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Connect to Veterinary Medicine - January 2015

News at the College and VMC

Dr. Yasuko RikihisaDr. Yasuko Rikihisa named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She is one of two professors at Ohio State who received this honor.  She developed diagnostic platforms for a number of tick-borne zoonotic diseases. Her work has led to products that are now commercially available and are included in annual health-screening panels for dogs. Read more here. 


Digital First Impact Grant sends iPads to Ethiopia for One Health Initiative

A $25,000 grant from Ohio State's Office of Distance Education and eLearning has been allocated to Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes and his colleagues involved in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Global One Health Initiative in the form of 40 iPad minis. Read more.

Dr. Michael OglesbeeFaculty member named 2014 AAAS Fellow

Dr. Michael Oglesbee, chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences is one of six Ohio State faculty who were named 2014 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Nationally, there were 401 members selected. Read more.

4 Legs 4 Houngs4 Legs 4 Hounds: Connecting greyhounds to foster homes, affordable care

The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center lends a helping hand to greyhounds around the nation through its 4 Legs 4 Hounds Greyhound Program. The financial assistance and foster-home network that the program provides recognizes the population of non-racing greyhounds who are neglected (and often euthanized) once they can no longer be on the track. Read more, or check out a video that was produced about the program by Ronna Colilla, a 2014 Ohio State journalism graduate.

Veterinary ExtensionVeterinary Extension Newsletter reinvigorated

The Ohio Veterinary Newsletter, distributed by the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine's Veterinary Extension Unit, has been revived, with the goal of providing relevant, research-based news on grants, research findings, opportunities and more to veterinarians across the state. Learn more.

Upcoming Events

NAVCNAVC Alumni Reception

The North American Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception will be held in Orlando, Fl. on Jan. 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Orlando World Center Marriott in the Crystal Ballroom. Contact Lauren Lammers ( to RSVP and with questions.

Midwest Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception 

The Midwest Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception will be held in Columbus, Oh. on Feb. 21 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in the Deleware A & B Room on the second floor. Contact Lauren Lammers ( to RSVP and with questions. 

Cruise along the Alaskan Coast

Ohe Health CruiseIf 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

Alumnus named Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University

Bruce KeeneAn alumnus from the The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine's Class of 1979, Dr. Bruce Keene, was named a Jane Lewis Seaks Distinguished Professor for Companion Animal Medicine at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Keene is a professor of cardiology at NC State as well as an adjunct professor in Duke University's Department of Pediatrics, and "is the author of five patents, one book, 34 book chapters and 117 peer-reviewed publications that to date have been cited more than 900 times," David Green wrote in a news piece from NC State University. Read more about Keene here.

      American Association of Veterinary State Board elects alumnus as new director

      Dr. Roger RedmanRoger Redman, DVM '90, and president of Ark Veterinary Hospital Inc. in Wooster, Ohio, has been named director of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the national association of veterinary medicine state licensing boards, which regulate and give credential to licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

      Redman was elected by delegates from the 59 jurisdictions the AAVSB serves, including the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and six Canadian provinces. The news was announced at the association's national conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, in September. As director, Redman, among other duties, now oversees the Veterinary Technician National Exam. In addition to the national roles, Redman also acts as Gov. Kasich's appointee to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board located in Columbus, Ohio.

      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.

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      Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 3:16pm