Connect to Veterinary Medicine: June 2007

June 2007

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

Osteosarcoma Study Seeks Canine Participants

Dogs diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA) may be eligible to participate inf a new drug study being conducted in the College of Veterinary Medicine. This study is a multi-center national trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Comparative Oncology Program, Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium, and the Morris Animal Foundation. The purpose of this study is to define a relevant dose and dosing schedule for Rapamycin in tumor-bearing dogs. This is a dose escalation study (seven days) of Rapamycin in dogs with osteosarcoma (OSA) prior to surgery. This study is for newly diagnosed OSA patients (weight greater than 15 kg), whose owners are considering amputation/resection of the primary tumor. If interested, please go to the study website for more information. You can also contact Dr. Bill Kisseberth at 614-292-3551 (press 4 for small animal clinics, followed by 4 for oncology).

Alumni Golf Outing Biggest Ever

A perfect summer day was only one highlight of the 2007 Annual Golf Outing, sponsored by the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. This year's golf outing was also the biggest ever with 165 registered golfers, 131 of whom were available to stay for dinner. A special moment for everyone was the recognition of long-time event planners (and avid golfers) Dr. Jim Hermann and Dr. Vernon Carter, who were honored for their commitment to the event and the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society.

Check out the 2007 Alumni Golf Outing results

Student Awards and a Gift from the Class of 2007

A standing-room-only crowd enjoyed the inaugural Awards and Honors Ceremony on Saturday, June 9th in the Veterinary Medical Center auditorium. The Class of 2007 also honored the College of Veterinary Medicine with a gift to the Veterinary Medical Center: their donation of $2007.00 will go towards the new small animal hospital, which is in the "post feasibility" phase of planning.

View the complete list of award winners

Continuing Education Offerings

Below are the courses listed through December, 2007. For more information including classes listed for the first half of 2008, go to the Office for Continuing Education website or call 614-292-8727.

  • June 23-24, 2007 Small Animal Dentistry
  • July 27-28, 2007 Total Hip Replacement
  • August 25-26, 2007 Small Animal Veterinary Ultrasound
  • September 6, 2007 Alumni CE Event
  • September 15-16, 2007 Small Animal Laser Surgery
  • September 18, 2007 Small Animal CE Series: Parasite Diagnostics
  • September 29-30, 2007 Small Animal Behavior
  • October 6-7, 2007 Royal Canin/OSU Symposium on Critical Care
  • October 16, 2007 Small Animal CE Series: Neurosurgery
  • November 4, 2007 Small Animal Video Otoscopy
  • November 20, 2007 Small Animal CE Series: Dentistry
  • December 1-2, 2007 Annual Food Animal Conference
  • December 6, 2007 Equine Semen
  • December 7-9, 2007 Equine Breeding Management
  • December 18, 2007 Small Animal CE Series: Practical Pathology for the Practitioner

Alumni Updates

Three Alumni Honored at Oath and Hooding

Three alumni from the College of Veterinary Medicine were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2007 Oath and Hooding Ceremony held on June 9 in Mershon Auditorium. Recipients were further honored with a morning brunch prior to The Ohio State University commencement exercises held on June 10. Distinguished Alumni are recognized each year during Oath and Hooding and are nominated by the chairs of each of the three departments: Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Recipients this year included Dr. Linda Wolff, Dr. Kent Hoblet and Dr. Theresa Fossum. Dr. Wolff received her Ph.D. in microbiology from the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and is Head, Leukemogenesis Section, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology with the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hoblett graduated summa cum laude and first in his DVM class in 1971 and received his master's degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1984. Formerly chair of Ohio State's Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, he is now dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. Dr. Theresa Fossum completed a residency in surgery at Ohio State and completed her Master's Degree in Veterinary Anatomy in 1986. Boarded in surgery, she joined the faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A & M University in 1987 and received a Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology in 1992.

Additional details of each recipient's background

Vet Med in the News

Keeping Indoor Cats Healthy

Dr. Tony Buffington, professor of veterinary clinical sciences, presented a free lecture on tips and techniques for keeping your indoor cat happy and avoiding stress-induced disease problems. Held at the WOSU-TV studio at COSI, the presentation was recorded for later broadcast and will air on WOSU-TV on Sunday, July 1 at 1 p.m.

Visit the Indoor Cat Initiative website for more information

Sharky Spur on the Mend

Million dollar winner Sharky Spur, the 11-year-old pacer best known for winning the $200,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in 2003, suffered an injury and is being treated in the Galbreath Equine Center.

Read the story featuring Sharky Spur's surgeon, Dr. Yvonne Elce, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences

Upcoming Events

We're Counting on Your Support for the Annual Auction!

The agenda for the 2007 Reunion Weekend, scheduled for September 6, 7 and 8, is now available at the College of Veterinary Medicine Website. Additional registration information will be distributed in July. We are looking for donations to the Auction right now! If you have an item to donate, you can find a form on our website. We hope you'll remember to remind your friends of the opportunity to donate an item to the auction also. We want the 2007 auction to be the best ever.

Game Time Announced!

The start time for the football game on September 8 will be noon. The schedule for that morning includes the alumni society board meeting from 8-9:30, a "state of the college" address by Dean Tom Rosol from 9:30-10, and the annual barbecue from 10-noon.