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.

ΩΤΣ 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.

ΩΤΣ 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.

ΩΤΣ 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.

Meeting our new president

Lauren Bufe, Ρ’21

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and earned my bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University in 2015. After graduating, I worked as a lab technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston studying lung cancer before pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. In 2017, I moved to Arizona to attend Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. I pledged the Rho Chapter of ΩΤΣ within my first few weeks of vet school, and became very involved in the chapter from the start, serving as vice president and later president. After graduating in 2021, I joined a local small animal general practice as an associate veterinarian. My professional interests include dermatology and preventative medicine.

I have a handsome Lab-mix named Bo, a goofy (yet adorable) Golden Retriever named Judy, and a wonderful fiance, Kyle. On my days off, I stay busy by hiking, running, or cheering on my beloved New England sports teams from across the country.

ΩΤΣ Grand Council President’s Report

The past several years have truly challenged us all as individuals and as an organization. Many chapters have struggled with membership, engagement, or finances. A few chapters continue to struggle and are in jeopardy of becoming inactive. Others had difficulty with communication and the transition of power. Chapters with houses are struggling with the upkeep and management of them.

And, while we still face some of these challenges, I remain optimistic for the years ahead. This last year has shown me how resilient our chapters can be. Some chapters have begun to rediscover old traditions that were thought to be lost, and others have started to regrow after major losses. Although we are not completely out of the woods yet, I am extremely proud of our active members for working so hard to keep the chapters running during times that can sometimes feel difficult to navigate. My hope for all of our members is that Omega Tau Sigma can help to make navigating their journey through veterinary school and their career as a veterinarian more enjoyable. All of my favorite memories in veterinary school are those with ΩΤΣ, and I want to share that experience with our chapters.

I have learned a lot in my first year as your president, and I plan to use that knowledge to better myself as a leader of ΩΤΣ. My goal for this next year is to help strengthen and support every chapter so that they can continue to be successful. I want to increase communication between the Grand Council executive board, chapters, and alumni in order to keep us all connected. I will continue to work with the rest of the executive board to rebuild those chapters that are struggling to remain active.

Alumni support for our chapters is so important. Donations to the Grand Council and the ΩΤΣ Charitable Fund will continue to strengthen our organization and our chapters as they continue to rebuild after the difficulties they have faced since the pandemic. I ask that you also consider reaching out to your chapter in order to support them directly in the ways that they need it. I thank you all for your continued support and commitment to O?S, and I hope to see you all at Grand Council 2024, hosted by the Delta Chapter!

Lauren Bufe, DVM, Ρ ’21

2024 Grand Council

Grand Council 2024 will be hosted by the Delta Chapter at the University of Guelph in Canada on October 18–20, 2024. More information coming soon.

2023 Grand Council Chapter Award Recipients

John P. Donahue (Sustained Excellence):
Delta, University of Guelph

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

Robert Vesper (Community Service):
Theta, University of Illinois

2023 John C. Gordon Award Recipients

Matt Holton, Η’26

Julia Trafaconda, Ρ’26

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