March 19, 2007

In the News

Volume 1, Issue 10
Monday, March 19, 2007

"News and Events" is a (mostly) bi-weekly briefing from Melissa Weber in the CVM Communications & Marketing office. If you have news items or comments, please send them to weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu or give me a call at 614-292-3752.

Stories Today

Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Charlie Neer

Charles A. Neer, 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 college for nearly 25 years, providing professional students with courses on the business of practicing veterinary medicine. Dr. Neer's research interests also include the benefits of human-animal relationships, zoonoses, animal control and animal welfare. 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. (Check out page 16 of the 3/15/07 OnCampus;)


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 even a streaming video of his talk are available on the College of Veterinary Medicine web site.

Access the information


Greyhound Newsletter

The Greyhound Health and Wellness Program has distributed the first newsletter for Greyhound owners and veterinarians. Sent for the first time last week, the newsletter has already garnered much positive support.

View the newsletter


Handling Media Inquiries

Please direct general questions from reporters to Melissa Weber at 614-292-3752 or weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu. NOTE: If a known reporter is contacting a faculty member for a previously arranged interview, there's no need to direct those calls to me.  I would appreciate hearing about those media calls to begin tracking how often we are mentioned in the news. If you have any other questions about this policy, please let me know.


CVM subscribes to Zoomerang

The College of Veterinary Medicine is now a Zoomerang subscriber. Zoomerang is the most popular source for conducting online surveys. If your area is interested in sending a survey to clients, veterinarians or other groups outside the college, you can take advantage of the Zoomerang service. The first survey conducted by any group in the college is being sent by the MPH-VPH program, which is surveying public health officials in Ohio. If you need more information, please contact Melissa Weber at weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu, 292-3752, or stop by. (And, FYI – surveys for students inside the college can be conducted directly through CARMEN.) 


Rikihisa’s work recognized and rewarded

Research in Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa's lab led to a patent for the diagnosis of Canine ehrlichiosis. The diagnostic products now generate income for the College of Veterinary Medicine, which goes back in to more research.

Read more about her work and other happenings in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences


Pet food recall update: Information available at

As Dr. Frazer reported earlier today, Menu Brands, a major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold in the U.S., has recalled 50 brands of dog food and 40 brands of cat food Friday after receiving complaints from pet owners that their dogs and cats were vomiting and developing kidney failure. The recall is limited to "cuts and gravy" wet style dog and cat food produced at Menu's Emporia, Kansas, facility between December 3, 2006, and March 6, 2007. Links to more information is available at the AVMA home page (, including the manufacturer's list of recalled products, product codes, descriptions, and production dates. As more information is made available, it will be posted on this site. Two faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences have responded to media inquiries: Dr. Jane Flores discussed symptoms that owners should watch for; Dr. Tony Buffington was interviewed about the ingredients in pet food.


Vet Med in the News

CVM Alumnus elected Ohio State board chairman

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees unanimously elected G. Gilbert Cloyd of Cincinnati as its 2007-2009 chair at the March (3/2) meeting. Cloyd will serve as chair-elect until the board's May meeting when he will take office as chair for a two-year term. He was appointed to the board by Gov. Bob Taft in December 2005. Cloyd, a Cleveland native, 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. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State in 1969.

Read the full news story here.


Upcoming Events

April 4, 2007, Location TBA

  • 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)
  • Noon – 1 pm, "Veterinary Forensics: Recognition of Abuse and Examination of the Live Victim," all faculty, staff and students are welcome.
  • 5 pm – 6 pm, Presentation for Shelter Medicine and Pathology Clubs, "Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty Investigations and the Role of the Veterinary Practitioner"

Open House April 14

  • The annual Open House for middle and high school students is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 2007 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

Save the Date

Tuesday, April 24

  • WOSU-COSI, downtown Columbus
  • NOTE: This is a date change from an earlier announcement.
  • Join Dr. Tony Buffington, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, at the new WOSU-COSI studio on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. 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.


News Across Campus

2007 International Photography Contest

The annual International Photography Contest is open to all students currently enrolled at Ohio State. Photographs should be taken outside the United States. Awards will be presented in each of three categories: People, Places, and OSU Spirit. The winning photographs will be exhibited in the Office of International Education during May 2007. A reception to unveil the winners is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 5:30-6:30 on the first floor of Oxley Hall. Submitted images may also be used in OSU print and electronic publications. All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form. The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2007. Any questions regarding the International Photo Contest can be directed to Paul Collier at collier [dot] 123 [at] osu [dot] edu.

Faculty International Travel Grants Available

The Office of International Affairs is soliciting applications from faculty who are proposing to collaborate with foreign scholars in preparing a research grant proposal, participate in a faculty-exchange program, develop agreements linking Ohio State to major foreign institutions, or complete a manuscript jointly authored with a foreign based scholar. Grants range from $1,500 to $2,000 ($3,000 maximum). With the exception of those faculty members proposing to participate in a faculty-exchange program, applicants are required to secure counterpart funds from Ohio State or external funding agencies. The application deadline is Friday (4/13) and applications are available online. Contact: kukielka-blaser [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu (kukielka-blaser [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu )