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CVHS House System Rules

Vetters | House Cup | Logging Points

Vetters

Each house shall have Vetters (“leaders”) representing the faculty, staff, and student body. Based off the German word for cousin, a “Vetter” in the OSU House System is a leader and friend to all.

Recommended Vetters:

  • Two Faculty (ideally from two different CVM departments)
  • One Staff member
  • One veterinary student from each class

Vetter Selection:

  • House Vetters will volunteer to be considered as a Vetter for the house in January of each year for students and every other January (even years) for faculty and staff.
  • Each student, staff member, and faculty member who is interested in being a House Vetter will complete a short application. This application should include a paragraph explaining WHY the individual desires to be a House Vetter. There should be NO mention of scholastic achievements, other accomplishments, leadership roles, or CVM club organization involvement/officer roles in the Vetter application.

Selection of Student Vetters (January of each year, one year term):

  • Faculty and Staff Vetters for each house will read the student Vetter applications (blinded to the student name) and will choose a Vetter for the coming year. How the Vetter is chosen can be determined by each individual House.
    • Example: Determining all are acceptable potential Vetters and then drawing randomly out of a hat.  Or determine best potential Vetter based on application.
  • Student Vetters must have a GPA equal to or greater than 2.5 in order to be considered.
  • Student Vetters will be described by their graduation year (eg; Class of 2020 Vetter)
  • There is no limit on number of terms a Student Vetter can serve.

Selection of Faculty and Staff Vetters (two year term):

  • Student Vetters for each house will read the faculty and staff Vetter applications (blinded to the staff and faculty names) and will choose a Vetter for the coming term (two years). How the Vetter is ultimately chosen can be determined by each individual House.
    • Example: Determining all are acceptable potential Vetters and then drawing randomly out of a hat. Or determine best potential Vetter based on application.
  • Faculty and Staff Vetters will be chosen every other January (even years: 2020, 2022, 2024, 2026, etc)
  • There is no limit on number of terms a Faculty or Staff Vetter can serve.

Role and responsibilities of a Vetter

Faculty Vetter Role:

Known loosely as the “head of household,” the Faculty Vetters are responsible for overseeing the house in a supervisory role.

  • Assist the other Vetters in organizing social events for the house.
  • Ensure that events associated with the OSU CVM House System, both on and off campus, are conducted in a professional manner that would be well received by the public.
  • Support members of their house both professionally and personally, acting as a mentor and leader.
  • Help to bridge the gap between staff/house officers/graduate students and veterinary students.
  • Should ensure that the House Vetters meet at least twice a semester (approximately every two months) to discuss house activities and other house matters.
  • Attend the monthly Wellness Committee meetings to give updates on the House activities, discuss any concerns, etc.

Staff Vetter Role:

  • Assist the other Vetters in organizing social events for the house. A reminder that activities should promote well-being, inclusion, and camaraderie.
  • Manage social media accounts for the house
  • Each house is encouraged to define responsibilities of each student Vetter at the beginning of each term. These specific responsibilities are flexible and may be tailored to the needs of each house.
    • Examples of responsibilities include: social media guru, social butterfly
  • Support members of their house both professionally and personally, acting as a leader for the house.
  • Should ensure that the House Vetters meet at least twice a semester (approximately every two months) to discuss house activities and other house matters.

House Cup

The House Cup is a friendly and civil competition that rewards the house with the most points at the end of the “House Cup Year.”
The “House Cup Year” will run from Spring to Spring (~April to April), during which time there will be many opportunities for houses to accumulate points (both as a group and as individuals).

Opportunities to earn individual points:

Type of Activity Points Limitations
Participation in a Community Service Activity or Event One point Must be a nonprofit event
Attend a seminar related to wellness One point  

CVHS community related activities such as, Open House, Operation CatNip, Grandparent’s Day, Blood drive, etc.

One point You cannot receive points if you are being paid for attending or working the event (e.g. student ambassador)
Host or organize an event for your specific house One point A minimum of 10 members from your house must attend

Opportunities to earn group house points:

  1. The house with the most participation and/or hours of attendance at a CVM associated or community service event (e.g. blood drive, FFA, Relay for Life, etc) will receive five points for their house. The team with the second most participation and/or hours of attendance will receive three points. The team with the third most participation and/or hours of attendance will receive one point.
  2. If the CVHS associated event involves a competition (beyond participation/attendance), the winning house will receive five points. The second place house will receive three points. The third place house will receive one point. Examples of competition related events might include trivia, volleyball tournament, chili cook-off, etc.

How to Log Points

Navigate to the Recording House Points form and complete all the fields to log points.