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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: February 2011

Welcome to the February 2011 edition of the Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Alumni assistance needed!

Volunteer to help us reach out to K-12 students

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for practicing veterinarians who are willing to volunteer their time to share their expertise with high school and middle school students through various career day events held throughout the year. If you are interested in sharing your experiences, talents, and skills with students interested in pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, please contact April Pugh at or (614) 247-1512.

News at the College

Dr. King featured on Big 10 Network program

"Game Changers" is a new non-sports program on the Big 10 Network featuring Ohio State experts whose work is making an important positive difference. The show is hosted by Brittany Westbrook, and in February Dr. Lonnie King, Dr. Larry Schlesinger, and Public Health Research Associate Jason Marion spoke on the powerful connections between animals, humans, and the environment. This emerging view of "one health" sheds new light on animal-borne viruses, antibiotic resistance and a host of other challenges now under the microscope of Ohio State's 135+ infectious disease researchers in the Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases program.

Read more regarding Dr. King's program

Karin Zuckerman accepts position as Director, Veterinary Medical Center

Karin A. Zuckerman has accepted the position of Director of the Veterinary Medical Center, and will begin on April 11, 2011. Karin will come to the Veterinary Medical Center with extensive background and experience working in academic healthcare centers and related non-profit organizations.

Read more regarding Karin Zuckerman

Women in Veterinary Medicine featured in Columbus Dispatch

An article exploring issues in the Veterinary Medicine field - including the increasing number of women - was featured in the Columbus Dispatch in early February. Drs. Clare Allen and Rebecca Pentecost were both interviewed. WBNS-TV, Channel 10, featured the story in December.

View the article in the Columbus Dispatch

Joe Esch Receives Board of Trustees Award

Joe Esch, third year veterinary student, has received the Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award. Joe was recognized for his academic excellence and outstanding leadership. He has been involved in serving other students since his high school days in Springfield, MA. While an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, he was also involved in many student organizations.

Read more regarding Joe Esch

Alumni Society Updates

2011 Alumni Society Membership Mailing

The Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society is counting on your support this year. The mailing inviting you to join and renew your membership in the Alumni Society was sent in mid-January. Society dues can be paid via check or credit card, and for the first time this year, the new Alumni Society web site offers the opportunity for online payments. 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

White Coat Ceremony, March 19

As students complete their third year of classes and get ready to enter their clinical year, a relatively new tradition has begun: the White Coat Ceremony. Sponsored in part by the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, students receive their white coat from the dean, or from a mentor veterinarian if the students make that request. Family members and alumni are invited and refreshments are served. This year the event will be held at the Ohio Union at 3 p.m.

"Furball," April 9

Join students, faculty, and staff at the fourth annual Furball planned for Saturday evening, April 9 at the Ohio Union Attendees will enjoy casino-style gaming with "celebrity" dealers: College of Veterinary Medicine faculty. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, and dancing are also included in the evening's festivities. The event will held from 7 p.m. to midnight and tickets are $36 each. Please purchase tickets in advance by sending an email to Matthew Weeman, at Checks can be mailed to Furball, c/o Student Affairs, 125/127 VMAB, 1900 Coffey Rd. , Columbus, OH 43210.

Research Week, April 11-14

For the past several years, our annual "Advancements in Veterinary Medicine Day," or "Research Day," featured poster presentations by veterinary and graduate students, vying for travel awards to scientific meetings. This year the college will celebrate Research Week, with the addition of three days of noontime seminars by three of Ohio State's finest faculty members: Dr. Michael Knopp, professor of Radiology and Novartis Chair of Imaging Research; Dr. Linda Saif, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the Food Animal Health Research Program; and Dr. Larry Schlesinger, Samuel Saslaw Professor of Medicine. Our Keynote Speaker presentation by Dr. Guy Palmer, Regents Professor and Creighton Endowed Chair, Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University will be held on April 14 along with the traditional poster presentations.

More information regarding Research Week

Pink Week, May 9-14

This year, the college will again participate in the annual Komen Race for the Cure scheduled for Saturday, May 14. The week preceding the race is called "Pink Week," and includes fundraising events designed to raise money for research, and noontime speakers on a variety of topics to raise awareness about breast cancer. Events are currently being planned. Be sure to check the college calendar page for more details. You can join the College of Veterinary Medicine’s team now by going to Click on the “Register Now” button, and then the “Join a Team” button. We are registered in the school division, and the team name is OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. No password is needed to join the team.

Plan now for 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

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. A flyer was mailed the first week of March to all past participants. If you would like to attend, please register at your earliest convenience by mail or online. Since it is on the Scarlet course, organizers anticipate that it will sell out this year.

Pelotonia, 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. 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. All levels of bike enthusiasts are welcome! Last year, $7.8 million was raised. For more information on Pelotonia and to register for the event, go to Once you register, send an e-mail to to join the College of Veterinary Medicine peloton.

In Memoriam

Denise M. Fuciu, DVM 1978

Denise M. Fuciu, D.V.M., 59, died in January after a five year battle with cancer. Born in Canton, she lived in Columbus tradhe last 30 years. She was a 1969 graduate of Glenwood High School, graduate of Bowling Green State University, earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University in 1978, and continued her education by becoming a Diplomate in the Ameican College of Veterinary Radiology. Denise worked in private veterinary practice for many years and ended her career at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Her passion in life was caring for animals. Survived by her mother, Marian Fuciu of Canton; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Nicholas Jr. and Crystal Fuciu of Canton and David and JoAnne Fuciu of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two nieces, Rochelle (Joe) and Megan; four nephews, Nicholas (Beth), Christopher, Daniel, and Michael; seven great- nieces and great-nephews; and aunts and uncles, Phil and Theresa Alonzo, Irene Alessandrini (godmother), Rosemarie Alonzo, and Judi Alonzo. Preceded in death by her father, Nicholas Fuciu; brother, Terrance Fuciu; and niece/godchild, Christine Fuciu. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stark County Humane Society or to your local humane society.

