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‘Tis the season for flu at state and county fairs, where the combination of masses of fairgoers, livestock exhibitors and hundreds of exhibition pigs creates an atmosphere ripe for influenza transmission from animals to humans – and in the opposite direction as well.
Last year, more than 300 U.S. human swine influenza cases were linked to 37 fairs in at least 10 states, and 16 people were hospitalized. In Ohio, 107 human cases were traced to 14 county fairs, and one person died.
Dog owners know that hearing a Labrador retriever gagging is not uncommon, however when these actions persisted, Sarah Blouch, owner of a black Lab named Jake, contacted the Emergency and Critical Care Service at Ohio State. Veterinarians diagnosed a twisted stomach, and during the emergency surgery there were complications. Dr. Edward Cooper, Emergency and Critical Care service head, was able to complete the lifesaving procedure for Jake.
Out of more than 6,700 applicants to colleges of veterinary medicine across North America, 162 of the best and brightest made the cut to call themselves the Class of 2017 at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
There are 137 women and 25 men who will join the college, with 83 coming from beyond the Ohio borders. They ranged in age, upon acceptance, from 19 to 41.
The Buckeye Vet Prep Academy educates students about the profession of veterinary medicine through a one-week summer camp that includes seminars and hands-on activities at Ohio State.
The Veterinary Medical Center sees 35,000 animal patients a year. It is comprised of three hospitals: the Hospital for Companion Animals, the Hospital for Farm Animals, and the Galbreath Equine Center. You’ll receive a level of care that you can’t get anywhere else. You can support our faculty and progams. Go here for more information.
Jared Sylvester had always enjoyed playing sports, and he lived a very active lifestyle. Heading into his junior year of college at Miami University, he played on the club lacrosse team. He started experiencing knee pain during the summer but brushed it off. A few months passed, and the pain became unbearable. Jared’s family contacted their good friend, Dr. Mike, for a consultation over the weekend.
When a dog begins to gain weight rapidly, owners might think that they are overfeeding their pet. Bleu’s owners knew something was wrong, and turned to the Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Brian Scansen, DVM and assistant professor, who works in the Cardiology and Interventional Medicine service, discovered a large tumor inside Bleu’s heart that was blocking blood flow and causing fluid buildup in Bleu’s belly. With his special training in interventional procedures, Dr. Scansen was able to insert a stent across the tumor to improve blood flow and reduce the fluid accumulation.
The 2013 Companion Animal Remembrance Ceremony was held in May by the Honoring the Bond program at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center. The ceremony allows owners dealing with the death of a pet to gather together for a service. The Honoring the Bond team helps owners to express emotions and memories and provides support during the difficult times.
From left: Carolyn Speicher, assistant director of Event and Guest Operations, Schottenstein Center, and member of the DSA Selection committee; Michele Bondurant, Kate Hayes-Ozello, Tom Ozello