Connect to Veterinary Medicine: October - November 2012

Upcoming Events

Alumni reception set for AAEP annual conference

At this year's American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual conference, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine will host an Alumni Reception on Monday, December 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will be held at the Anaheim Marriott, 700 W. Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802, in Grand Ballroom Salon D. Invitations for the reception will be emailed in early November.

News at the College

College launches "But for Ohio State" campaign

But for Ohio State and its College of Veterinary Medicine, key developments in animal and human health would have gone unrealized. The College of Veterinary Medicine kicked off the public phase of its fund-raising campaign on Friday, October 5, during Reunion-Homecoming Weekend.  

Key priorities for the College of Veterinary Medicine include:  Expansion and enhancement of the Veterinary Medical Center ($25 million), student scholarships ($15 million), and faculty and program support ($15 million).  Additional support is targeted for specific programs, research, facilities and equipment, with an overall goal of raising $75 million by June 30, 2016. 

Because improvements in animal health also strongly impact human health, the College of Veterinary Medicine makes a difference in animal and human health both locally and globally through new discoveries, procedures, and treatments. The college pioneers improved medical and surgical methods, provides direct care for pets and farm animals, and serves the broader community through efforts such as an animal Blood Bank and conservation partnerships with zoos and animal shelters.

More information about the "But for Ohio State" campaign is available here.

Alumni, faculty awards presented at 2012 Homecoming celebration

The College of Veterinary Medicine recognized three alumni for leadership in their profession and two faculty members for outstanding teaching during Reunion-Homecoming Weekend celebration on October 5 and 6. Alumni Society Awards were presented to three alumni: Lonnie King, DVM '70, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine; Robert Rainier, DVM '63, a research scientist for Zoetis (formally Pfizer) until his retirement; and William Flynn, DVM '91, deputy director for science policy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, David Wilkie, DVM, professor of ophthalmology in the College of Veterinary Medicine and a professor in the College of Medicine, received the Fox Teaching Award, and Laurie Millward, DVM '06, clinical assistant professor in shelter medicine and chief veterinarian for the Capital Area Humane Society, was honored with the Lyman Teaching Award.

More information about the faculty awards is available here.

Studies: Pigs look healthy but test positive for flu at fairs; Flu transmission seen between pigs and humans

Veterinary researchers at Ohio State have published two new studies showing flu transmission between pigs and humans. Andrew Bowman, DVM, a Ph.D. candidate in veterinary preventive medicine, is lead author of the studies published in the journals Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Emerging Microbes & Infections. Richard Slemons, DVM, professor of veterinary preventive medicine, is senior author of both studies.  Other co-authors of both papers included Jacqueline Nolting and Sarah Nelson of Ohio State's Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Ohio State Research News provides more information.

Award to recognize student winners in pilot communication program

A new Bayer HealthCare scholarship, the Bayer Excellence in Communication Award, encourages veterinary students to learn how to effectively communicate with pet owners. The scholarship comes out of a partnership between Bayer HealthCare Animal Health and the Institute for Healthcare Communication, and is called the Bayer Communication Project. This partnership developed a communication skills training module offered to colleges of veterinary medicine for incorporation into their curriculum. This project is piloted in eight colleges of veterinary medicine across the nation, including The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Read more about this award.

The College of Veterinary Medicine works to improve global health

Read the latest version of the CVM Global Health News and Updates for more information on the college's global health programs.

Veterinary professors teach at "One Health" Summer Institute in east Africa

Two faculty members in Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine shared their knowledge with colleagues in east Africa at Ohio State's "One Health" Summer Institute held there this past summer. The institute was led by Wondwossen Gebreyes, DVM, professor in Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine who has a joint appointment in the College of Public Health. Also teaching was Armando Hoet, DVM, clinical assistant professor of veterinary preventive medicine and director of Ohio State's Veterinary Public Health program.

More information is available here.

College of Veterinary Medicine Year in Review spotlights highlights

Highlights from the past academic year, 2011-2012, are outlined in the College of Veterinary Medicine Year in Review, now available online.

Ohio State faculty publish article on how veterinary schools fulfill the research mission of land-grant institutions

This year marked the 150th anniversary year of the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862. This seminal piece of legislation allowed for the establishment of land-grant institutions in the United States. As a means of reflecting on the impact that the land-grant system has made on veterinary medicine and how colleges of veterinary medicine have fulfilled the land-grant principles, specifically the research mission of land-grant institutions, three College of Veterinary Medicine faculty members wrote an article that was recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The article, "The role of the colleges of veterinary medicine in realizing the research mission of land-grant institutions to promote animal, human, and environmental health," was authored by Rustin Moore, DVM, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences; John Hubbell, DVM, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Lonnie King, DVM, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The article considers the far-reaching benefits of the investments in veterinary medical education and research on the well-being of animals, people, society, and the economy. Highlighted are the roles and contributions made by colleges of veterinary medicine in the advancement of science and how the colleges positively impact animal, human, and environmental health. Access the full article.

Ohio State CVM has three award winners at theriogenology conference

At this year's combined annual conference of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) and the Society for Theriogenologists (SFT), a resident and two students from the College of Veterinary Medicine were among the winners in the Dr. Jerry Rains Memorial Abstract Competition. From all abstracts submitted for the competition, the top eight scoring abstracts were selected for oral presentations during the meeting. Monetary prizes were awarded to the top four abstracts. First place award winner was Betsy Coffman, DVM, resident in Comparative Theriogenology and Reproductive Medicine. Third place went to Derek Howell, Class of 2016, and fourth place went to Brandon Forshey, Class of 2013. Read about the selected winners and their projects.

Library offers resource information for practicing veterinarians

The OSU Veterinary Medicine Library and CABI are making VetMed Resource®, an information portal designed to bring timely information to practicing veterinarians, available for FREE for five years to all OSU College of Veterinary Medicine alumni.

VetMed Resource® (VMR), produced by CABI, a non-profit international agricultural organization, provides access to more than one million references (plus abstracts) from the CAB Abstracts database – the same database that you probably used while you were studying at OSU. VMR also includes the encyclopedic Animal Health and Production Compendium (specially for agricultural animal veterinarians), as well as more than 13,000 free online full-text papers and articles from a number of veterinary conference proceedings and selected journals. For a quick view of VMR, watch a short video at:

To access this 5-year free subscription to VetMed Resource, please email librarian Jessica Page at page [dot] 84 [at] osu [dot] edu for a username and password. You can contact Jessica by either email or phone (614-688-8474) with questions about VMR, searching assistance, or any other questions you have about getting the information you need in your practice.