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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: April 2012

News at the College

Annual Veterinary Medicine Research Day, April 12Dr. Steven Arnoczky

This year's annual College Research Day is planned for April 12. Poster presentations and a keynote will highlight the day's activities. Veterinary students, residents, graduate students, and faculty in the college will have posters on display in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building and Sisson Hall highlighting their research. The posters will be judged by teams of faculty and veterinary professionals. This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Steven Arnoczky (Ohio State DVM Class of 1972), is the Wade O. Brinker Endowed Professor of Surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. He is also the director of the Laboratory for Comparative Orthopedic Research. Awards will be presented prior to the keynote speech, which begins at noon on April 12 in the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium. Learn more about this year's research day.

Dr. Thomas Rosol's research featured in CCC Frontier magazineDr. Tom Rosol

Dr. Thomas Rosol, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, had his metastasis research program highlighted in the Winter 2012 issue of the CCC Frontiers magazine. Research by Dr. Rosol and others has provided insights into how bone metastases occur. Bone metastases are typically difficult to see on radiographs; however, new advances have allowed the researchers to add a gene that illuminates the cells making them easier to identify. To read more about Dr. Rosol's metastasis research program, read the full article, starting on page 18.

Dr. Alicia BertonePlatelet therapy can provide relief for dogs with osteoarthritis

Dr. Alicia L. Bertone, professor and Director of the Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory at the College of Veterinary Medicine co-authored a new study that shows evidence that platelet therapy can provide relief for dogs with osteoarthritis. The study used 20 client-owned dogs that volunteered to participate, and the results demonstrated that, on average, animals given canine platelet enhancement therapy (C-PET) showed statistically significant improvement in measures of pain and lameness. Read more about the study.

Social workers provide support to clients and students

Dr. Jennifer Brant and Joelle NielsenThe month of March celebrated the contributions of social workers in society, and the College of Veterinary Medicine is proud of the contributions our two social workers make to our college and Veterinary Medical Center. College social workers Joelle Nielsen and Dr. Jennifer Brandt work tirelessly to help support our patients' families through difficult times and to ensure that veterinary students and professionals have the tools they need for effectively interacting with others. Read more about how our social workers contribute to the college.

Therapy pony scheduled for eye surgery

A therapy pony named Buggs is scheduled to undergo surgery at the Veterinary Medical Center in April to receive a novel treatment for equine recurrent uveitis. Dr. Anne Gemensky-Metzler, an ophthalmologist in the Veterinary Medical Center will perform the surgery as part of a clinical research trial. The surgery will involve putting an implant in the pony's eye that will continually release medication to control inflammation and potentially limit some of the complications seen with this eye disorder. This story aired on 10TV News on Friday, March 23. Follow the link to the full story and to view the video.

Upcoming Events

College to host Food Animal Symposium

The Food Animal Club at the College of Veterinary Medicine along with Zoetis (formally Pfizer) is preparing to host the inaugural Food Animal Student Symposium. This event will be held April 13-15 at the college and offers a number of lectures and wet labs for students to attend. This is a free event for veterinary students that are a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) or the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP). Ohio State Food Animal Club members as well as a number of veterinary students from other AABP chapters from across the country will be in attendance. Students wishing to attend need to register by Friday, April 6th. Please visit the Food Animal Club's page for more information about this event and to register.

FurBALL Fundraiser, Saturday May 5

The 5th annual Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine FurBALL will be held on Saturday May 5 from 7 p.m. - 11p.m. This benefit supports the United Pet Fund. All are invited to attend this event and have a great time supporting a wonderful local charity. Tickets are $25 per person. Click here for more information. 

Continuing Education Opportunity

Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) will be hosting a day of Continuing Education on Sunday, May 6. This event will be a fundraiser for their annual Grand Council Meeting, which Ohio State's OTS Gamma chapter will be hosting in November 2012. In order to hold a successful weekend long event, they are fundraising with a day of Continuing Education entitled, "Introduction to Small Animal Ophthalmology." This event offers six hours of continuing education for veterinarians, and it is a great learning opportunity for students. The course will be presented by Dr. David Wilkie, DVM, MS, ACVO. Dr. Wilkie is a world renowned speaker and two-time Norden Teaching Award nominee. Please consider attending this event. Follow the link for more information and to register for this event.

