Connect to Veterinary Medicine: April, 2007

April 2007

Welcome to the April 2007 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Measures of College success: Accreditation and Rankings

Last month, two independent measures of excellence demonstrated the continuing success of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine: the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE) granted a seven-year accreditation to the college; and U.S. News and World Report issued its annual ranking of graduate schools, in which Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine climbed from 6th to 5th in the nation among veterinary colleges.

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Successful Research Day

The annual "Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day" commonly called "Research Day" was the biggest ever with 97 graduate and professional student participants. The increase in research posters was attributed to the more than 60 percent increase in professional student participation from 14 students last year to 23 this year.

List of students recognized for research excellence with a $600 travel grant, sponsored by the Alumni Society

Can better imaging predict heart failure?

Dogs are now being enrolled in a clinical study that seeks to utilize cardiac ultrasound to identify and stage congestive heart failure (CHF) in dogs. Dogs with asymptomatic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and degenerative mitral valve disease (MVD) and dogs with CHF caused by MVD or DCM will be enrolled. Any dog with DCM or MVD unless treated with high doses of diuretics and no concurrent systemic disease is eligible. Benefits for dog owners include low cost examinations (50 percent cost reduction for the first visit and free second visit), short scheduling and waiting times, and important contribution to a research study that can improve the health of dogs. The results of this study may help to earlier diagnose CHF, better stratify cardiovascular risk, tailor therapy to specific dog needs, and reduce the exposure of personnel and animals to the ionizing radiation required for repeated thoracic radiography. Contact: Karsten Schober, DVM, PhD (614) 292-3551 or schober [dot] 4 [at] osu [dot] edu or Laura Spayd, senior cardiovascular technician, (614) 292-3551.

Continuing Education offerings

The Office of Continuing Education has many interesting and valuable sessions coming up in the next few months:

Sad news about James R. Richards

Known as Cornell's Kitty Doctor, Ohio State Alumnus James R. Richards, DVM (1979), age 58, died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He served as the director of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine's Feline Health Center and was a nationally recognized expert in cat care. Faculty at Ohio State knew him as a warm, supportive colleague. In a small, close-knit profession like veterinary medicine, his loss will be felt by many.

Details of his biography

OVMA Announces New President and Distinguished Award Winners

During the 2007 Midwest Veterinary Conference held in February, Robert Knapp, DVM (1992), was installed as the 2007-2008 President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA); and "Distinguished Service Awards" were presented to Drs. Harry Conley (1956), Karen Heinzerling-Fu (1999), and Ana Hill.

A 1992 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Knapp is a small animal veterinarian at the Knapp Veterinary Hospital, Inc. in Columbus. He has previously served on numerous OVMA Committees, as the OVMA liaison to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, and 1st Vice-President and 2nd Vice-President for the OVMA. He resides in Dublin with his wife, Mara Kaye, and their three children.

The "Distinguished Service Award" recognizes exemplary service, commitment, and dedication to the veterinary community. Dr. Harry Conley was recognized for his involvement with the OVMA's Peer Review Committee, which investigates and seeks to resolve concerns between clients and veterinarians that principally reflect breakdowns in communication. A 1956 graduate of the CVM, he currently practices at the Belle Pet Clinic in Bellecenter, OH. Dr. Conley resides in Bellecenter, OH with his wife Lee Ellen.

Dr. Karen Heinzerling-Fu was recognized for developing the OVMA's Leadership Institute. The OVMA Leadership Institute works towards "bridging opportunity, service, and community" by developing programming and criteria for an emerging leadership institute program for recent graduates. A 1999 graduate of the college, Dr. Heinzerling-Fu currently practices with Knapp Veterinary Hospital, Inc. and resides in Columbus, OH with her husband Vincent Fu, DVM, and their two sons.

Dr. Ana Hill was recognized for her instrumental influence with the OVMA's Pre-Veterinary Medicine Conference. This annual, day long conference is built to address the questions that arise among those trying to make a decision to pursue veterinary medicine as a career. A faculty lecturer in The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences, she graduated from the University of California, Davis, earning a DVM in 1986 and earned a PhD in small animal nutrition in 2002. She resides in Westerville, OH with her husband.

Vet Med in the News

Large animal veterinarians in the news

A first-page story in the Sunday, March 25, 2007 Dayton Daily News featured large animal veterinarian and alumna Dr. Lavinia Hutlgren, who practices in South Lebanon. The story was also picked up by the Ohio AP Newswire, and ONN:

  • OSU vet school tries to promote livestock specialty, AP via Plain Dealer March 25, 2007
  • Also ONN: Veterinary school plans for livestock specialist shortage

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 6, Annual Golf Outing

The College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society will hold its annual golf outing on Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at the Foxfire Golf Club in Lockbourne, Ohio. The golf outing is a great opportunity to reunite with friends and enjoy a day of golf. Sponsored in part by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the event includes 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format, lunch and a reception with dinner and awards. Each golfer’s fee will include a tax deductible donation of $15.00 to the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society Scholarship Fund. Additional (non- golfing) guests are welcome at the dinner and awards ceremony. Reservations must be received by May 25.

More information

And now for something a little different...
Alumni Reunion weekend is extended to three days of activities!

Plan to join your colleagues and classmates for the 2007 Alumni Reunion Weekend September 6-8. New activities for 2007 include a special continuing education opportunity for Thursday, September 6, followed by a wine tasting that evening. On Friday, September 7, you can participate in university-sponsored activities as well our traditional class reunions, dinner and auctions, held at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café. On Saturday, September 8, come for the Alumni Society Board Meeting and join Dean Tom Rosol for a "State of the College" address. After the meeting, enjoy a tailgate barbecue, followed by the Ohio State vs. Akron football game. Registration information for all activities will be distributed in July.