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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: January 2012

News at the College

Leadership updates at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary MedicineDrs. Lord and Green, and Cathy Bindewald

Three important positions at the College of Veterinary Medicine feature new faces. Dr. Linda Lord, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, started as the new Associate Dean of Student Affairs in July. Dr. Patrick Green, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, accepted the position of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the college in September. Additionally, Cathy Bindewald started as the new Chief Information Officer in October. Click here for more information about these updated leadership positions.

New book about cat behavior now available

Tony BuffingtonA new book, "Your Home, Their Territory," offers cat lovers 10 simple steps to achieve a more enriched and comfortable living environment for cats. The book was authored by Dr. Tony Buffington, a professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, with writer Jeanne Tranter. The information in the book is based on material compiled by the Indoor Pet Initiative, a program at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center that strives to enhance the health and welfare of companion animals the world over. More information about the book and how to purchase it is available on our web site.

College of Veterinary Medicine well represented at the Sixth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot

The College of Veterinary Medicine was well represented at the Sixth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot held in West Palm Beach, Florida in October. The conference assembles leading-edge scientists, practitioners, and farriers from around the world, as well as committed horse owners and caretakers, to share the latest knowledge and experience in preventing and treating laminitis and other conditions affecting horses' feet. Read more information about Ohio State's attendance at the conference.

Updates from the Office of Continuing Education

Upcoming CE Conferences:

Basic & Intermediate Ultrasound Conference

  • Date: February 11-12, 2012
  • Location: The Ohio State University, Veterinary Medical Center
  • Course fee: $400 for one day or $750 for both
  • Description: The basic and intermediate ultrasound courses consist of lectures in the morning, and the afternoon is spent in the lab where attendees will gain hands-on ultrasound experience. The basic course is designed for the individual with little or no experience with diagnostic ultrasound. The intermediate ultrasound course provides further practice, and a preview of coming attractions for those who are not yet performing studies.
  • 13 CE hours

Online CE Course:

Disorders of Sodium: Hypernatremia and Hyponatremia

  • Course Fee: $40
  • Description: This online continuing education course will explain how the body regulates extracellular fluid volume and water balance, how hypernatremia and hyponatremia arise, and how hyponatremia can occur with both extracellular fluid volume depletion and volume expansion.
  • 1 CE hour

To view brochures for these and other continuing education courses, or to register for a course please visit the College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Continuing Education.

Upcoming Events

Join your Alumni Society for Men's Basketball!

Tickets are available for Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society members for the Ohio State vs. Penn State Men's Basketball Game, Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Game time is 6:30 p.m. in Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. Tickets are $21 and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be purchased online at

Midwest Veterinary Conference

The 2012 Midwest Veterinary Conference (MVC) will be held February 23-26, 2012. Visit the Midwest Veterinary Conference web site for more information. Be sure to visit the College of Veterinary Medicine booth in the exhibit hall.

Alumni Reception at the Midwest Veterinary Conference

The Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and the College of Veterinary Medicine will host an Alumni Reception at the Midwest Veterinary Conference. Please plan to join the dean and board members of the Veterinary Alumni Society on Saturday, February 25 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Ohio State Alumni Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets

Friday, February 24 is Ohio State Alumni Day with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Enjoy an evening with your family at Nationwide Arena as the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the Colorado Avalanche. Ohio State Alumni will enjoy special discounts and activities, including a postgame skate! The game starts at 7 p.m. and discounted game tickets start at $20. Follow the links for more information and to purchase tickets today! Use the Special Offer Code OSU Alumni when purchasing tickets.

Save the date for the next Alumni Golf Outing!

The next Alumni Golf Outing will take place on Monday, June 25, 2012. It will be held at the beautiful Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course, 3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH 43221. More information will be available in the future. We hope to see you there!

Alumni Updates

Alumnus Appointed as AAEP President

The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine graduate Dr. John S. Mitchell (DVM 1972), has been appointed to serve as the 2012 president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). Dr. Mitchell was inducted during the AAEP's 57th annual convention in San Antonio in November. In 1975, he established Equine Associates, a racetrack and pleasure horse practice in Boca Raton, Florida. Years later, he downsized and concentrated primarily on Standardbred care at the racetrack. His work on the racetrack allowed him to provide valuable insight into racehorse welfare, veterinary ethics, and practice management to the AAEP. Now, though currently retired from practice, Dr. Mitchell is passionate about financial planning for veterinarians and encourages veterinarians to weigh the economic value of veterinary treatment options for their clients.

In Memoriam

V. Glen "Red" Crago (DVM 1942)

Dr. V. Glenn "Red" Crago, 92, passed away in early December. He was born April 12, 1919 to Wilbur and Martha Crago of Bainbridge. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1942 and then practiced small animal medicine at his clinic in Youngstown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Fisher Crago, his daughter, Judy, and six brothers and sisters. He is survived by four children, Ruth Crago Palmer, Dr. Thomas Crago, Virginia Crago Black and David Crago; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Martha Lommler; and a brother, Dr. W. Bill Crago.

John David Dryer (DVM 1993)

Dr. John David Dryer, 46, died in December as a result of a gunshot wound he suffered in the line of duty. He was born February 5, 1965 to John and JoAnn Dryer of Avella. He grew up on a farm in Avella, which he helped his father run. Dr. Dryer graduated from Avella High School in 1983 and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Dr. Dryer previously worked as an equine veterinarian for the Heinz Hitch. Additionally, he owned and operated Chestnut Veterinary Clinic in Washington for the past 10 years and was a State Game Commission enforcement officer. In addition to being a veterinarian, Dr. Dryer worked for the past two years as an East Washington Borough police officer. Prior to his employment with the borough, he was a police officer for Donegal Township and Midway. He was certified in K-9 training and tracking with bloodhounds. John is survived by his parents; a son, Benjamin David Dryer; a brother, Donald Dean (Missy) Dryer; and a sister, Elizabeth (Rabo) Nijenhuis.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 11:47am