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Veterinary Medical Center Partners with Midmark Corporation

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center is partnering with Midmark Corporation in Versailles, Ohio to increase education in periodontal disease and pet dental services for veterinary students. Through course electives, students will be informed of the dental treatments available, as well as the importance of preventive care and the treatment of periodontal disease. View photos of the new equipment and read more about the partnership.

Curing Cancer in Dogs at Ohio State Helps Humans, Too

The results of a clinical trial for dogs with cancer that was initially led by Dr. Cheryl London at the College of Veterinary Medicine allowed for the subsequent development of a drug for treating cancer in humans. Through the use of comparative oncology, the treatment of canine cancer with toceranib (marketed as Palladia) led to the development of a similar drug, sunitinib, for humans with cancer. Read the full article or watch a video preview.

New Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Dr. Linda Lord began her new position as the associate dean for Student Affairs at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine on July 1, 2011. Dr. Lord succeeds Dr. Jean Sander who is leaving Ohio State to become the Dean of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Read more about Dr. Lord and the position of associate dean for Student Affairs.

College study advances lung cancer research

A study led by Dr. Gwendolen Lorch, assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences, revealed a vital factor that can lead to complications in patients with certain forms of lung cancer. Dr. Lorch's research has revealed that the calcium-sensing receptor, which researchers originally thought did not exist in human lung tissue, is in fact found in normal and cancerous lung tissue. Dr. Lorch's research has recently been published in the journal Neoplasia and has been featured by The Ohio State University Research Communications Office. Read the full news story regarding Dr. Lorch.

Most successful Open House ever!

Nearly 3,000 people attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House. The event provided animal enthusiasts with the opportunity to learn more about animal care, animal health, and careers in veterinary medicine. The seminars and activities were designed for all ages, including the popular Children's Activity Center. Photos are now available from the Open House.

Veterinary Medical Center Update for Veterinarians

Members of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association receive a bi-monthly newsletter from their association – and the Veterinary Medical Center provides an insert with an update for veterinarians in each issue. These are available in a PDF format at: The May-June issue features outreach medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Please let us know if you would like to receive a printed copy in the mail from us. Contact Melissa Weber,

Stay Connected with Dean Lonnie King

Dr. Lonnie King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine provides bi-weekly updates to faculty, staff, and students in the college. You can read his updates:

Oath and Hooding, June 11

On Saturday, June 11, the College of Veterinary Medicine welcomed 139 new veterinarians into the profession at the annual Oath and Hooding ceremony, held at Mershon Auditorium. In addition to recognizing the most recent graduates, the College of Veterinary Medicine also recognized three faculty award winners and three Distinguished Alumni Award winners. The three Distinguished Alumni Award winners include: Dr. Gary L. Cockerell, (PhD 1976), Donald J. Meuten, (PhD 1981), and A. Simon Turner, (MS 1976).

The three faculty award winners include: Zoetis (formally Pfizer) Distinguished Teaching Award, Ronaldo C. da Costa, DMV, PhD, assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery in Veterinary Clinical Sciences; Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health) Award for Research Excellence, Wondwossen A. Gebreyes, DVM, PhD, associate professor Veterinary Preventive Medicine; and Dean's Award for Creativity in Teaching, Linda K. Lord, DVM, PhD, associate professor Veterinary Preventive Medicine. More details of the faculty award winners.

Updates from the Office of Continuing Education

Upcoming CE Conferences:

  • Royal Canin/Ohio State Symposium: Topics in Canine Clinical Practice
    • Date: October 8-9, 2011
    • Location: Hilton Hotel at the Easton Town Center, Columbus, OH
    • Course fee: $395
    • Description: Experienced clinical experts will share their practical approaches to diagnosis and treatment for the most common problems in primary care including canine aggression, treatment of antibiotic resistant infections, and oncology therapy. 15 CE hours
  • Thermal Imaging Conference
    • Date: August 11-14, 2011
    • Location: The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center
    • Course fee: $850
    • Description: Learn about the use of thermal imaging to assess the musculoskeletal system in performance animals; to diagnose neurological, dental, and infectious diseases; as well as the use of thermography in exotic and small animal practice. 25 CE hours

Online CE Course:

  • American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists Guidelines for Anesthesia in Horses
    • Course fee: $40
    • Description: This course is designed to enable you to develop safe anesthetic care plans for horses, understand the minimums that experts recommend for monitoring anesthesia, and recognize and respond to anesthetic complications. 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

Pelotonia 11 / Team Buckeye, August 19-21

This year will be the third annual Pelotonia bike ride to raise money to support cancer research at The Ohio State University James Cancer Center and Solove Research Institute. Statistically speaking, one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer; each year 1.4 million individuals in this country hear the words "you have cancer." It is safe to say that each and every one of us has been touched by cancer or knows someone who has been affected by this disease. The College of Veterinary Medicine is sponsoring a team and alumni are welcome to join. Routes vary from 23 miles to a round trip to Athens, OH. All levels of bike enthusiasts are welcome! Last year, $7.8 million was raised. Go to or contact Dr. Michelle Harcha at

Alumni Reunion Weekend, September 9-11

The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend will be held September 9-11, 2011. The annual class reunions, banquet, and auctions will be held on Friday, September 9 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. On Saturday, September 10, the annual membership meeting and board meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by the dean's State of the College address, and the annual tailgate brunch, prior to the football game. The Buckeyes' matchup against the Toledo Rockets begins at noon. Registration materials are being mailed the week of July 18. For more information about this event and to see the schedule of events for the entire weekend please visit the Alumni Reunion Weekend website. Online registration will open Monday, July 18.

Founder's Day

September 17 is Founder's Day at Ohio State. In order to make a public impact, the Ohio State University Alumni Association is asking alumni to participate on Facebook. On September 17, all Ohio State Alumni should change their profile picture to the "Block O" for the day.

Download "Block O" images suitable for posting to Facebook and Twitter.

In Memoriam

John T. Weske, DVM 1971

Dr. John T. Weske, 64 of Marblehead, Ohio, died suddenly April 10 in Dayton, Ohio. John was born March 27, 1946, the son of John and Lois Weske of Sandusky. He was a 1964 graduate of Sandusky High School and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. He continued his studies at John Hopkins University where he received a Master of Public Health degree specializing in epidemiology and infectious diseases. John retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel. During his years in the military he served in the CIA, DIA and after his retirement worked with the Department of Defense. He was an avid boater, and a car and motorcycle enthusiast. John is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Weske of Marblehead; children: Jennifer and Robert Monroe of Melissa, Texas, Major John and Regina Weske of Dayton, Ohio, Ashley Bevill of Frederick, Maryland; eight grandchildren: Connor and Collin Monroe, Lauren, Brooke, Kate, Julia and Anna Weske, and Ivan Bevill. He is also survived by his father, John Weske of Sandusky and two sisters, Jan Bucholz of Sandusky and Sylvia Yostes of Germany. John was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Weske. The family is requesting donations go to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

Carl A. Jolley, DVM 1956

Dr. Carl A. Jolley, 82, Pleasant Hill, Tenn., died in December 2010. Prior to retirement, he worked for the Department of Agriculture. Earlier in his career, Dr. Jolley practiced mixed animal medicine in Indiana and worked for the New Zealand Department of Agriculture. His wife, Donna, and three sons survive him.

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