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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).