Connect to Veterinary Medicine: April 2006

April 2006

Welcome to Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information about the College of Veterinary Medicine!

What's going on at the college in April? In this issue, we'll talk about a professor working out in the field to track avian influenza, national recognition for alternatives in teaching veterinary medicine, the winner of the university's distinguished diversity enhancement award, student research at the college, the dean's trip to visit Iraq war survivors, and the college's alumni golf outing.

On the front line

Slemons at the forefront of avian influenza detection

Bird Flu. Avian influenza.

These terms used to be familiar only to veterinarians and wildlife experts, but now the disease has gained worldwide attention. In the past few years the virus has infected a growing number of humans living in developing countries who work closely with poultry flocks. The flu outbreaks of 1918, 1957 and 1968 are haunting reminders of the devastation a major pandemic can cause.

Dr. Richard Slemons, associate professor of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, has studied avian influenza for the majority of his career, and currently the world is very glad that he took an interest well before it became a household concern. As the H5N1 strain continues to spread, Dr. Slemons is conducting surveillance on wild birds in North America and is part of a national team investigating the changing pattern of the virus.

Read more about Dr. Slemons' involvement

Breaking ground

Smeak receives award for alternatives in teaching

Dr. Daniel Smeak, professor of veterinary clinical sciences, received the William and Eleanor Cave Award for his achievements in developing alternatives to the traditional use of animals in veterinary surgery instruction. The award was presented by the Alternatives Research and Development Foundation and cited Dr. Smeak's development of alternative surgical models and leadership in establishing the Shelter Medicine and Surgery Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Shelter Medicine and Surgery program has been extremely successful and has been a model for other veterinary schools. All fourth-year veterinary students at Ohio State complete a two-week rotation in medicine and surgery at the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

Past recipients of the Cave Award have been from testing and basic research fields as well as education.

ARDF's news release

An ambassador for diversity

Inpanbutr receives University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award

The college's faculty have received a number of university awards lately, and the latest is Dr. Nong Inpanbutr, who has received the University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award from Provost Barbara Snyder and the University Diversity Leadership Team. The award honors five individuals (faculty, staff, students, or alumni), offices, departments, or organizations that have developed and implemented programs, policies and/or procedures that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhance diversity at Ohio State.

Dr. Inpanbutr has an outstanding record of service and outreach at the college, university, national, and international levels. She is chair for the Multicultural Center Advisory Council, and has been very active in the OSU Thai student organization, where she advises and eases students into life at OSU. She is an involved member of the International Thai Professionals organization and has been invited to speak and give workshops on teaching techniques in the US and Thailand.

Congratulations, Dr. Inpanbutr!

The future of veterinary medicine

Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day

Designed to showcase the research and scholarship of students, residents and faculty, Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day was held this year on April 13. Undergraduate, professional and graduate student posters were evaluated by teams of faculty judges, and travel grants (supported by the College's Alumni Society) awarded to the best poster presentations in each of the five areas of study (immunology and infectious diseases, molecular and cellular biology, structure and function, clinical research, and epidemiology and applied research). The awards help students fund travel to a national or international scientific meeting to present their research.

After the awards presentation, Dr. Elaine Ostrander, Chief of the Cancer Genetics Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH, spoke on the “Genetic Mapping of Complex Traits in the Domestic Dog.”

See the list of poster award winners

A healing touch

Dean Rosol visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center with PAL

Dean Tom Rosol and Dr. Earl Strimple, founder of “People Animals Love” (PAL), recently visited enlisted personnel who have been seriously injured in Iraq at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Strimple, a veterinarian, early on saw the important benefits of animal companionship for people in need, such as adults and children who are institutionalized, sick or impoverished.

Dean Rosol, Dr. Strimple, PAL volunteers, and their dogs visited amputees and the seriously injured from the Iraq conflict. Most of the patients were accompanied by their family members who also help in the recovery process.

Compassionate PAL human and animal volunteers make 16,000 contacts annually with residents and patients in nursing care facilities, hospices, hospitals, schools, and other institutions. In addition to the in-hospital patient visits, PAL conducts a therapeutic horse riding program for the injured who are transported to and from nearby riding schools for the therapy.

Ready for a golf outing?

Join us on June 7

Are you aware that the OSU Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association organize an Annual Golf Outing at the Foxfire Golf Club located just south of Columbus? Drawing approximately 140 alumni and friends of the college, this scramble-format outing has become very popular with many repeat participants. With at least a dozen corporate sponsors, the majority of the players go home with a prize. The 2006 Golf Outing will be held on June 7, beginning at 10:30 a.m. A dinner and awards follow at 5:00 pm.  Download the form and register by May 30. The golf fee includes a small donation to the Veterinary Alumni Student Scholarship Fund.

For more information contact Sandra Dawkins at dawkins [dot] 12 [at] osu [dot] edu (subject: Golf%20Outing) or 614-292-9296.