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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: January 2011

Welcome to the January 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!

Help us better prepare our students!

The AVMA Council on Education has mandated that veterinary schools evaluate the clinical competency of their students, specifically their ability to perform common procedures necessary in the practice of veterinary medicine. To that end, the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University has developed a list of approximately 300 clinical competencies to be evaluated in its veterinary students as they progress through the program. We are seeking your assistance as seasoned practitioners in helping us understand which of these clinical competencies you believe are essential in new graduates. We are requesting that you complete the survey and simply check "yes" or "no" next to each competency depending on whether or not you believe it is an essential skill for a new veterinary graduate. In appreciation of your efforts, you will receive a $10 coupon (applied to your shopping cart upon purchase) to use on any online Continuing Education course. We sincerely hope you will complete the survey and use the coupon to take one of our online courses! Thanks very much for your efforts to improve our professional program.

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

K9 officer treated at Veterinary Medical Center should make full recovery

Jeck (pronounced "Jack") a K-9 officer from Gallia County sustained neck injuries while pursuing a suspect during a Vinton County chase. Jeck came to the Veterinary Medical Center and underwent surgery on Friday, January 21. He was released the next day and will be following up with his veterinarian at home.

Read more about the K9 officer's recovery.

Greyhound Health and Wellness Program featured in newsletter

Since 2008, the web services team at the Prior Health Sciences Library and Center for Knowledge Management has partnered with The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. This collaboration has enhanced the college's web presence for several organizations, including the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program.

More information on the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program feature.

Healthy cats may get sick when routines are disrupted

According to a study published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, healthy cats are just as likely as chronically ill cats to exhibit "sickness behaviors" such as refusing food, vomiting, and leaving waste in inappropriate places, when their routines are disrupted. The research was conducted by Judi Stella, doctoral candidate, as part of a long-term study on environmental enrichment. The papers other co-authors include Dr. Tony Buffington, professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Read more about healthy cat routines.

Dr. Linda Lord featured in AVMA podcast

Dr. Linda Lord, professor in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, was featured in an AVMA podcast on microchipping.

Listen to Dr. Lord's podcast.

Dr. Michael Lairmore appointed associate director at OSUCCC

Dr. Michael Lairmore, professor and associate dean of research and graduate studies, has been appointed the associate director for Shared Resources at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC). As associate director for Shared Resources, Dr. Lairmore will oversee a network of 16 specialized services, or core facilities, which help investigators conduct cancer research by reaching across medical disciplines to offer expert leadership and training, as well as clinical, administrative, and technical support, plus state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Read more about Dr. Lairmore's appointment.

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 Veterinary Public Health Master's degree program.

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

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, Fairfield Room.

Plan now for annual open house

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

In Memoriam

John W. Haughn, DVM 1962

Dr. John W. (better known as "Doc") Haughn, age 79, of Canal Winchester, passed away January 10, 2011, after a courageous battle with multiple health issues. He was born July 26, 1931, to the late Leo and Eunice Haughn in Union County, OH, the eldest of five children. "Doc" practiced veterinary medicine for 45 years in Canal Winchester and for the State of Ohio. John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Norma; son, Ed (Barbara) Haughn; grandsons John (Tricia) and Shawn (Sara) Haughn; great-grandchildren, Hillary, Tommy, Sophia, Sylvia and Stella Haughn; sister, Donna (Wayne) Gray; and brothers, Ed (Sue), Bob (Bonnie) and Sam (Nellie) Haughn. Donations may be made to the Hopewell UMC Scholarship Fund or to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dean E. LeBeau, DVM 1970

Dr. Dean E. LeBeau, 66 of Lawrence Twp., died unexpectedly January 26, 2011 following an accident at his home. He was a life-long resident of the Jackson Township area, a 1962 Jackson High School graduate, and attended Capital University. He received a BS degree in Zoology in 1967 and a DVM in 1970 from The Ohio State University. He was elected to Phi Zeta Veterinary Honorary Fraternity and served in the Veterinary Corps. of the U.S. Army from 1970-1972, stationed at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. He was the founder of the Animal Care Clinic, which he operated for 22 years until his retirement in 2001. Dean was instrumental in the founding of the Stark County Veterinary Emergency Clinic, where he served on the board for many years. He served on the Board of the Stark County Humane Society and was a lifetime member of both the AVMA and OVMA and also was active in the Stark County Veterinary Association. He currently served on the Board of Directors for the Jackson Twp. Historical Society. He was a past member of Zion Lutheran Church, North Canton and a current member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, North Canton, where he served several years as a teller and recently had returned from a mission trip to Haiti. He was currently serving on the committee for the Class of 1970 Communication and Learning Center at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Grace (Ramsire) LeBeau; sister-in-law, Anna Mae LeBeau. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Joan Patton LeBeau; children, Ashley (Chad) Peterson of Camas, Washington; Shane (Kristin) LeBeau of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Hanna and Hayden Peterson and Braden LeBeau; brother, Ellis LeBeau of Canton; sister, Shirley (Daniel) Dennis of Canton and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Cross Lutheran Building Fund or the Stark County Humane Society.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 10:23am