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Welcome to the November 2010 edition of the Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.
To make sure the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society best serves the alumni and college, the current board, with the advice and support of Dean Lonnie King, is working through a process for strategic planning. The plan will enable the Alumni Society to set organizational goals and create a strategy for reaching those goals. As part of this process all alumni are asked to complete a survey about the Alumni Society whether or not they are society members. These survey results will help guide the strategic planning process. The survey will only take about five to 10 minutes to complete. The deadline for completion is December 8.
Lonnie J. King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair of Veterinary Medicine, recently accepted the appointment to be the lead dean for the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) program at The Ohio State University. This organization continues to be an example of the future of research, serving to showcase interdisciplinary programs across six collaborating colleges within Ohio State, with more than 150 faculty working together on common themes in infectious disease.
The faculty and staff of The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center's Hospital for Companion Animals are honored to have again received accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). AAHA accreditation follows a comprehensive evaluation of the hospital's facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management. Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have received this accreditation.
The 5th annual Greyhounds Rock symposium held during the last weekend of October attracted more than 100 participants. Though the event benefits Greyhound cancer research, it was open to all breeds and addressed canine topics applicable to the general population. The Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program's Dr. C. Guillermo Couto, conducted a keynote session. He is the founder of Veterinarians for Retired Racing Greyhounds and is a globally-recognized leader in Greyhound cancer research and treatment.
The second annual Companion Animal Remembrance Ceremony, which took place this past June, is part of The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center's Honoring the Bond Program, a unique outreach service made possible in part through an endowment created in 2004 by the Schoedinger family, providers of funeral services in Central Ohio for more than 150 years. Program Coordinator Joelle Nielsen (MSW, 1998) first learned about Honoring the Bond during the terminal illness of her cat, Kino. Program founder Dr. Jennifer Brandt was a much-needed source of solace and information, and Joelle knew she wanted to be part of the program.
Dr. Jan Krehbiel visited our college on October 28, 2010 to update the college on the efforts of the North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC). The NAVMEC was launched in 2009 by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). During the past year, three national meetings hosted by the NAVMEC brought together more than 100 stakeholders in veterinary medical education, accreditation, and licensure.
The Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work, which recognizes a local health officer for outstanding creativity and innovation, was awarded this year to Dr. Harvey R. Crowder. The award is given by the American Public Health Association and was presented at the Association's 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.
Dr. Albert "Bud" or "Doc" A. Strouss died October 23, 2010. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1924. He attended Cornell University and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Strouss was a World War II veteran, who enlisted in the Cavalry, and later became a pilot. He was a practicing small animal and equine veterinarian in the Columbus and New Albany area for 34 years. His greatest love was caring for animals. Never in his career did he turn away an animal in need, no matter the circumstances. Dr. Strouss was an avid polo player for the Mahoning Valley Polo Club and later the Del Rancho Polo Club in Columbus, Ohio. He is survived by his companion of many years, Sylvia Snabl. Together they enjoyed time on their beloved farm. He is also survived by his children, Patty Malin of Mason, Ohio, David Strouss of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Sandra Strouss of Baltimore, Maryland; his grandchildren, Ashley, Samantha, Caroline, Allison, and Justin; and his former wife, Lillian Cadiff Strouss. Dr. Strouss will be truly missed by many friends, including Michael Hayes, and Jim and Eric Snabl. The family requests donations be made to either the Columbus Jewish Foundation, 1175 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209; horse rescue organizations, either Victoria Goss, Last Chance Corral, 5350 US 33, South Athens, Ohio 45701; or Hope 4 Horses, www.Hope4Horses.org; c/o Tracy Strouss, 45 Candlewood Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938.