Connect to Veterinary Medicine: March, 2007

March 2007

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

Dr. Neer named Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Charles A. Neer, DVM '63, clinical associate veterinarian in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, has been named Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA). The award recognizes Dr. Neer’s dedication and service to the veterinary profession, the OVMA, and animal welfare. He has served The Ohio State University for nearly 25 years, providing professional veterinary students with courses that explore the business side of practicing veterinary medicine. A 1963 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Neer served as Captain of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and owned a mixed animal practice in Bellevue, Ohio prior to joining Ohio State as a faculty member in 1982. His community and state involvement also includes supporting the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Pet Loss Hotline Support Program, serving on the board of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, and working with the Capital Area Humane Society.

CVM graduate elected Ohio State board chair

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees unanimously elected G. Gilbert Cloyd, DVM '69 of Cincinnati, as the 2007-2009 chair at its March meeting. Dr. Cloyd will serve as chair-elect until the board’s May meeting when he will take office as chair for a two-year term. Dr. Cloyd, a Cleveland native and 1969 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, is chief technology officer of Procter & Gamble. In this capacity, he has overall functional responsibility for P&G's global research and development organization, consisting of 9,000 employees in 28 technical centers around the world.

Ohio State news release

State of the College address available on the Web

Dean Tom Rosol delivered a "State of the College" address to a standing-room-only crowd of faculty and staff on March 8. The PowerPoint slides and a streaming video of his talk are available on the College of Veterinary Medicine web site.

Greyhound Newsletter

The Greyhound Health and Wellness Program developed a newsletter for Greyhound owners and veterinarians. Distributed for the first time in early March, the newsletter has already garnered much positive support.

You can see it at: http://vet.osu.edu/GHWPnews.htm

CVM alumnus to return to space

Richard Linnehan DVM '85 has been selected by NASA to return to space at the end of 2007 in mission STS-123, the 25th shuttle mission to the International Space Station. This will be Dr. Linnehan’s fourth trip to space.

Spotlight on student achievements
Students funded by the Morris Animal Foundation

The Morris Animal Foundation selected two Ohio State Veterinary students for the Veterinary Student Scholar Program for 2007. Hillary Voris, VME I, won for her project in Companion Animal Research, "Activity of Decitabine, a Demethylating Agent on Tumor Suppressor Genes in Canine Lymphoma." Her mentor is Dr. Laura Rush in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. The other winner is Stacy Dralle, VME II, with a project focused on Wildlife/Special Species Research, "Prevalence of Diabetes in Captive Tamandua in AZA Institutions." Her mentor is Dr. Pam Dennis in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Each student will receive a $4,000 stipend for summer research.

VBMA recognizes Ohio State's chapter

In January, officers from Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) chapters across the nation convened at the North American Veterinary Conference to participate in leadership training, lectures, experiential learning, and strategic planning sessions. During these events, five of the 22 VBMA chapters were chosen to receive awards, and the Ohio State University chapter was honored to accept an award for "Best Marketing." National officers complimented the Ohio State chapter on their dedication to promoting events to all students. The chapter membership just voted to add a fifth officer position, a Director of Marketing, in order to stimulate more interest among students and in the professional community. In addition to the Best Marketing award, the SAVMA Economics, Finance, and Management Committee (EFMC) awarded VBMA the Club Excellence award. The award includes recognition in the form of $750 for use by the group. In addition, the applicant, Laurel Miller, received $50 to recognize her efforts. VBMA activities include dozens of hours of educational and special events programming annually.

For more information, please visit the OSU VBMA web site.

Vet Med in the News

Pet food recall update

The recall of several varieties of pet food following the reported serious illness and even death of nearly a dozen companion animals generated lots of concern and questions. For the most up-to-date information for veterinarians, please refer to the web site of the AVMA at www.avma.org. Many local and national media also contacted experts here in the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Upcoming events

Wednesday, April 4: Veterinary Forensics and Animal Cruelty Investigations

Presented by Melinda Merck, DVM and Forensics Consultant for the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and recently featured in People magazine.
Noon – 1pm, Veterinary Hospital Auditorium, "Veterinary Forensics: Recognition of Abuse and Examination of the Live Victim," all faculty, staff and students are welcome.
5 pm – 6pm, Veterinary Hospital Auditorium, Presentation for Shelter Medicine and Pathology Clubs, "Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigations and the Role of the Veterinary Practitioner"

Saturday, April 14, Annual Open House

The annual Open House for middle and high school students is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2007 from 9am to 1pm. In the past, hundreds of students who are just beginning to plan their college careers, have enjoyed tours and the opportunity to speak with representatives from undergraduate admissions as well as first and second-year DVM students. In addition, the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is hosting a "pre-vet day." While no RSVP is necessary for our open house activities, FAES does require online registration.

Tuesday, April 24, Your Healthy Cat

Join Dr. Tony Buffington, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, at the new WOSU-COSI studio on Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm for his presentation on techniques for keeping indoor cats healthy and happy. With space for a live studio audience of up to 250, the show will be videotaped for broadcast later. The event is free but due to limited seating, RSVPs are recommended: 614-292-1171 or weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu

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.

Download the registration form (PDF)