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Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center welcomes new director

Karin Zuckerman, former Chief Executive Officer of Easter Seals of Central and Southeast Ohio, brings extensive experience working in academic healthcare and non-profit organizations to the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) as the new director. Karin is the first woman to direct the Veterinary Medical Center. She follows Interim Director Dr. Rustin Moore, associate dean for clinical sciences and outreach, who has held the position since former Director Dr. Grant Frazer returned to his home in Australia last year, after nearly 20 years at the college.

Congratulations to Associate Dean Jean Sander!

Congratulations to Dr. Jean Sander, new dean of the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine as of August 1. Dr. Sander is currently our associate dean for Student Affairs and we wish her the best as she assumes her new duties. We are proud that so many national leaders in veterinary medicine come from Ohio State.

Veterinary Medical Center Update for Veterinarians

Members of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association receive a bi-monthly newsletter from their association – and the Veterinary Medical Center provides an insert with an update for veterinarians in each issue. These are available in a PDF format at: The May-June issue features outreach medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Please let us know if you would like to receive a printed copy in the mail. Contact Melissa Weber,

Colerain Day

On Friday, May 6, first and second year students from the college spent the morning with students at Colerain Elementary School in Columbus. The students hosted an outdoor petting area and an exotic animal display as well as an indoor craft station. This program has been an annual event for nearly 20 years.

Keep up with Dean Lonnie King

Dr. Lonnie King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine provides bi-weekly updates to faculty, staff, and students in the college. You can read his updates:

Alumni Updates

New Dean of Research named at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Janice D. Wagner (DVM 1985), has been named Vice President/Senior Associate Dean for Research at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She is charged with facilitating increased research funding opportunities, creating new partnerships, and executing the research strategic plan. Wagner is professor of Pathology (Comparative Medicine) and director of the Animal Resources Program. She is a professor in the Department of Pathology and in the Translational Science Institute, an associate in the Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and member of the Diabetes Research Center.

Wagner received her DVM from Ohio State, a Ph.D in molecular and cellular pathobiology from Wake Forest School of Medicine, and her master's degree in pharmacology from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Wagner is board-certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. She recently completed the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership training program in academic medicine.

Alumnus promoted to professor at Texas Tech University

Dr. Ronald Warner, DVM (OSU 1971), MPVM (UC Davis 1976), PhD (OSU 1987) was promoted to Professor at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in February. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine there since August of 1994, following his US Air Force career. His primary responsibilities at TTUHSC will continue to be: teaching medical and graduate students, as well as medical residents; epidemiology research; and directing the Texas Tech Physicians' Travel Medicine Clinic.

Alumni Society updates

2011 Alumni Society membership dues reminder

Thank you to the many alumni who chose to join the Alumni Society already in 2011. Your support is appreciated. A reminder was recently sent to alumni who have not yet paid their membership fees. Society dues can be paid via check or credit card, and for the first time this year, the new Alumni Society website offers the opportunity for online payments. Go to: Your membership in the Alumni Society helps support the college and students. Please call Dr. Michelle Harcha, director of Alumni Services, with any questions at (614) 292-9296 or

Upcoming Events

Annual Open House, Saturday, May 21

The College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to encouraging attendance by students interested in veterinary medicine, there will be new activities of interest to the general public. The committee is busy planning for the event to be bigger than ever. We are looking for alumni volunteers to help. If you are interested, please contact Melissa Weber at

Oath and Hooding, June 11

The annual Oath and Hooding ceremony will be held Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium.

Annual Golf Outing, Monday, June 27

This year's golf outing is scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2011 at The Ohio State University Golf Club on the Scarlet Course. Each year this event raises funds for veterinary student scholarships. Last year's event raised over $7,000. If you would like to participate, please register at your earliest convenience by mail or online at Since it is on the Scarlet course, organizers anticipate that it will sell out this year.

Pelotonia 11 / Team Buckeye, August 19-21

This year will be the third annual Pelotonia bike ride to raise money to support cancer research at The Ohio State University James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute, and other cancer research programs at Ohio State, including the College of Veterinary Medicine. Statistically speaking, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer; each year 1.4 million individuals in this country hear the words "you have cancer." It is safe to say that each and every one of us has been touched by cancer. The College of Veterinary Medicine is sponsoring a team and alumni are welcome to join. Routes vary from 23 miles to a round trip to Athens, OH (180 miles over two days). All levels of bike enthusiasts are welcome! Last year, $7.8 million was raised. College of Veterinary Medicine team members are part of "Team Buckeye," the university's "Super Peleton" Go to or contact Dr. Michelle Harcha at

In Memoriam

John F. Fessler (DVM 1960)

Dr. John F. Fessler (Jack), 76, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 23, 2011. Born June 9, 1934, in Toledo, Ohio, Jack was the first son of Ira and Catherine Fessler. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM in 1960. Jack is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Secord Fessler; sons, Jeffrey A. Fessler and his wife Susan Cutler of Ann Arbor, MI, and James Fessler and his wife Kate Fessler of Seattle, WA; brother, Robert A. Fessler and wife Linda L. Fessler of Bonita Springs, FL. Also surviving are grandchildren Brandon and Naomi Fessler Cutler.

Jack had a long and illustrious career as a university professor specializing in large animal surgery. Jack was hired in 1960 as an instructor in veterinary surgery at Purdue University. He quickly became a professor and spent his career at the School of Veterinary Medicine. He was author or co-author of more than 100 scientific articles, a textbook on equine surgery, and numerous book chapters. Jack was extremely proud to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1968. He was very active in this organization, serving on several committees and as President, Chair of the Board of Regents, and Treasurer. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the ACVS in 1997. Jack was most proud of his contributions to the education of veterinary students and graduate veterinarians training to be surgical specialists. Jack started the ACVS surgical residency training program at Purdue in 1975 and trained 20 residents. He also mentored 30 graduate students and taught large animal surgery to over 2,000 veterinary students. Many of these students are now successful veterinary practitioners here and abroad. In 2002, the year he retired from Purdue University as Professor emeritus, Jack was given the Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Memorial contributions can be sent to First United Methodist Church Foundation, Kiwanis Foundation, and Fessler Large Animal Surgery Residency Research Fund.

James C. "Doc" Taylor (DVM 1953)

Dr. James C. "Doc" Taylor of Broadview Hts., passed away March 31, 2011 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of the late Genevieve (nee D'Aurelio); loving father of David, Carolyn (Mike) Azzarello, Robert (Becky), Patricia (Tim) Clutter, Paul (Vivian), James (Chris), Donald (Colleen) and Thomas; grandfather of 22; great grand-father of 19. Preceded in death his brothers Hal, Don, Ray and Ralph. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II, and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1953 where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Northeast Ohio SPCA No Kill Shelter, 9555 Brookpark Rd., Parma, 44129 or to Crossroads Hospice of Cleveland, 9775 Rockside Rd., #270, Valley View, 44125.

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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 11:24am