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Connect to Veterinary Medicine - February 2015

News at the College

Awards and Research

Student-led study finds Toxoplasmosis infects northeastern Ohio deer

White-tailed deer in northeastern Ohio have a high rate of toxoplasmosis infection, according to a study led by third-year Ohio State veterinary student Gregory Ballash, who received his Master's of Public Health degree with a specialization in Veterinary Public Health in 2011 and is currently a student in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Find out more.

Ethiopia One Health initiative draws national recognition

The Institute of International Education has awarded Ohio State's One Health initiatives in Ethiopia with a 2015 Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education, thanks to its successful, growing partnership with Ethiopian research and educational institutions. Read more.

In the News

Dr. O'Quin quoted in Columbus Dispatch

Jeanette O'Quin, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, was quoted in the Columbus Dispatch about a new alternative to surgical sterilization for dogs that may eventually cost only $1 per shot. The alternative involves an injection of calcium chloride that damages cells used in the production and storage of sperm. The shot, which has not yet been approved by the FDA, could help manage pet overpopulation issues. To read the full Columbus Dispatch article, click here. 

Chicago police officer reunited with K9 partner after successful surgery at VMC

A K9 police dog from Chicago's Village of Alsip Police Department will be back at work soon  thanks to Dr. Jonathan Dyce, who performed a successful total hip replacement surgery on the 7-year-old German Shepard and Malinois mix on Jan. 7. Read the article here.

Faculty member serves as head veterinarian at World's Toughest Rodeo

Professional cowboys and girls performed in an intense, head-to-hoof competition at the Jerome Schottenstein Center on Jan. 10 in "The World's Toughest Rodeo," and Dr. Jonathan Yardley, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, provided one of the show's major safety nets as the lead, on-site veterinarian. Read more.

Latest "Update for Veterinarians" now available

The January-February edition of the Veterinary Medical Center's bimonthly newsletter, "Update for Veterinarians," is available here. The publication also is distributed through the OVMA newsletter, which is mailed to member veterinarians throughout Ohio.

Upcoming Events On Campus

Ohio State cat expert to give "A Message from Your Cat"

Feline expert Dr. Tony Buffington will offer a different perspective on why cats do what they do, by looking at human behavior from a cat's perspective. His seminar, "A Message from Your Cat," will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium. Click here for further information.

Meet Captain Montalván and his dog Tuesday

Former U.S. Army Captain and New York Times bestselling author Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog, Tuesday, will present his inspirational memoir, Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, on Feb. 17 from 5:45–8 p.m. at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 11 to Lauren Lammers at or 614-292-8727.  Click here for additional information.

2015 Midwest Veterinary Conference

Lunch with the Experts

Please plan to join faculty from the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center for a lunch conversation and one hour of continuing education credit on Feb. 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Taft Room C in the Hyatt Regency during the 2015 Midwest Veterinary Conference. This event, sponsored by Elanco, is a great opportunity for you to engage in discussion with faculty experts in small group settings to learn practical information regarding diagnostic approach and case management and to have your questions answered about specific areas of interest. Please click here to register for one of the table topics with the faculty experts. If you have any questions, contact Lauren Lammers at 614-292-8727 or

Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Cocktail and Hor d'Oeuvres Reception

The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Reception at the Midwest Veterinary Conference will be held on Feb. 21 from 5 - 7 p.m. The conference is at the Columbus Convention Center and the reception will be held in Delaware A&B in the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Please RSVP by Monday, February 16 to Lauren Lammers at

Continuing Education News

Vet Expert Express

The College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with the Veterinary Medical Center, invite you to participate in a new series of short online lunchtime lectures. There is no fee to participate and the series is approved for continuing education credit. The first series will be presented by Dr. Cathy Langston, and will explore topics surrounding nephrology. Find out more. Online registration begins March 2. For assistance with registration, contact:

Ultrasound Course

The Office of Continuing Education is hosting a Basic & Intermediate Abdominal Ultrasound Course on April 18-19, 2015. This course offers lectures in the morning and the afternoon is spent in the lab where attendees will gain hands-on ultrasound experience.   For more information on offers for each day, click here. Register online or contact Lauren Lammers at or 614-292-8727.

Save the Date! Ohio State & IAMS

The 2015 Ohio State & IAMS Symposium will focus on small-animal renal and urinary health Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. To view lecturers and topics to be covered, please click here. For questions, please email or call 614-292-8727.

For Alumni

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.

Alumni News

Alumni featured in "Veterinarians On Call" YouTube series

A new YouTube series presented by Zoetis as part of its Commitment to Veterinarians initiative, "Veterinarians On Call," currently features Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine alumni: Drs. Linda Randall and Deanna Fuller. The series, which launched in 2011, has gained a total of 4.5 million views, 3,700 YouTube subscribers and is one of the the top five veterinary channels on YouTube. Dr. Randall is featured in two videos including, "Dog behavior, cat pneumonia: A day's work" Dr. Fuller is featured in three spots, two of which demonstrate for children examining a horse and a dog, as well as a video about shelter medicine

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.

In Memoriam

Dr. Hobart Dale Schoonover

Hobart Dale "Doc" Schoonover, 96, of Findlay, Ohio passed away in late 2014. Dr. Schoonover graduated from Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1943. He had his own veterinary practice until he retired in 1980, and then trained racing harness horses full-time.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 11:47am