Welcome to The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine. As one of the largest veterinary hospital systems in the country and the largest group of comprehensive referral veterinary hospitals in the tri-state region (Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia), our mission is to provide and ensure that farm, equine and companion animals have access to high quality, primary, urgent, emergency and specialized veterinary care services, in a supportive and caring environment, using expert knowledge and state-of-the-art technology.

About Us

Advancing care in a supportive and caring environment

All hospitals under the Veterinary Medical Center umbrella are academic teaching hospitals, which means you can take extra comfort in knowing your animal is in the best hands. Many of our students remain in Ohio post-graduation to serve animal owners as general practitioners, veterinary clinical specialists, researchers, and educators. It is estimated that 80% of Ohio’s veterinarians are alumni of our program. We like to think of ourselves as the launching pad for tomorrow’s veterinarians and leaders in veterinary science, research, and industry. 

team working together in diganostic imaging

Much like in human teaching hospitals – including Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center - our clinical teams are comprised of doctors, senior students, nurses, nursing assistants and customer service team members. Our team of doctors includes board-certified faculty specialists, first-through-third year residents, interns and staff clinicians, all of whom are licensed veterinarians (DVMs). Our registered veterinary technicians and veterinary technologists, licensed by the state of Ohio, provide nursing care across primary, specialty, urgent, emergency and ancillary services. Your animal will also benefit from the extra attention given them from our graduating senior (4th year) veterinary students who will take licensing exams to become DVMs once finished with their clinical rotations; veterinary assistants who ensure all patients are comfortable, nourished, and clean; and our customer service specialists who assist you and our clinical teams with scheduling and arrival, through check-in and discharge. 

Every member of our team understands that animals provide unconditional love and enrich our lives. We also know you want the best for your animal. At the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center, you’ll find the highest level of professional veterinary care, whether your visit is for a well-check, chronic illness, urgent or emergency service. You and your dogs, cats, horses or farm animals will find comprehensive, compassionate care supported by a highly-regarded academic institution. 

Benefits of an Academic Veterinary Medical Center

Benefits of an Academic Veterinary Medical Center

  • Largest and most comprehensive veterinary medical center (VMC) in Ohio and surrounding states.

  • “One Team” approach to patient specialty care led by experienced faculty clinician specialists.

  • The VMC has over 60 board-certified practitioners in 16 recognized veterinary specialties for companion animal, equine, and farm animals.

  • Faculty work with residents, interns, registered veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and fourth year veterinary students in partnership with our clients’ primary care veterinarians.

  • World-renowned faculty pioneers and leaders in their respective fields, including authors and editors of authoritative textbooks.

  • Clinician-scientists who make meaningful discoveries to advance clinical veterinary medicine.

  • Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office* supports access to the latest advances in veterinary medicine through participation in leading-edge clinical trials, which may include newly developed diagnostic techniques and treatments.

  • Availability of an onsite licensed social worker and our Honoring the Bond program which assists clients with treatment planning and end-of-life decisions, and provides compassionate support at no additional cost during diagnosis and treatment.

  • Interdisciplinary collaborations--including access to human medical specialists and researchers--enhance advanced patient care through procedures such as interventional medical techniques, comparative oncology, comparative orthopedics and other disciplines.

  • "One Health" collaborators include experts from The Ohio State University Medical Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute, Wright Center for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

  • A one-stop resource for the highest quality, integrated and comprehensive diagnostics and treatment plans.

  • Advanced diagnostic technologies and equipment, including digital radiography, ultrasound, 128-slice computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine services, endoscopy, echocardiography, and on site, large bore 3 Tesla MRI, LINAC (linear accelerator for radiation therapy).


    *Note: Clinical trials managed by the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office are independent of the Blue Buffalo company, and do not imply involvement of products or services offered in our clinical trials.

Our Mission

The mission of the Veterinary Medical Center is to serve the citizens of the state of Ohio through the support of the clinical education of veterinary students, post graduate veterinarians and others, and promote animal well-being through the operation of a state-of-the-art veterinary medical center.

Our Goals

  • To provide and maintain a comprehensive state-of-the-art examination, diagnostic, and therapeutic facility.

  • To offer the highest level of professional veterinary medical care to our clients and patients.

  • To serve our referring veterinarians with the highest level of consultation and support.

  • To engender a courteous, compassionate, and professional atmosphere for our patients and clients.

  • To maintain a working environment for our faculty, staff, and students that fosters respect for the individual, promotes teamwork, and enables all to perform to the full extent of their capabilities.

  • To foster and maintain a fiscally responsible attitude among our faculty and staff toward the delivery of veterinary services and operation of the hospital.




