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Connect to Veterinary Medicine - December 2014

News at the College and VMC

Faculty member named 2014 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Michael Oglesbee, chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences is one of six Ohio State faculty who were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science this year. Nationally, there were 401 members selected. Read more.

Ebola demonstrates One Health challenges and opportunities

Wondwossen Gebreyes

Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the director of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Global Health Program, defines strategies to combat the global threats posed by emerging infectious diseases, especially in low-resource regions, as lead author of a recently published journal article. The article appeared Nov. 13 in Public Library of Science, Neglected Tropical Diseases. Read more.

Researchers study survival of influenza A viruses in Ohio wetlands

Ohio Sea Grant-funded study led a team of researchers to conclude that "at optimal temperatures and water conditions, influenza viruses can persist for 30 days, if not longer," in northern Ohio wetlands, such as those surrounding Lake Erie. The study was led by Drs. Richard Slemons and Andrew Bowman, both professors in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and their findings were published in the summer/autumn edition of Twine Line.

Veterinary students participate in Our Oath in Action Day

Volunteers from Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine, including students, faculty and staff, as well as veterinarians from the local Columbus community helped perform spay/neuter surgeries and wellness checks to animals for Our Oath in Action Day – Ohio, a philanthropic event sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and Hill's Pet Nutrition that offers free clinical services to animals owned by low-income clients. Read more here.

First aid for animals training session held at Ohio Fire Academy

Dr. Edward Cooper, veterinary emergency services and critical care medicine specialist, conducted a pilot training session on Dec. 2 at the Ohio Fire Academy (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) to provide an understanding of basic first aid and triage services for handlers of working dogs and first responders. The session aimed to enable these professionals to provide on-site care prior to transferring injured animals to a veterinary clinic. Cooper has been working with the Ohio Fire Academy and Ohio State's Center for Emergency Medical Services to establish a training program for K9 units and firefighters, which they ultimately hope to expand to all of Central Ohio and beyond.

Dr. Ian Davis consulted in Columbus Dispatch article on flu vaccination struggles

Dr. Ian Davis, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, gives his input on health experts' yearly battle in creating an effective human influenza vaccine in a recent Columbus Dispatch article, "Flu vaccines fighting a moving target."

Protect your pets from holiday household hazards

Dr. Ed Cooper, specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine, reminds pet owners that holidays can be a dangerous time for dogs and cats in the home. The story was featured as part of the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences' campaign, "12 Days of Experts."

Upcoming Events

Cruise along the Alaskan Coast

If you enjoy traveling to fascinating destinations with exclusive programs supported by knowledgeable guides and One Health experts, then join Dean Lonnie J. King on the "One Health Tour," a small-ship adventure in Alaska, which will set sail on Aug. 28 - Sept. 4, 2015. The College of Veterinary Medicine is partnering with the Ohio State Alumni Association Tour Office and Orbridge Travel to sponsor this informational and exciting cruise aboard an intimate 66-passenger ship.

While enjoying the friendship of fellow Ohio State veterinary colleagues and their families, the cruise will explore the inner reaches of Alaska's Inside Passage. Space is limited so make your reservation today! Contact Deborah Vargo at 614-292-2372 or with any questions.

NAVC Alumni Reception

The North American Veterinary Community Alumni Reception will be held in Orlando, Fl. on Jan. 18 from 7 - 9 p.m. The conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in the Crystal Ballroom. Contact Lauren Lammers ( with questions.

Alumni News

2014 Alumni Recognition Award recipients named

Congratulations to the four alumni whose important endeavors in veterinary medicine led them to receive this year's Alumni Society Recognition Awards:

  • Dr. J. Michael Cornwell, DVM '69 - awarded for his professionalism and dedication while in private practice, teaching excellence in academia and community outreach services.
  • Dr. John A. E. Hubbell, DVM '77, MS, DACVAA - awarded for his remarkable dedication to Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine since 1982 and the veterinary profession.
  • Dr. Michael J. Huerkamp, DVM '84, DACLAM - awarded for his achievements as a veterinarian, scientist, educator and administrator, as well as his devotion to sustainable environments and those less fortunate.
  • Dr. Don L. Noah, DVM '66 - awarded in recognition of his tireless work over many decades for the betterment of animals, people and our nation. Read more about the recipients here.

American Association of Veterinary State Boards elects alumnus as new director

Roger Redman, DVM '90, and president of Ark Veterinary Hospital Inc. in Wooster, Ohio, has been named director of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the national association of veterinary medicine state licensing boards, which regulate and give credential to licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Redman was elected by delegates from the 59 jurisdictions the AAVSB serves, including the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and six Canadian provinces. As director, Redman, among other duties, now oversees the Veterinary Technician National Exam. In addition to the national roles, Redman also acts as Gov. Kasich's appointee to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board located in Columbus, Ohio.

Alumni - send us your news

Alumni - please send your latest news, achievements or general information to Melissa Weber, Director of Communications and Marketing, to be listed in future Connect to Veterinary Medicine newsletters.

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:11pm