Connect to Veterinary Medicine: September 2010

News at the College; Experts in the News; Alumni News; Upcoming Events...

Welcome to the September 2010 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

News at the College

Dr. Lonnie King appointed Executive Dean of Health Sciences

Dr. Lonnie J. King, Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine and dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed as the executive dean of health sciences by Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph A. Alutto. Subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, his appointment is effective immediately.

The health sciences colleges include veterinary medicine, human medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, and public health. The provost has an ambitious agenda for the health sciences colleges and Dr. King is pleased to be invited to keep veterinary medicine at the top of that agenda, and to serve in a leadership role to strategically bring this cluster of colleges together to be more active and effective as a collective.

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Interdisciplinary study will model disease patterns

Dr. Rebecca Garabed, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Ohio State colleagues Mark Moritz, assistant professor Department of Anthropology, Song Liang, assistant professor Environmental Health Sciences, and Ningchuan Xiao, associate professor Department of Geography, were recently awarded a $1.4 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, Livestock Movements and Disease Epidemiology in the Chad Basin: Modeling Risks for Animals and Humans, centers on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in cattle and how movement of livestock affects disease epidemiology.

Veterinary Medical Center on Animal Planet

Dr. Mary McLoughlin, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and small animal soft tissue surgeon, was featured on an episode of Dogs 101 which aired on Animal Planet Saturday, September 25. The segment is on the Gordon Setter and was filmed at the Veterinary Medical Center and Dr. McLoughlin’s home.

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American Kennel Club awards veterinary student scholarships

The American Kennel Club® (AKC) recently awarded scholarships to 15 students from 10 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited schools of veterinary medicine. Ohio State veterinary student Joe Esch received the AKC/AVMF award, a $6,000 scholarship sponsored by the AKC and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.

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Baby gorilla recovering well from surgery

At the end of August, Misha, an infant gorilla at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, dislocated her hip. Advanced imaging of the hip was performed at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, and based upon the results, Misha was taken to surgery and the dislocated hip was repaired and a cast applied. The team of specialists included Nationwide Children’s Hospital pediatric orthopedic surgeons Dr. Kevin Klingele and Dr. Walter Samora, veterinary orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Dyce from the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center, and Columbus Zoo veterinarians Dr. Michael Barrie, Dr. Gwen Myers, and Dr. Holly Peters.

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Watch our infomercials!

As part of our partnership with WSYX and WTTE, five 30-second infomercials are airing through the end of October, 2010 on local channels 6 and 28. Special news segments about the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center also ran the week of August 16-20 on Good Morning Columbus on Fox affiliate Channel 28, and the 5 p.m. news on ABC affiliate Channel 6. The spots are now featured on each station's web site in a special News Features section.

Intervet/Schering-Plough awards top veterinary students

Two Ohio State veterinary students, who are specializing in bovine medicine, were among the eight award winners from across the United States who received a special student recognition award sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. Brian Hartschuh and Elizabeth Homerosky each received $1,500 awards and an all-expenses-paid trip to the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in Albuquerque in August.

Experts in the News

Dr. Linda Lord featured in New York Times

A recent study by Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, showed that almost three out of four cats wore collars consistently during the six-month trial, suggesting that most cats will tolerate a collar even if their owners are skeptical about its success. The story was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and has now been featured in several media outlets including the New York Times.

Dr. Brian Scansen discusses pacemakers

Dr. Brian Scansen, assistant professor of Cardiology and Interventional Medicine, was recently interviewed by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) about pacemakers in dogs. ACVIM has posted the video of the interview to YouTube.

Alumni news

Alumni Reunion Weekend

The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend was held September 10-11 with a record number of alumni returning to campus for events on Friday and Saturday. We welcomed alumnus Colonel Don Noah as the keynote speaker of the Continuing Education sessions on Friday. He is leading a new research and development complex for the United States military, which is being built at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. This is the largest building project since World War II and it is being led by a veterinarian.

