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Diseases do not respect borders or even species barriers, causing suffering in both humans and animals. They indiscriminately infect the wealthy and the poor, the young and the elderly. Dr. Linda Saif, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine is part of the Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.
Out of more than 6,000 applicants to colleges of veterinary medicine across North America, only 142 of the best and brightest made the cut to call themselves the Class of 2014 at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine,
And what a class it is.
There are 116 women and 26 men who will join the college, with 50 coming from beyond the Ohio borders. They ranged in age, upon acceptance, from 19 to 51.
Worldwide, seasonal influenza epidemics cause more than 300,000 deaths each year (and pandemics like the Spanish Flu of 1918 killed tens of millions). Dr. Ian Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, has been awarded a new National Institutes of Health grant to study influenza virus, which causes a type of pneumonia.
Tessa, a Labrador retreiver, enjoys the
Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus and NASA Astronaut
Dr. Rick Linnehan (DVM 1985)
The College of Veterinary Medicine has long-term partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, which operates 10 farms in Ohio. They raise and process their own animals to provide food to the 51,000 inmates in 32 institutions across the state. “We are their veterinarians,” Explains Dr. Fernando Silveira, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. “We act as consultants from conception to consumer – breeding to processing.
In the early 1970s, the Feline Leukemia Virus was recognized as the most important fatal disease affecting cats. During that same time at Ohio State, the Retrovirus Research Program was organizing in the College of Veterinary Medicine with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Special Cancer Virus Research Program, which was part of a "war against cancer." Researchers in the newly-formed program were the first to develop the patented method for the prototype vaccine that was licensed to Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health).