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Ohio State graduate, equine health expert, to take reins of College of Veterinary Medicine

Rustin M. Moore, executive director of The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, has been named dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine after an extensive national search. Subject to approval by the university Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective Sept. 1.

Moore is currently associate executive dean of the college, director of the Alice Lloyd Finley Memorial Veterinary Research Farm and holder of the Bud and Marilyn Jenne Professorship. He is a distinguished equine surgeon and researcher, veterinary educator and academic administrator.

The appointment was announced by Sheldon Retchin, executive vice president of health sciences and CEO of the Wexner Medical Center, and Joseph Steinmetz, executive vice president and provost.

Moore succeeds Lonnie King who led the college for the past six years.

A native of Spencer, West Virginia, Moore earned his D.V.M. and Ph.D. from Ohio State in 1989 and 1994, respectively. In addition to his Ohio State degrees, he earned his B.S. degree from West Virginia University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. 

Moore joined Ohio State’s faculty in 2006 as professor and chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He has held a number of leadership positions within the college. He has taught at the undergraduate, professional and graduate levels both at Ohio State and at Louisiana State University, where he served on the faculty from 1994 to 2006. He has served as adviser to dozens of professional students, interns and residents.

While at LSU, he assumed emergency leadership of a large-scale rescue effort of nearly 500 horses and other animals during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Moore’s clinical interests include equine lameness, surgery, and colic and its associated complications. He has been a principal or co-investigator on approximately 120 funded grants. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than 15 book chapters, 120 peer- or editor-reviewed manuscripts, and 175 scientific abstracts. His service on editor-reviewed boards includes the journal Veterinary Surgery, and he has served as a manuscript reviewer for several additional prestigious journals. He is also a frequently invited speaker at national and international equine veterinary clinical, research and educational symposia.

Moore has served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, on the board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, on the board of regents of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as an equine health advisory board member for the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

About The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked 5th in the nation and includes nearly 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) is one of the largest animal hospitals in the world, with more than 33,000 patient visits each year on the Columbus campus. An emergency and specialty referral clinic in Dublin, OH provides services for dogs and cats, and the Large Animal Service in Marysville, OH gives farm animal experience to every veterinary student through its ambulatory practice. The Clinical Trials Office is one of the largest in the country, and manages about 30 studies per year in client-owned animals providing novel treatments for diseases from cancer to arthritis. Located on the only campus in the country with seven health sciences colleges and a comprehensive medical center, the college admits up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offers a comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health in partnership with the College of Public Health.