Connect to Veterinary Medicine: March 2012

News at the College

Dr. Lonnie KingDean King Awarded Melcher Leadership Award

Dr. Lonnie King, dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently awarded the 2012 AAVMC Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The award was established in 2007 to honor former Senator John Melcher who was the first veterinarian to be elected to the U.S. Senate and also the first person to receive the award. Dr. King received the award for the leadership he has demonstrated throughout his career in government and academia. Read more about Dr. King and the Melcher Leadership Award.

National Pet Dental Health Month

February was National Pet Dental Health Month, and the College of Veterinary Medicine participated by raising awareness of oral disease in dogs and cats. Additionally, the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) welcomed a dental specialist, Dr. Keith Stein, to our highly trained staff. Dr. Stein is board certified by the American Veterinary Dental College and is available to provide routine and advanced dental procedures in our newly renovated dental suites. Read more about National Pet Dental Health Month at Ohio State and dental services that the VMC provides.

Changes Coming to Pet Loss Hotline

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine was one of the first colleges in the country to offer a pet loss support line. This service, which offered counseling to those who were grieving the loss of a pet, has now been duplicated at many universities and private agencies. As a result, the number of clients utilizing our service has decreased over the last several years. An increase in education about pet loss, as well as new available resources, has also contributed to the decreased use of this service. Due to the low number of clients served by the hotline, as of May 31 the service will be discontinued. Program coordinator for Honoring the Bond, Joelle Nielsen notes, "I am confident that callers will continue to be served through our other resources."

Archie Griffin Addresses the Ohio State Alumni Association

In a recent address, Archie Griffin, president of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, discussed some of the ways that Ohio State is celebrating our alumni. The "But for Ohio State" project is just one outlet Ohio State is using to highlight the achievements and contributions that Ohio State alumni are making to society. Additionally, Griffin introduced the concept of "The High Points," a document designed to give alumni a quick look at the amazing research and innovations happening across campus. Please read Archie's Message for the full story.

Updates from the Office of Continuing Education

Upcoming CE Conferences:

  • Infectious Disease Conference
    • Date: March 17-18, 2012
    • Location: The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center
    • Course Fee: $195
    • Description: Join us for a special two-day conference that features new information on important infectious diseases of dogs and cats. The material will be presented by clinical infectious disease experts from small animal teaching hospitals across North America. Attendees will be brought up to date with information on topics such as canine infectious respiratory disease, vector-borne infectious diseases of dogs and cats, bartonellosis, antibiotic susceptibility test interpretation, fungal disease, and vaccination. The emphasis will be on information that is relevant to small animal practice. This is a unique event that should not be missed. The conference is designed for veterinarians, and technicians are also welcome. 12 CE hours
  • International Camelid Health Conference
    • Date: March 21-25, 2012
    • Location: The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center
    • Course fee: $800 with the lab, $750 without the lab
    • Description: This course is open to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Five days of intense seminar for all levels of camelid practice. Practitioners entering camelid practice as well as seasoned veterans will benefit from this exhaustive state-of-the-art CE conference featuring world experts in the field of camelid medicine and surgery. 42 CE hours
  • Joint Stabilization with Anchors Conference
    • Date: March 31, 2012
    • Location: The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center
    • Course fee: $750
    • Description: This course is a lecture/laboratory experience with the objective of providing in depth exposure to common rear limb instability problems veterinary practitioners experience in daily practice. Topics such as cranial cruciate ligament injury, meniscal injury, patellar luxation, collateral ligament injury, pre-emptive pain management, and rehabilitation will be addressed. Clinical findings as well as diagnostic and treatment methods will be discussed using a case based format for each topic. 8 CE hours

To view brochures for these and other continuing education courses, or to register for a course please visit the College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Continuing Education.

Alumni Updates

Associate Veterinarian position available in North Carolina

A small animal practice in Brevard, NC (just outside of Asheville) is seeking a DVM associate with fast potential to become partner. Please contact Dr. Kathy Raybuck for more information: Animals of Eden Veterinary Hospital, 65 Cassell Rd., Brevard, NC, (828) 884-3647

Upcoming Events

Annual Open House

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine will open its doors to the public once again. This year's Annual Open House will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine). Activities include informational seminars, animal demonstrations, and the Children's Activity Center. While admission to the event it free, we are asking attendees to bring a pet food item to donate. All pet food collected will be donated to local animal shelters. Additionally, online pre-registration for the Open House is highly recommended. Visit the website for more information about the Open House and to pre-register for this event.

Save the date for the Annual Golf Outing!

Join us for a day of golf that benefits our scholarship endowment. The 2012 Annual Golf Outing will take place on Monday, June 25. It will be held on the beautiful Scarlet Course of the Ohio State University Golf Club (3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH 43221). More information is available on the Alumni Society website. We hope to see you there!

In Memoriam

Edward L. Lepley (DVM 1965)

Dr. Edward L. Lepley, 73, passed away in January. He was born October 10, 1938 in Bellevue, Ohio the son of James Edward and Leona Catherine Lepley. Ed graduated from Bellevue High School in 1956 where he still holds several athletic records. Ed served in the United States Army for two years, and following his service, Ed enrolled at The Ohio State University where he earned his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. He then moved to Denmark, England and later set up a poultry research facility located outside Barcelona for the Spanish Government. While in England he contracted with the province of Alberta to help eradicate Brucella abortus. When Ed moved back to the U.S. he established a number of practices over the years including the Waterford Veterinary Hospital, Riversbend Animal Hospital, Cedar Springs Animal Hospital, and his current practice in Howard City. Ed held a specialty degree in veterinary dentistry and his professional memberships included: the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Dental Society, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and the West Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Sharron; his son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Tamara and their children, Mallory and Grant; a brother, S.J.Lepley; three sisters, Suzette Marie Green, Sandra Dillon, Gail (James) Miller; two brothers-in-law, Eugene Sanders and Al Flicker; sister-in-law, Carol Lepley; and many nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James D. Lepley, John K. Lepley; three sisters, Jacqueline Sanders, Marilyn Fox, and Catherine "Kitty" Flicker.