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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: December 2010

Welcome to the December 2010 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

News at the College

Dr. Jeff Lakritz named inaugural Tharp Professor

Dr. Jeff Lakritz, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and section head of the Veterinary Medical Center's Hospital for Farm Animals, has been named the inaugural Vernon L. Tharp Professor in Food Animal Medicine. Dr. Tharp was a 1940 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine and was a part of the college family for 46 years. His memory was honored at a reception in November during the formal announcement of the professorship, which was approved by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

Read more about Dr. Lakritz

Dr. Hubbell interviewed at AAEP Convention

Dr. John Hubbell, professor of veterinary anesthesiology and equine section head, was interviewed at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Annual Convention and Trade Show in early December.

Watch his interview about sedatives and anesthetics in horses.

Apply now for Veterinary Public Health Master's Degree

The College of Veterinary Medicine partners with the College of Public Health to offer the country's only Veterinary Public Health specialization towards the Master of Public Health degree. With the realization that nearly 70 percent of emerging diseases are likely to be zoonotic, the MPH-VPH degree was developed to prepare public health professionals to better protect the communities they serve. Applications are currently being accepted for the autumn quarter 2011 class. The deadline for completed applications is May 31, 2011.

Learn more about the degree program

Osteoporosis drug reduces bone loss, tumor size in oral cancer

A drug currently approved for osteoporosis treatment has been shown to reduce bone loss in a study of mice with oral cancer, suggesting it could serve as an important supplemental therapy in patients with head and neck cancers that erode bone. Dr. Tom Rosol, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, was the principle investigator in the Ohio State study. The drug treatment also was associated with smaller tumors – an unexpected result. The drug, zoledronic acid, is known by the brand name Zometa.

Read more

Shop online and support Honoring the Bond

The Honoring the Bond program at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center supports pet owners during emotionally difficult times. Now, through a website called GoodSearch, purchases made online will generate a small donation to the Honoring the Bond program at no additional cost to the shopper. There are two ways to take advantage of this program: either download the GoodSearch tool bar or go to and under "Who Do You Good Search For?" at the top of the page, enter "Honoring the Bond."

Alumni Society updates

2011 membership mailing coming in January

Watch for your 2011 membership information to be mailed at the end of January. Each year alumni support students and the college through their membership fees. Plan to join your colleagues in the alumni society and support your alma mater.

Alumni news

Alumnus named to the Entest Biomedical, Inc. Scientific Board of Advisors

Dr. Gregory McDonald, (DVM 1979), principal veterinarian of McDonald Animal Hospital in Santa Barbara, CA, has been named to the Scientific Board of Advisors of Entest Biomedical Inc. Dr. McDonald is a well-respected veterinarian with over 30 years of clinical veterinary experience. He founded McDonald Animal Hospital more than 24 years ago. His background includes both clinical and research aspects of cancer therapy. His practice includes veterinary applications of stem cell therapies, as well as traditional veterinary medicine. Dr. McDonald has authored numerous publications on various aspects of veterinary care.

Upcoming Events

Attending NAVC? Join us at the alumni reception!

Plan to attend the alumni reception at the North American Veterinary Conference. Please join Dr. Lonnie J. King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society for a reception on Sunday, January 16 at the Marriott World Center, Crystal Ballroom J2 & M, from 7 to 9 p.m. Please RSVP by Sunday, January 9 to or call (614) 292-9296.

Join us at the Midwest Veterinary Conference alumni reception

Plan to attend the alumni reception, hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency, room number TBA.

Plan now for annual open house

The open house will take place all day on Saturday, May 21, 2011. There will be new activities, and 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

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Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 10:31am