Ohio State Promotes Rustin Moore to Veterinary Dean

The equine health expert is executive director of OSU’s Veterinary Medical Center.

Acute laminitis in horses is among the research interests of Ohio State’s new veterinary college dean, Dr. Rustin Moore.

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Rustin M. Moore, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVS, will move from one executive office to another when he takes over Sept. 1 as dean of Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Moore, an expert in equine health, was announced Tuesday as the replacement for Lonnie King, DVM, Dipl. ACVPM, who is retiring Aug. 31 after six years as dean.

Moore, executive director of Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center, will oversee what U.S. News and World Report this year ranked as the nation’s fifth-best veterinary school. The college enrolls about 640 students and employs 130 faculty members.

After earning his Ph.D. at Ohio State in 1994, Moore was hired as an assistant professor in Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine and was elevated to professor in 2000. While in Baton Rouge, La., he led efforts to rescue horses and other animals left in peril by a pair of 2005 hurricanes, Katrina and Rita.

Moore, a 1989 DVM graduate of Ohio State, returned to Columbus in 2006 as a professor and as chairman of the department of veterinary clinical sciences. He later became chief of the Veterinary Medical Center—among the world’s largest animal hospitals—and simultaneously served as associate executive dean and as director of the Alice Lloyd Finley Memorial Veterinary Research Farm.

His clinical interests include equine lameness, surgery and colic. He has been a principal or co-investigator on about 120 funded grants, the university reported, and he has authored or co-authored more than 15 book chapters, 120 peer- or editor-reviewed manuscripts, and 175 scientific abstracts.

He is a former president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians and has served on the governing boards of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

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