, farrier, chiropractor, acupuncture, equine behavior and body language, riding, stall cleaning, grooming, client relationships. Yes, you will be cleaning stalls, but there are many other opportunities also.

    Owner/Trainer has earned USEF bronze and silver medals and is USDF “L” Graduate for dressage judge training.

    There is an immediate opening for 1 or 2 interns for flexible day/hours

    Contact for More Information Amy Rothe-Hietter (owner) (614-218-9217)

  20. Rascal Animal Hospital

    Rascal Animal Hospital is currently seeking veterinary assistants and RVT’s to join their animal care team!!!

    The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with good communication skills who will be an asset to the team. Ability to balance and complete multiple tasks while working in a high volume, fast paced environment is a must. Applicants desiring either full or part time positions will be considered. Rascal Animal Hospital offers a fast pace work atmosphere, with advancement opportunities, and a competitive pay structure

    They are an AAHA Accredited facility that provides wellness and sick exams, surgeries, diagnostics, hospitalization and 24 hour emergency and critical care. Their mission is to provide high quality care to pets while providing affordable services in an effort to help decrease the number of euthanasias due to financial limitations and to help provide treatment options to caretakers with financial concerns

    Feel free to send resumes to Nicole Thompson, Head RVT.

  21. Full-Time Position with QTest Labs

    Position Overview: The Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) will have the primary responsibility for overseeing the animal husbandry on a day-to-day and study-to-study basis. The LAT will perform daily animal care and daily routine cleaning of labs and offices. Additionally, the LAT will perform study-specific skill sets as required. These skill sets may be, but not limited to, study room set-up, environmental logs, animal logs, shipping and handling, data collection, and quality control of data. The LAT will be trained and signed off on all aspects of the job description, as well as the GLP’s. The LAT is responsible for reading and following all pertinent SOPs related to the job description and facility.

    Essential Job Functions:

    · Husbandry for all animals in the facility, including appropriate environmental conditions.

    · Handling animals to assist in study-related activities.

    · Receiving animals per specific SOP.

    · Maintaining and reviewing accurate animal records.

    · Report any abnormal animal observations to Study Director and Attending Veterinarian in a timely manner.

    · Cleaning and maintaining facility.

    · Full Time and Part time Hours Available.


    Non-essential Job Functions:

    · Maintenance of front office (cleaning, organization, trash, vacuum, etc.).



    · Physical ability to move and lift animals and cages.

    · Able to work with and handle a variety of animal species.

    · Knowledge of computers and software systems (i.e., Excel, Word, Power Point).


    Other Skills/Abilities:

    · Interaction with personnel, vendors, and clients.


    For more information, contact Jay Schmidt at or 614-760-0800.

  22. Help Targeting Excellence Raise Scholarship Funds In Ohio!

    Ohio Sporting Clay Scholarship Classic

    • September 7, 2017
      8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Last year was the first event held in Ohio with the goal of raising money to award scholarship awards to students studying animal agriculture. Students are encouraged to attend/volunteer/participate!. Visit their site for more details.

    Event Registration Cost:

    • $600 per team (4 person teams)
    • $500 per station sponsorship – click here to learn more on the station sponsor registration page.
    • $150 per person for solo participants – click here to register as a solo participant.
    • $0 Student/Volunteer Participant – click here to register as a student.

    Includes (Per Person):

    • 100 targets on the course
    • Ammunition for the course
    • Ear & eye protection
    • Lunch

    Additional Events and Details:

    • Side Games, Raffles, and Silent Auction will be announced at a later date.
    • Beginners Instruction will be provided before 10am.


    • Awards will be given at the completion of the event for the high team and high shooter overall.
    • Prizes will also be awarded for the long bird event.



  23. Animal Sciences Study Abroad

    Reasons to Study Abroad:

    • Earn academic credit. Any study abroad program will help you meet graduation requirements if you plan ahead.
    • Build your knowledge about animals and how different cultures care for and use them.
    • Gain cross-cultural awareness to better understand the role of the U.S. in the global animal industry.
    • Learn about people and their different perspectives.
    • Invest in yourself by showing that you value other cultures and that you are academically curious

    Short Term Opportunities:

    Spain: Human and Animal Interactions December 15-23

    Northern Germany and Netherlands: Europe (various locations) Equestrian Studies - Animal Sciences (spring 2018) March 9-18

    South Africa: Exotic Animal Behavior & Welfare (summer 2018)

    For a complete list of CFAES programs, check here. If you have any questions about the programs that we offer, contact Ms. Kelly Newlon, Agricultural Administration Bldg., Room 100. 614-688-4144

  24. Experience OSU for a Day Hosts & Fall Semester Schedules Needed!

    Do you enjoy sharing your passion for Ohio State with others? Would you be willing to show high school students what it is like to be a Buckeye? The "Experience OSU for a Day" (EOFD) Program allows prospective students to get a feel for what college is really like. These students visit CFAES frequently, and they are in need of volunteers to show these students around campus when they come to visit. If you were a host last semester, they need your new schedule!