Fred E. Banks, DVM 1953

Dr. Fred E. "Bud" Banks, 83, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, passed away in December 2010 after a brief illness. His veterinary skills rescued many creatures and helped save the livelihood of many farmers in Portage County, Ohio. He served his country in the United States Army. Those who knew him will remember his love of God and music, his harmonica playing, his tireless giving and many a story. His family would like to say that he fought a good fight, finished his course and kept the faith (II Timothy 4:7). Born in Champion, near Warren, Bud was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Warren Banks; his sister, Helen Banks Holinbaugh; and, very recently, by his second wife, Doris Sommers Banks. He is survived by daughter Susan Banks Ward of Orlando and her husband, Dale; daughter Sheree Banks Leonhardt and her husband, Steve, of Shelby, Ohio; grandchildren Rick McGonegle and Shannon McGonegle Rosier and husband, Craig, of Orlando, Kelley Leonhardt of Wooster, Ohio, and Jaclyn Leonhardt of Shelby; brother the Rev. Philip Banks and his wife, Nancy; stepdaughters Lou Ann Sommers Racher and husband, Paul, of Columbus and Lynn Sommers Akers of Orlando; daughter-in-law Mindy Sommers McDermott; and stepgrandchildren Kelly and Christopher Akers of Orlando, Amanda and Emma Racher of Columbus and Stephanie Sommers of Kansas City. If you would like to make memorial contributions in Fred Banks' name, you may give to the First United Methodist Church of Ravenna, or to wherever you believe there is need.

Donald E. Welsh, DVM 1963

Dr. Donald E. Welsh, 81, a prominent Churubusco veterinarian and community leader, passed away in December 2010 at his residence with his family by his side after a four-month battle with cancer. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio on August 7, 1929, a son of Stanley and Doris (Vandenbark) Welsh, and graduated from high school there. He earned an associate degree from Michigan State University, and was engaged in farming until the age of 29 when he entered The Ohio State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture and DVM. He was the owner and operator of Churubusco Veterinary Hospital for 42 years, retiring in 2005. Following his retirement, he continued to work part time at the clinic now operated by his former associate, Dr. Neil Hanni.

In addition to his veterinary practice, his life was marked by memberships and activities in a variety of civic and fraternal organizations. He was a member of Churubusco United Methodist Church, Churubusco Masonic Lodge # 515 F&AM, Churubusco Order of the Eastern Star # 136, Churubusco Rotary, Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne, Whitley County Shrine Club, and Scottish Rite, Valley of Fort Wayne. He served on the executive board of the Humane Society of Whitley County and the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce, and was named Churubusco Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year" in 1999. He enjoyed playing golf and riding his bike.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Polick). Other surviving relatives include two sons, Brian (Tracy) Welsh of Greenwood, and Ronald (Donna) Welsh of Mooresville, NC; three step children, Cynthia (Tom) Ritter of Oregon, OH. Kenneth Polick of Riverview, Fl., and Roger (Wynelle) Ulrich of Vacaville, CA. a sister, Marie (Russ) Bolin of Zanesville, Oh. his brother Robert Welsh of Mt. Pleasant, MI; seven grandchildren; Audree (Chad) Ousley, Diana Welsh, Megan Welsh, Matt Welsh, Morgan Welsh, Delaney Welsh, and Greyson Welsh; eight step-grandchildren; Christie Slaman, Brian Slaman, Elysia Ulrich, Zachary Ulrich, Allison Ulrich, Andrea Polick, Becca Polick, and Ben Polick. Also nieces Trudy Matz, Pam Derry, Deborah Welsh, and Kellie Froelicher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son George. Preferred memorials are to the Churubusco United Methodist Church, or the Whitley County Humane Society,

E.C. Peck, DVM 1943

Dr. Edesell "E. C." Peck, 94, Monroe, Ohio, died in September 2010. He practiced in Middletown and Madison Township for 35 years, beginning with large animal medicine and then focusing on small animals. Dr. Peck was a member of the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. Active in civic life, he was a past president of the Madison School District Board of Education. Dr. Peck is survived by his wife, Ida Mae. Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Retirement Village Life Care Fund, 1001 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229.

Jerome Arthur Theobald, DVM 1955

Dr. Jerome "Jerry" Theobald, 79, of Cocoa Beach, FL entered into rest in February 2011. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and a former Cincinnati Zoo veterinarian. Dr. Theobald was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, as well as Ohio and Florida Veterinary Medical Associations. He was a contributor to the first edition of "Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine," the textbook which is still widely used in veterinary colleges today. The former owner of Theobald Animal Hospital (Cincinnati), and Collins Animal Hospital (Pompano Beach) he retired in 1992 to Cocoa Beach. Jerry had a terrific sense of humor, loved life and lived it to the fullest. He truly enjoyed his profession. Historically-based strategic war games were his lifelong hobby. Jerry loved telling stories, fishing, Ohio State football, family and good food. Cruises and travel with his wife were treasured times. Jerry is survived by his wife of 55 years, Camille Reed Theobald. He was father of Mary Elie, Lt. Col. Ret. Michael Theobald, Nancy (deceased), Paula Collins, Geralyn Ashburn and Joseph Theobald. He was the proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Cincinnati Zoo, in remembrance of Dr. Jerry Theobald, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Ohio 45220-1399.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 2:21pm