Connect to Veterinary Medicine: December 2012

Upcoming Events

Dec. 7 Skull Session Celebration to honor Buckeye football champions

Join the Skull Session Celebration for the undefeated 12-0 Buckeye Football Team at St. John Arena on Friday, December 7, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The program will feature a concert by the OSU Marching Band and a performance by the OSU Spirit Squads to honor Coach Urban Meyer and the 12-0 undefeated and Leaders Division champion Buckeye Football Team! The public is welcome, and free tickets can be reserved in advance. Ticket information. (All floor seats will be reserved for students and the Marching Band.)

News at the College

Ohio State canine anticancer drug research has human-health impact

Ohio State researchers are integrating studies of anticancer drugs for canines into the development of drugs for humans for the benefit of both. Read the article about the collaborative work between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the University's Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

New Video Features Campus-wide Life Sciences Research Collaboration

At Ohio State, twenty-five graduate programs connect across disciplines to do "team science" research in the life sciences. A new Life Sciences Network video spotlights the faculty, graduate students, and others who are advancing research in the life sciences at Ohio State. Watch the video.

Vet student publishes article in Veterinary Ophthalmology journal

Amanda Sherman, a fourth-year veterinary student, was the lead author of an article published online and scheduled for later print publication in the journal Veterinary Ophthalmology. The article was written in collaboration with several researchers from the College of Veterinary Medicine including Joshua Daniels, assistant professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences; David Wilkie, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Ophthalmology; and Elizabeth Lutz, a resident in Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The case report, entitled Actinomyces bowdenii ulcerative keratitis in a dog, outlined the care of a five-year-old diabetic dog who developed several complications following cataract surgery. The bacterium Actinomyces bowdenii, which has never before been cited as a cause of ocular infection, was isolated in culture and identified through rDNA sequencing. Its presence was attributed to an immunosuppressed corneal environment. While the bacterium was resistant to three fluoroquinolone drugs, a resistance not previously reported for this species of infection, the infection was managed with a superficial keratectomy with conjunctival graft. More information.

"Career Areas of Emphasis" encourage exploration;
DVM Student hooked on aquatic veterinary medicine

Fish have really caught on with Stephen Reichley, DVM Class of 2013. Reichley has developed a special interest in aquatic veterinary medicine which deals with health-related issues affecting fish. Fourth-year veterinary students at Ohio State have the chance to explore individualized "Career Areas of Emphasis" during 14 to 16 weeks of their clinical rotations. While still tied to his long-time interest in small animal care, Reichley's nontraditional study focus has taken him around the world to gain clinical experience. He published an article about his work in the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association Aquatic Vet News, 2012 third quarter issue. Read more.

Grad leads veterinary mission in Ethiopia

Heather Stone, a Captain in the US Army Reserve who received both her DVM and MPH-VPH degrees from Ohio State, served as veterinarian and officer-in-charge in a Veterinary Civic Action Program October 22-28 in the town of Hirna, Ethiopia. The mission provided continuing education for the local animal health workers to help them maintain healthy flocks for local farmers' cattle, sheep, and goats in the future. Read more.

In Memoriam

Lynda Collins Kelley

Lynda Collins Kelley (DVM '81) passed away in November. Born in Georgia, she was the daughter of Emma Janet Highfil Collins and the late William Henry Collins. While earning her DVM, she was selected for the OSU Program for Academic Excellence for Women and elected to the OSU Task Force for Professional Schools. She earned her PhD in veterinary pathology from the University of Georgia, received the National Resident Research Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and was elected to the veterinary honor society Phi Zeta. In 1987, she became a pathologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and later became a senior scientist for the USDA. In 2002, she earned the USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Heroism and Emergency Response. In 2003, she became the strategic manager for research for the Food Safety Inspection Services of the USDA, a position she held until the time of her death. Dr. Kelley was the 2012 recipient of the Dr. Daniel E. Salmon Award for Exemplary Achievement in Federal Veterinary Medicine. She received an extensive list of additional awards and recognitions. She is survived by her mother, Emma Collins; her children, Anna Rebecca Kelley and John Guthrie Kelley; her brother, William Henry Collins Jr.; and her nephew, Justin Collins.

Dale E. Walters

Dale E. Walters (DVM '52) passed away in November. He was born on August 19, 1927 in Beallsville, Ohio, the son of the late Emory and Lena (Mercer) Walters. He graduated from Beallsville High School in 1944, and then served his country as a United States Navy medical corpsman from 1946-1947. He graduated first in his class from The Ohio State University College Veterinary Medicine. On December 26, 1953, he married the love of his life, Evelyn (Blue). Dr. Walters practiced veterinary medicine for over 50 years, and he also owned Sugar Valley Farm where he raised Champion race horses. Two horses he was especially proud of were Saccharrum, who made over $850,000 and was inducted into the Ohio Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2011, as well as Sugar Valley Dudly. Both horses were trained and driven by his son, Billy. Dr. Walters was a member of AAEP, OVMA, USTA, OHHA and the Old Stone Presbyterian church. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; his daughter, Linda (Gary) Mays; his son, Bill (Debbie); grandsons, Joe (Patty) and Jason McLead; great grandson, William; brother, Don; sisters, Hilda and Joan (Bob); and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Audrey.