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CVHS House System Rules

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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 or two staff members
  • Two veterinary students 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).

There are four events, two in the fall and two in the spring.

Points for each event will be assigned as follows:

  • 1st place: 5 points
  • 2nd place: 3 points
  • 3rd place: 2 points
  • 4th place: 1 point

There are also points for community service. Each community service project completed will earn that house 1 point.