The Alumni Society recognized three alumni with Alumni Recognition Awards at the Friday night banquet: Linda Peck, DVM (1979); Marsha Heinke DVM, (1979), EA, CPA, CVPM; and Jennifer D. Jellison, DVM (1985). You can read more about them on our web site. They have had outstanding careers and we are very proud of their contributions and distinguished work.

The alumni auctions raised $20,000, which the Alumni Society Board immediately gave back to the college to support numerous projects from technological improvements to our annual Open House. Thanks to our generous alumni who continue to support our college and students in very significant ways.

Upcoming events

Vets For Pets

Students in the classes of 2012 and 2013 are planning the fifth annual Vets For Pets 5K race/walk. This annual event raises money for the classes and a charity chosen by the class. November 7, 2010.

In Memoriam

William J. Roenigk, DVM 1954

William J. Roenigk, age 81, of College Station, TX, passed away in August at St. Joseph's Regional Health Center in Bryan. He was born January 26, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio to Pearl Smeltzer and John A. Roenigk. Bill graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1954 and, later, earned a Master of Science in surgery from Baylor University. He served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Bill was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (past president, 1970), the American Veterinary Radiological Society, and numerous other professional associations, and was a member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. He retired from TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother John, sister Mary Rada, and granddaughter, Taelor Alexas Roenigk. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Jean S. Roenigk of College Station; son, Mark W. (Nanette) Roenigk, of Reno, Nev. daughter, Kathy R. (Jim) Gray of Orlando, Fla., daughter, Sandy R. (Brian) Streeter of North East, Pa., daughter, Jane E. Cooper of Roanoke, Texas; and grandchildren: Marshall Roenigk, Jeff (Melissa), and Christie Gray, Jason (Amanda) and Amy Streeter, and Will, Cole, and Trinity Cooper; and other extended family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Taelor's House Foundation or sent to Taelor's House Foundation, in care of John Spiars – Trustee, 765 Custer Road, Suite 100, Plano, Texas 75075 or to the TAMU Foundation Veterinary Medical Scholarship Fund, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840-2811, or to the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 220 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, TX 77845.

William F. Nape, DVM 1956

William F. Nape, age 79, of Columbus passed away at his home in September. "Bill" was born October 9, 1930 and reared on a farm one mile west of Carrollton, OH. His parents were Harry M. and Leona Pearl (Shepherd) Nape. After graduating from Carrollton High School, he attended Kent State University and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1956. The Army gave him an honorable discharge on April 1, 1964 from the Veterinary Corps, U.S. Army Reserves. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 37 years, where he was a regulatory veterinarian, controlling and eradicating livestock diseases at the county and state level. He served in West Virginia, Illinois, South Carolina, New York, New Jersey and the last 8 years in Ohio as Federal Veterinarian-In-Charge. He was very interested in genealogy. He published: "The Families of Nape, Shepherd and Guess of Carroll and Jefferson Counties, Ohio" January 1, 2003 and "Scotch-Irish Shepherds from Carroll and Jefferson Counties, Ohio" November 1, 2006. Both books are on file at the Carroll County Genealogical Society and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. As a member of East Columbus Christian Church, he served as an elder and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was a student of the guitar. Recently, the Carrollton Schools Alumni Foundation, Inc. was pleased to announce that Dr. William F. Nape was honored as recipient of the 2010 Hall of Fame Award. The Alumni Foundation honors former students whose professional achievements and/or significant contributions to society, strength of character and citizenship serve as models to inspire and challenge today's youth. Bill is preceded in death by his siblings Doris Mae (Glenn) Cassidy, Paul W. (Carolyn) Nape, and Harry L. Nape. He is survived by his wife, Lois Ann (Ray), also a Carrollton, OH native. They were married almost 58 years. Three children, Sharon Ann (Oran) Scarberry, Jeffrey Lynn Nape, and Karen Sue (Charles) Castle; one grandchild, Krystal Marie (John) Longest; one great grandchild, Aubrie Elyse Longest; all living in the Columbus, OH area; one sister, Bertha (Lester) Gotschall, Carrollton, OH. The family is grateful to The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and HomeReach Hospice for his treatment and care.