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Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa elected to the National Academy of Sciences
The College of Veterinary Medicine recognized the Class of 2012, five faculty award winners, and four Distinguished Alumni Award winners at the traditional Oath and Hooding ceremony, held June 9, 2012 in Mershon Auditorium. Below is a list of this year's award winners. Click on their names to read their biographies.
The Class of 2012 was honored for the completion of their academic career on Saturday, June 9. Students were first recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony. Excellence awards wwere given to those students who excelled in their clinical rotations.
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.