Annual Open House, May 19

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine will open its doors to the public once again. This year's Annual Open House will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine). Activities include informational seminars, animal demonstrations, and the Children's Activity Center. This is a free event, and we are asking each person to donate cat or dog food. Pet food donations will be given to area animal shelters. Online registration for the Open House is highly recommended. Visit the website for more information about the Open House and to register for this event.

"Woody" at Franklin County Alumni Club Annual Banquet

Playwright Walt Adamkosky and actor Jeff Hall will bring legendary coach "Woody" Hayes to life at the Annual Banquet of The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Franklin County. The event will be held Thursday, May 24, in the Ballroom of the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Cocktail hour will start at 5:30 pm, with dinner and presentations to follow at 6:30 pm. "Woody: His Life, Times, and Teachings" is laced with Buckeye football history, and is also about being a success in life, the importance of education, and paying forward. The play is based on years of research and extensive interviews with Woody's players and colleagues. Jeff Hall will present a portion of the one-man show that he performed in downtown Columbus last fall. Reservations to attend can be made at

Register now for the Annual Golf Outing on June 25

Join us for a day of golf that benefits our scholarship endowment. The 2012 Annual Golf Outing will take place on Monday, June 25. It will be held on the beautiful Scarlet Course of The Ohio State University Golf Club (3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH 43221). More information is available on the Alumni Society website. We hope to see you there!

Komen Race for the Cure

This year, the college will again participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 19. To register for the team, go to and click on "Register." Select "Join an Existing Team." Our team name is OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. No password is needed to register for the team. If you would like to donate to the team, visit our team page.

Pelotonia, August 10-12

This year will be the fourth annual Pelotonia bike ride to raise money to support cancer research at The Ohio State University James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute. The College of Veterinary Medicine is sponsoring a team as part of Team Buckeye and alumni are welcome to join. All levels of bike enthusiasts are welcome! Last year, a record $13.1 million was raised. Dr. Michelle Harcha is team captain and Stacey Hicks will serve as team captain for the student team. To register, go to and register as an individual. Then, contact Dr. Michelle Harcha at with your rider ID, and she will add you to the team. Additionally, follow the link to donate to our Peloton, "OSU College of Veterinary Medicine."

Save the date for Alumni Reunion Weekend!

The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend will be held during Homecoming weekend, October 5-7, 2012. We are introducing a new format for Friday night that will highlight exciting happenings at the college. The class reunions will be held on Friday, October 5, at the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Rd. We are celebrating the classes of 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007. Following the reception on campus, we encourage classes to arrange dinner on their own. Don't stay out too late because we will welcome all alumni back to campus for the annual Alumni Society Membership Meeting, Dean Lonnie King's "State of the College" address, and our annual tailgate prior to the Homecoming Football game on Saturday, October 6. Activities will begin about four hours before game time. Our opponents are the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Please note that tickets to this game will be in high demand; therefore, a ticket lottery will be held. Participants in the ticket lottery must be members of both the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society AND The Ohio State University Alumni Association. More information on the lottery will be provided closer to Alumni Reunion Weekend. For additional information about this event and to see the tentative schedule of events for the entire weekend please visit the Alumni Reunion Weekend website.

In Memoriam

Harry V. Conley (DVM 1956)

Harry V. Conley, 84, passed away in March. He was born in August of 1927 to the late Thomas J. and Lola (Grigsby) Conley. Dr. Conley served in the U.S. Army 88th division medical corps in post-WWII Italy after graduating from high school in 1946. He later attended The Ohio State University, where he was a member of Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity, and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1956. He went on to practice veterinary medicine for both large and small animals for over 50 years in Belle Center, Ohio. He served several terms as a member of the Ohio Veterinary Licensing Board and the Alumni Society Board. Dr. Conley was recently honored as one of the oldest practicing veterinarians in the state of Ohio, continuing to the end of January. Dr. Conley was also very active in civic affairs, serving many years on the Belle Center town council. He is survived by his wife, Lee Ellen, of 15 years; daughters Jeani (Jeff) Stahler and Lee Ann (Steve) Porter; step-daughters, Anne (Scott) McGrail, Kellie Meadows, and Tricia (Dwayne) McKenzie; a sister, Patsy Cockrell; and many grandchildren and step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by first wife, Marilyn; both parents; brothers Hargus, Howard, Homer, Haston; and sisters Prudis and Phyllis.

Dr. Waldo Frank Keller (Class of 1953) memorial service

A memorial service for Waldo Frank Keller, DVM will be held at the Michigan State University Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to share in a celebration of his life and accomplishments. The memorial service begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. A reception will be held immediately following the memorial service at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.

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