Omega Tau Sigma encourages and fosters the development of well-rounded, ethical veterinarians and through them creates a better profession on the basis of friendship, cooperation, and respect for their fellow professional.

OTS imparts to its members a desire to serve faithfully and zealously the varied needs of our animal kingdom and inspires these members with the fact that the knowledge of the job well done and the regard of clientele and colleagues far surpasses financial gain.

OTS gives aspiring young veterinary students a chance to analytically survey the veterinary profession to ensure their best talents will be utilized in this profession before they have invested their valuable assets, youth, time, and ambition in the pursuance of an occupation that might leave their best talents dormant.

OTS instills the principles of honesty, morality, resourcefulness, and fraternal love in all its members and, last but not least, gives these young embryonic veterinarians a chance to learn the much valued trait of living happily with a group for the mutual benefit of all.

A letter from your president: A Year of Challenges and Changes

This past year has been one of challenges and changes for me personally, professionally, and within the fraternity. I have been absent much of this year, because I’ve focused on my professional and personal lives, including the latest addition, my son Ike. Work, while challenging me to think differently and to grow as a non-practicing veterinarian, has been very rewarding and time consuming.

Outside of my own personal bubble, others I know have also dealt with challenges and changes. I reflect back upon what has happened in the political landscape of our country, and I’m fearful for what my son Ike will be exposed to as he grows up. My hope is that I can show him enough love and give him enough experiences that he will understand the importance of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance. As a professional, my hope is that I can also teach our profession about how to be more tolerant, patient, and persistent. I struggled with compassion fatigue while practicing, and I feel obligated to speak up and share my story, to help others build resilience and thrive in this challenging profession.

You might wonder what any of this has to do with our great organization. I like to believe that ΩΤΣ is an organization that breeds the future leaders of this noble profession, one that fosters the development of well-rounded adults who contribute to the profession and the local community and individuals who understand the importance of creating a safe environment for their patients, their clients, and themselves. Over the last several years, allegations have arisen in several chapters of behavior unbecoming of a professional. I bring this up not to point out blame nor to attack those who have done wrong but rather to bring awareness to these issues and to give each of you the task of creating a culture of safety in your chapter, your clinic, and your house. Each of us has the responsibility to take care of ourselves first, as well as to protect this cherished profession. This might mean at times that you stand in the face of history and culture and ask to do things differently. I work for Banfield, and I ask to do things differently all of the time, because I know it is the right thing to do for those working in the clinic. I continually get told no; however, I know I am making the right impression upon those who don’t understand the stressors from working in the clinic. I tell you this, because each of you is a leader, and as leaders, we sometimes have to stand-alone for what we believe.

I am thankful that someone has had the courage to share stories of allegedly illegal activities in our chapters or performed by members in good standing. While we, as Grand Council, have little we can do, other than revoking membership to a member or chapter, we have worked with the local university authorities in the past to help clear up these allegations, and I am thankful thus far that the stories are just that: stories. My concerns is that there are things still happening in chapters that we, as Grand Council, do not know about. If this is your chapter, please speak up; be the one who helps put an end to unprofessional behavior and creates an environment that fosters diversity and acceptance.

I typically am a little more positive in my yearly review. However, in the current climate in the United States and with some of the stories that have been relayed to the Grand Council, I feel obligated to speak frankly. As the president, I am thankful that others have spoken up in the face of adversity and that others have felt comfortable approaching each of the members of our Grand Council to share concerns. I hope that we can continue to identify our opportunities for change and growth, especially as we continue to gain more and more interest from other veterinary schools. I know that ΩΤΣ provides the opportunity for each of you to be your best. Let’s ensure that we provide the same opportunities to others around us.


Seth Vredenburg
Kappa '10

Grand Council 2019

This year, Grand Council will be on September 27–29 at the Eta Chapter in Athens, Georgia.

Further details, including itinerary, will be forthcoming.

2018 Grand Council Chapter Award Recipients

John P. Donahoe Award (Sustained Excellence): Beta Chapter T.C. Fitzgerald Memorial Progress Award (Most Improved Chapter): Rho Chapter Robert Vesper Award (Community Service): Theta Chapter Grand Council Attendance Award: Delta chapter John C. Gordon Awards J Jenni Bridges B’20, Courtney Plazek K’21, Lindsay Hannah O’20 Gonzo Olympics Award: Delta Chapter

John P. Donahue (Sustained Excellence):
Beta Chapter, Cornell U.

T. C. Fitzgerald (Most Improved Chapter):
Rho Chapter, Midwestern U.

Robert Vesper (Community Service):
Theta Chapter, U. Illinois

Grand Council Attendance Award:
Delta Chapter, U. Guelph

2018 Gordon Award Recipients:
Jenni Bridges, Β’20
Courtney Plazek, Κ’21
Lindsay Hannah, Ο’20

Gonzo Olympics Award:
Delta Chapter, U. Guelph

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