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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: July 2012

News at the College

Receiving a hoodCongratulations to the Class of 2012

The Class of 2012 was honored for the completion of their academic career on Saturday, June 9. Students were recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony where awards were given to those students who excelled in their clinical rotations. The College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed 138 new veterinarians into their chosen field at the annual Oath and Hooding ceremony. Surrounded by friends and family, students received their scarlet and grey academic hood as a symbol of their degree.

Honored facultyCongratulations to faculty award winners and Distinguished Alumni

At this year's Oath and Hooding ceremony held Saturday, June 9, in addition to recognizing the Class of 2012, the College of Veterinary Medicine also recognized five faculty award winners and several Distinguished Alumni Award winners, including Dr. Robert Hamlin, Dr. Gregory Parham, Dr. Robert Sherding, and Dr. John Stick. Follow the link for a full list of award winners and to read their bios.

Jimmy JohnsonStudent works with endangered wolves in Chicago

This past spring senior veterinary student Jimmy Johnson had the opportunity to work with the Chicago Zoological Society at the Brookfield Zoo planning immobilization protocols for Mexican grey wolves. Johnson also performed physical exams and assisted with CT scans to screen the wolves for nasal adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer thought to target wild dog populations such as Mexican grey wolves. Read more about Johnson's experience.

Veterinary Medicine in the News

Dr. Buffington on "All Sides with Ann Fisher"

Dr. Tony Buffington appeared on WOSU's "All Sides with Ann Fisher" on Monday, June 11 to discuss the nation's most popular pet, the cat, and cat behavior and health. "All Sides" is a live, public affairs talk show, with listener phone calls and emails, on WOSU public radio. Read more about Dr. Buffington and watch a video of his appearance on "All Sides."

Alumni Updates

Alumnus Dr. Ronald Lyman conducted MRI on chimpanzee

Dr. Ronald Lyman, an alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and founder of the Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Fort Pierce, Florida works with Save the Chimps to check 26-year-old chimpanzee, Vanna, for neurological issues. The team used an MRI machine to check the chimp for lesions in different areas of her brain. Read more and see the video.

Upcoming Events

Pelotonia, August 10-12

This year will be the fourth annual Pelotonia bike ride to raise money to support cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The College of Veterinary Medicine is sponsoring a team as part of Team Buckeye and alumni are welcome to join. All levels of bike enthusiasts are welcome! Last year, a record $13.1 million was raised. Dr. Michelle Harcha is team captain. To register, go to and register as an individual. Then, contact Dr. Harcha at with your rider ID, and she will add you to the team. To donate to the College of Veterinary Medicine Peloton, visit our Pelotonia profile.

Start of classes, August 22

After years of planning the college will celebrate its first autumn semester with the start of classes on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.

Save the date for Reunion-Homecoming Weekend!

The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend is now called Reunion-Homecoming Weekend, and it will be held during Homecoming weekend, October 5-7, 2012. The class reunions will be held on Friday, October 5, celebrating the classes of 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2007. The Buckeyes' football game on Saturday, October 6 will be a matchup against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Please note that tickets to this game will be in high demand; therefore, a ticket lottery will be held. Participants must be members of both the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and The Ohio State University Alumni Association to participate. More information about the lottery will be provided closer to Reunion-Homecoming Weekend. For additional information about this event and to see the tentative schedule of events for the entire weekend, please visit the Reunion-Homecoming Weekend website.

In Memoriam

Dr. Jay Eugene "Gene" Graber (DVM 1955)

Jay Eugene "Gene" Graber, DVM, of Plain City, died in May at Springfield Masonic Community. Dr. Graber was born in 1928 in Orville, Ohio and graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1950. He received his DVM degree from Ohio State in 1955 and went on to serve in various branches of the U.S. Army and Ohio National Guard, achieving the rank of Colonel. He retired after a career with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Industry. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marynell (Walker) and parents Jay B. and Mary K. Graber. He is survived by children, Holly (Kenny) Boerger, Julie Graber (Dave Parfrey), and Ben (Chris) Graber; brother, David P. Graber; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donations in his memory may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Indiana Chapter (

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Friday, June 29, 2012 - 10:54am