College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus, Thomas R. Mack, BS, DVM, has been recognized with a 2018 Distinguished Alumnus award from the college for his dedication and service to his local community and the profession.
Mack earned his BS (1957) and DVM (1961) from The Ohio State University. Following graduation, he entered private practice where he owned and operated Bayshore Animal Hospital in San Mateo California, for over 35 years. In 1998, he was honored with the Western Region Practitioner of the Year Award by the American Animal Hospital Association.
Moreover, Mack is distinguished not only by his large and valued animal practice serving the extended community of the San Mateo area, but also for his dedication and service to his professional and local communities in extensive selfless ways for decades, including his continued support of Ohio State’s Global One Health initiative (GOHi).
Mack has specifically been involved with GOHi’s capacity building and rabies prevention efforts in Ethiopia. In his partnership with GOHi, he has:
- Advised and mentored GOHi students
- Visited Ethiopia and actively participated in GOHi workshops
- Participated in the field site visit to the University of Gondar, discussing rabies prevention and control projects
- Encouraged other alumni to support GOHi and other college initiatives
- Provided financial support for GOHi projects to sustain capacity building efforts
Mack was nominated by GOHi Executive Director, Wondwossen Gebreyes, DVM, PhD DACVPM. For a full list of this year’s distinguished alumni, visit the College of Veterinary Medicine website.