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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: January 2013

News at the College

New collaboration with Columbus Zoo and the Wilds to spur research through new residency

Barb WolfeThrough a new residency program created in partnership with the Wilds and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, students at Ohio State will explore the intersections of animal health, environmental health, and human health – a concept termed "One Health." The College of Veterinary Medicine has established a joint residency program in ecosystem health and conservation medicine led by Barbara Wolfe, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACZM, associate professor of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The new three-year residency program, which begins in fall of 2014 and requires completion of a DVM degree, will lead to a master's degree as well as eligibility to take the ACZM board exam. A year of extensive coursework will be followed by a year each at the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds for hands-on work in zoological medicine and pursuit of a master's degree research project. One veterinary resident will be admitted to the program each year. Read more about the program.

Veterinary professor leads study published in leading scientific journal

Yasuko RikihisaYasuko Rikihisa, professor of veterinary biosciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, is lead author of a research study that appears online this week in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study shows that bacteria causing the tick-borne disease anaplasmosis in humans create their own food supply by hijacking a process in host cells that normally should help kill the pathogenic bugs. Co-authors from Ohio State's Department of Veterinary Biosciences also included Hua Niu and Qingming Xiong. Read more.

CVM students receive OSU honors

Famke Aeffner

Famke Aeffner, DVM, has been awarded an Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship from the Graduate School. Dr. Aeffner is a CVM graduate student and a graduate research associate in Dr. Ian Davis' laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. Her research aims to close a significant therapeutic gap in the treatment of influenza patients with respiratory failure, develop new techniques in the field of lung function analysis in the mouse, and redefine the mouse model of ARDS due to influenza infection in order to identify new drug targets and test candidate compounds. 

The Graduate School has also selected Veterinary Medicine graduate student Kshipra Chandrashekhar, DVM, as one of the 10 allotted nominees from Ohio State to submit a full application for a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship. Dr. Chandrashekhar is a graduate fellow in Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara's laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the Food Animal Health Research Program at OARDC. Her main focus is to investigate the bacterium, Campylobacter jejuni, and the influence of the colonization of this enteric pathogen in different hosts on pathogenesis. Read more about these honors and their research.

Upcoming Events

Veterinarian Appreciation Night

Invite your family and friends to enjoy a night at The Schott to watch Ohio State Men's Ice Hockey versus Western Michigan on February 15th. There will be a pregame meet and greet at the Block "O" Lounge on the Club Level from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Discounted group tickets are available for $7 (includes any taxes/fees) for groups of 10 people or more (while supplies last). Please contact: Russ Kilgore (Group Ticket Sales) by phone at (614)292-5476 or at

Alumni Updates

CVM alumnus named AAVMC president

Kent Hoblet, DVM '71, MS, '84, Dipl. ACVPM, has been named president-elect of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) for 2012-13. Dr. Hoblet, dean of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, will assume the presidency of the group in the next academic year. Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, 12 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and a variety of other institutions. 

CVM alumnus receives EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award

Dr. Richard Tully (DVM '78), partner with the Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic, Ltd., has been awarded the 2012 EQUUS Foundation Humanitarian Award. This honor is given by the United States Equestrian Federation and The EQUUS Foundation to celebrate the humanitarian achievements made by a member of the equestrian world. Read the full story.

The Ohio State University Alumni Association Membership

You can become a sustaining member of the OSU Alumni Association, with an annual gift of $75 or more which can also support the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Just a few funds to consider:

  • Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion Fund – 314090
    To provide funds for the enhancement and expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center
  • Veterinary Medicine Students First – Students Now Scholarship Fund – 308457
    To support veterinary students
  • Veterinary Biosciences Support Fund – 301456
    For animal research and for support of Veterinary Biosciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences Advancement Fund – 301106
    To support veterinary clinical sciences
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine Support Fund – 306355
    To support preventive medicine

You can complete your OSUAA membership by making a gift online:

A Special Thank You

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine would like to offer a special thank you to all of our alumni that have taken the time out of their schedules to help with the interview process for the Class of 2017. This year the College of Veterinary Medicine has had more applicants than ever before. Each year the selection process involves a tremendous college effort to select the best group of students possible, and we truly value your help in the process.

Adam Ballard Don Sanders Michael Stone
Andy Plum Jay Zachman Nicole Karrasch
Carrie Belles Jeff Niziolek Robert Knapp
Cynthia Bowlin Jim Estep Stephen Walker
Daniel Hughes Joseph Varga Susan Borders
David Duvall Joy Dvorak Susan Reed
David Glauer Kelly Rickabaugh Tim Kolb
Dawn Spangler Lauren Holtvoigt  

In Memoriam

Robert L. Rausch

Robert (Bob) L. Rausch (DVM '45) passed away last October. He was born in 1921, and after completing veterinary school, he began a long research career in 1948. He spent 27 years with the U.S. Public Health Service at the Arctic Health Research Center in Alaska, eventually becoming Chief of the Infectious Disease Section. In 1978, he became a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, and in 1992, he became an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine. Bob's research focus was the pathogenesis of zoonotic parasitic diseases, and some of his most important work focused on cestodes of the genus Echinococcus. Outside his area of focus, he was also involved in field and laboratory investigations of other zoonotic diseases, including rabies, brucellosis, and tularemia. Much of the research that Bob did was in collaboration with his wife, Virginia, who survives him. Individually and collectively they published in excess of 300 manuscripts. In 2011, Bob was named by the American Society of Parasitology to a very exclusive list of only eleven 'Eminent Parasitologists.' Additionally, he received numerous honorary degrees including Doctor of Laws by the University of Saskatchewan, Doctor of Science by the University of Alaska, and Doktor der Veterinärmedizin by the Universität Zürich. He was also named a distinguished alumnus by The Ohio State University. In recognition of his work, the American Veterinary Medical Association bestowed its Public Service Award upon him. Bob was profoundly grateful for the awards and recognition he was given.

George F. Dixon

George F. Dixon (DVM '43) passed away in November. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, George worked as an Army Veterinarian. He retired as a Colonel after 31 years in the army with service in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He was 92 years old.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 4:25pm