Join the VMC Team

Become an integral part of the VMC Team where no two days are the same, but every day is full of purpose as we strive to help dogs, cats, equine and farm animals live their best and healthiest lives. Each day also brings extraordinary “ah-ha” moments as team members collaboratively educate and train tomorrow’s veterinarians.

NOTE: Use the keyword Veterinary in the Workday search to find all Veterinary Medicine openings.

Contacting Us

Please refer to the following list of options for contacting business units within the Veterinary Medical Center. 

For general inquiries, please contact our main number at (614) 292-3551

Requesting Medical Records

Ph: (614) 292-7958

Ohio law states that the medical record is the property of the veterinary hospital and must be retained by that veterinary hospital. The medical record must not leave the building or college campus.

Clients may request copies of patient records by calling (614) 292-7958. The medical records department is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Copies of vaccine records, release sheets, and referral letters are free of charge. A copy fee will be charged for other sheets in the record. Please allow 48 hours for the request to be processed.

If you wish to mail us, our address is: 

Medical Records Administrator
Medical Records
OSU Veterinary Medical Center
601 Vernon L. Tharp St., Room 1121
Columbus, OH 43210


The Ohio Veterinary Licensing Board includes the Ohio Administrative Code on medical records.

O.A.C 4741-1-21  Record keeping 

Every veterinarian performing any act requiring a license pursuant to the provisions of Revised Code Chapter 4741. shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, a record documenting the health status of the animal(s) treated and any necessary data such that another veterinarian may follow the rationale and continue therapy if necessary. The record shall be dated and shall include all pertinent medical data such as vaccination, drug types and doses and all relevant medical and surgical procedures performed. The records shall identify the owner of the animal(s) and provide an address and telephone number or other means of contact. 

Records for companion animals shall include identifying information such as age, sex, species and breed or description and the animal's name, if known. Animals used for economic purposes that are treated on an individual basis shall be similarly identified. Animals used for economic purposes that are treated on a herd basis may be identified collectively, provided the treatment information is reflective of accepted medical practice for the species and lists doses of all drugs dispensed. 

All regulated substances shall be recorded and required by federal and/or state regulations. 

Records, including imagery, diagnostic tests, laboratory data, surgery reports, progression of the disease process and all of the pertinent information, are the sole property of the treating veterinarian. Records shall be released upon request from a subsequent treating veterinarian and must be returned to the original veterinarian within a reasonable time. Copies of records must be available upon request from the owner of an animal at a reasonable cost to the owner. 

Records shall be kept for a period of three years following discharge of the animals(s) from veterinary care. 

History:  Eff 1-22-03 
Rule promulgated under:  RC 119.03 
Rule authorized by:  RC 4741.03(C)(9) 
Rule amplifies:  RC 4741.22 

All Ohio Administrative Code is available through Anderson Publishing. 

Paying for Medical Care 

We are dedicated to helping our clients care for their animals and realize that payment for treatment often is a concern. Please understand our financial policies and requirements

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center accepts payment for services via cash and the following credit cards:  Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Discover. We also accept Care Credit. If you are not already approved for Care Credit, please apply here before your visit to the Veterinary Medical Center and please bring your Care Credit card to your visit.  

An estimate of the charges will be given to you for written approval after your initial examination. For outpatient care, fees will need to be paid at the time of service. If your pet must be admitted (inpatient) you will need to pay 75% of the high end of the provided estimate prior to admission. We encourage you to always discuss payment methods and fees before any services are performed. Please also feel free to ask your Ohio State veterinarian about charges each time you call for a progress report so that you can make responsible decisions about continuing care. Usual charges that accumulate include daily hospitalization fees, laboratory tests, x-rays, medications, daily examination charges, and special consultations or procedures. In all instances, we make every effort to charge fair and reasonable fees.


Contacting our Billing/Accounting Office

For more information regarding your bill, please email our Accounting Department at CVM-OSUVMCAccounting@osu.edu. Please be sure to provide your first and last name, the animal name(s), and your phone number. Please know we cannot provide treatment estimates, we recommend that you call for an appointment.

If you are contacting us to pay your bill, please visit us online at https://payment.vet.ohio-state.edu/hospital-payment or by mailing a check to:

OSU Veterinary Medical Center

PO Box 781761 

Detroit, MI 48278-1761


Submit the Payment Questions Form

Karin Zuckerman, MHSA, MBA
Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs
Director, Veterinary Medical Center 
(614) 292-7158 
Address: 601 Vernon L Tharp Street 
Suite 210
Columbus, OH 43210