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Welcome to the June 2010 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.
On June 17, Shawna Abrams, a 4th year veterinary student, lost her home and everything in it to a fire. Fortunately, she, her husband, and their 6-month-old baby, David, were safe. They are still collecting needed items and Dr. Jennifer Brandt, assistant director in the Office of Student Affairs, is helping collect the items they still need.
Dr. Christopher Adin, assistant professor of Small Animal Surgery in The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, was selected by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) for a KL2 Scholar Career Development award. Highly competitive, the award is funded by the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award to The Ohio State University. The CCTS Career Development Program (KL2) provides salary support and protected time for highly-qualified junior faculty to conduct multidisciplinary clinical or translational research.
The Ohio State University Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (GHWP) launched a new website. This members-only site offers news and information to veterinarians and Greyhound owners, trainers, and others interested in the breed. Membership fees give members access to the newsletter, an on-line consultation service, and the latest information and research on Greyhound health and medicine. Fees also support health studies in Greyhounds, continue to provide chemotherapy at no cost for retired racers, provide financial support to owners who cannot afford health care for their greyhounds if their dogs are evaluated and treated at Ohio State, organize the Ohio State Annual Greyhound/Sighthound Conference, and publish and disseminate current information on Greyhound health care.
On June 12, the College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed 140 new veterinarians to the profession. Students were recognized on Saturday morning in the Veterinary Medical Center auditorium at the Honors and Awards ceremony hosted by the Office of Student Affairs. View the list of the 2010 graduates. On Saturday evening, students met at Mershon Auditorium for the annual Oath and Hooding ceremony. They received the hood signifying their scholarly accomplishments, and then recited the Oath that signifies their official entry into the field. In addition to recognizing students, the college also recognized two outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as several faculty members who received special awards.
Now in its third year, the Safe Summer program offers solutions to the problem of pet abandonment by college students. Last spring, with the help of the veterinary school community, several animals were transported to the Capital Area Humane Society and countless questions were answered on what to do with unwanted pets. Through education, the Safe Summer program hopes to decrease the number of pets that are abandoned when students leave for the summer.
Clients and friends of The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center gathered at the College of Veterinary Medicine on June 5 for the second annual "Remembrance Ceremony," honoring the lives pets that have died during the past year. More than 125 people attended the event, several from out of state.
Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Dr. Tony Buffington, professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences were both quoted about the current cat over population problem in Central Ohio in The Columbus Dispatch story, "So many kittens without a home."
Please join us for the Alumni Reception at the 147th AVMA Annual Convention at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 on Monday, August 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in rooms M103 - M105. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. Mingle with your colleagues and hear an update on college activities.
Dr. Michael Lairmore, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies, and professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, has formed a College of Veterinary Medicine Pelotonia Team, and we invite you to participate with us! Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. Every dollar raised through this event goes directly to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The College of Veterinary Medicine has many productive partnerships with the Ohio State Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our mission is to improve the care and treatment of veterinary oncology patients and human cancer patients through interdisciplinary collaborative efforts within the college, the Ohio State campus and across the country.
Last year's inaugural Pelotonia raised $4.5 million and was the experience of a lifetime for many who participated. The funds raised will change the lives of patients and their families. Routes range from 23 miles to 180 miles. Please consider joining our team, volunteering to help with the event and donating to the college peloton. Every rider commits to raising $1,000 to $2,500, depending on their route. Members of teams support each other's fundraising goals.
The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled September 10-12, 2010 and this year, we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the college. The annual Friday class reunions, banquet and auctions will be held at the newly opened Ohio Union. The Buckeyes’ football game on Saturday, September 11 features a matchup against the Miami Hurricanes. The Ohio State University Alumni Association is providing a limited number of tickets to the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. A lottery will be held with preference given to alumni celebrating reunions (1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005). You must be a member of both The Ohio State University Alumni Association AND the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society to be eligible to purchase tickets to the game. Game tickets will be sold with the Saturday alumni tailgate event only. Additional details will be coming in July.
Members of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society will receive applications for the football ticket lottery after July 5. If you are a lottery winner, you must be a member of both The Ohio State University Alumni Association AND the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society to be eligible to purchase and receive tickets to the game. Instructions for submitting your application and payment are enclosed in that mailing. The registration brochure for weekend activities will be mailed to all alumni in mid-July.
The College of Veterinary Medicine Office of the Alumni Director has contracted with PCI to produce an alumni directory. This company produced our last two directories, which were printed in 2001 and 2006. Alumni should expect to receive a postcard followed by a phone call, with a request to confirm contact information for the directory. Alumni will also have the opportunity to purchase the directory, including a CD version. PCI is a for-profit company and this project is funded through the sales of the directories.
A change in requirements to federal accreditation for veterinarians takes effect soon. You must submit the accreditation application before the August 2, 2010 deadline or risk loss of accreditation not only in Ohio but any other state. If you are now accredited but have not yet applied for continued Veterinary Accreditation, you can find the details at the APHIS web site.