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Dr. Tony Buffington was recently interviewed by Channel 6 news regarding local reports about pets that have become ill after consuming chicken jerky treats. These products are manufactured in China under several brand names. The FDA has received over 900 complaints in the past two years.
Alpaca reproduction is a complicated business. Unlike other farm animal species, the use of artificial insemination and other assisted reproductive techniques poses a great challenge for veterinarians working with these animals And the gestation period is a lengthy 11 months. How then, can a breeder reproduce multiple crias from the most valuable animals in a relatively short period?
This past spring senior veterinary student Jimmy Johnson had the opportunity to work with the Chicago Zoological Society at the Brookfield Zoo planning immobilization protocols for Mexican grey wolves. In addition, Johnson performed the wolves' physical exams, drew blood, and assisted with CT scans to screen for nasal adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer that is thought to target wild dog populations such as Mexican grey wolves.
The Alumni Society's Alumni Recognition Awards acknowledge and honor alumni of the college who have contributed to the enhancement of the veterinary medical profession. This year's awards will be presented during Alumni Reunion Weekend, October 5-7. To nominate a fellow alumnus, please fill out the 2012 Call for Nominations form and mail it in by July 1.
Second year veterinary student Sarah Husseini will be attending this year’s ACVB-AVSAB Veterinary Behavior Symposium in San Diego this August. She will also be presenting her paper, Effects of Pre-adoption Counseling for Owners on Separation Anxiety in Shelter Dogs, won second place among student submissions for the symposium. Dr. Meghan Herron, clinical assistant professor in Behavioral Medicine, and Dr. Linda Lord, associate professor and associate dean for Student Affairs, advised Husseini on her research, which she conducted at the Franklin County Dog Shelter this past summer.
The Companion Animal Listening Line (CALL) at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine was one of the first pet loss support lines offered in the country. The service offered counseling to people who were grieving the loss of a pet and provided training to veterinary students who wanted to learn more about communication with clients during difficult times in their lives. Improved communication classes are now a required part of the DVM curriculum in the college. As a result, fewer students are taking the class.
Jessica Healy, an undergraduate student at Ohio State, won second place at the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum for her research on pastoralists in the Far North Region of Cameroon. Healy’s project focused on pastoralists’ decisions regarding chronically ill animals and the possible negative effects disease (Brucellosis) on fertility rates. Healy’s project advisors, Dr. Rebecca Garabed, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and Dr.
The 5th Annual “Pink Week” will take place in the College of Veterinary from Monday, May 14 to Friday, May 18, 2012. Since 2008, “Pink Week” has recognized breast cancer awareness and fundraising through a series of events planned for the week prior to the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. Once again, the steering committee has planned bake sales, raffles, and other activities to raise money for Komen. In addition, guest speakers – from survivors to oncologists - will be at the college throughout the week discussing breast cancer from different perspectives.
Welcome to the fifth edition of Behavior News, the newsletter designed to keep veterinary staff and other animal handlers up to date on current behavior recommendations for companion animals. This season we continue our segment on low stress handling in small animals, as well as behavior changes in the aging pet.