    Attached is an invitation to the Experience Ohio State For a Day (EOFD) Host Training event in 246 Agricultural Administration next Thursday, September 7th from 5:00-6:00 pm.  


    EOFD Hosts volunteer to have prospective high school students shadow them from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for 1-2 weekdays each semester. Hosting is very flexible and can be adjusted to fit your schedule. Hosts are encouraged to take their shadow(s) to class, the Oval, the Union, a room in Nosker House, and to eat lunch at Parker Dairy Store (lunch is free for the host and shadow). Hosting is open to any CFAES student who has completed at least one semester of classes at the Columbus campus. To sign up, simply fill out the form at and email it to Abby Motter at Feel free to contact Abby if you have questions.

  25. Register Now for SmartAg4.0

    Do you have the idea for the Uber of food systems? SmartAg4.0 is a competition for students who are passionate about revolutionizing the future of food systems through app design. No programming experience necessary! Student teams will create a wireframe app design and business proposal to be judged by a panel of industry leaders. Participating in SmartAg4.0 is free and students can win door prizes and gift cards for top projects. To learn more, visit

  26. University Mental Health Resources

    All OSU Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) staff were sent home to tele-commute until further notice.The CCS phone line 614-292-5766 remains available for emergency assistance 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Students can push 2 to reach a mental health counselor at any time.

    CCS has suspended onsite and in person services, including those at embedded locations, through at least May 3, 2020.  You are still able to connect with a counselor  for a 30 minute phone or video consultation using Carmen Zoom or Skype. These consultations are offered 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday in order to check in with students, problem solve, and offer support.  Students will need to share their address/location at the time of the call.

    Students can access many self-help tools that are available on the CCS website at . The CCS COVID-19 updates page linked to the website is a great resource. On that page, students will find helpful coping skills such as the mental health strategies video series. This time that can be difficult for many. All students are encouraged to check that out.

    This link also contains some great information for coping right now:

    If you encounter a suspected emergency situation with any student during this time, crisis support is available by calling CCS at 614-292-5766. If this happens with the student remotely located, please try to get as much contact information about the student such as name, phone number, OSU dot #, and address where they are currently located. If you suspect safety is at risk or compromised at that time for the student or anyone they are with, please call 9-1-1. They will help immediately regardless of where the student is physically located. After you have done one of the steps above, please let me know of the situation so that follow up contact attempts can be made with the student. Please make sure to provide me with the best way to reach you right now too.

    This is an unusual time for all of us. Please practice good self-care, social distancing, and stay safe. Additional information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at . Faculty and Staff should also remember our OSU Employee Assistance Program is still available by contacting 614-292-4700 or 800-678-6269.

    A full list of available counselors in the college can be found here

  27. CFAES Mental Health Counselor

    Did you know that CFAES has hired a counselor to support the needs of their students' mental health?  Dr. Wirt holds counseling sessions in Ag Admin Room 100 four days a week and is in Lincoln Tower on Wednesday. See the attached if you’re interested in making an appointment.

  28. Portfolium Resource Page

    The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has renewed its partnership with and will continue to provide ALL students and faculty the opportunity to create a professional, online digital portfolio. In today’s world, employers seek evidence of career-relevant skills and competencies beyond listings on a resume. Students at all levels can easily create evidence-based credentials. In other words, attaching documents, videos, audio files, graphics, coding samples and presentations help demonstrate your knowledge and abilities.

    You should have already received your Portfolium invitation with the subject: “Access your CFAES Portfolium.” The email contains a link to activate your free verified account within the CFAES network using your Ohio State credentials.  If you missed the initial email, you can also join by using the Portfolium Resource Page.

    For more information or inquires, contact Elaine Eberlin.

  29. Animal Sciences Career Services Site

    The Career Services page on the departmental site has been redeveloped to hopefully make it more user-friendly. Check out helpful resources for building a resume, writing cover letters and more. There are resume templates that can be used to create a resume in case you don’t know where to start. In addition, there is an option for students to submit their resume and/or cover letters for review, prior to applying for internships or going to the career expo. Check it out!