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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: June 2012

June 2012

News at the College

Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. This is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a U.S. scientist and is a reflection of Dr. Rikihisa's outstanding research career. Dr. Rikihisa specializes in the study of tick-borne diseases that infect food and fiber-producing animals, companion animals, and humans. A member of Ohio State's faculty since 1986, Rikihisa was named the University's 2011 Innovator of the Year by the Office of Research in recognition of her translational research and commercialization activities. Read more about Dr. Rikihisa's research and accomplishments.

Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa  

Dr. Belknap inducted into International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame

Dr. James Belknap, Professor of Equine Surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and a well-known specialist in equine laminitis, has been inducted into the 2012 Class of the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame. Read the full story about Dr. Belknap and his research.

Dr. James Belknap  

Alpaca Cria birth signifies successful embryo transfer

Alpaca reproduction is a complicated business. Unlike other farm animal species, the use of artificial insemination and other assisted reproductive techniques poses a great challenge for veterinarians working with these animals and the gestation period is a lengthy 11 months. How, then, can a breeder reproduce multiple crias from the most valuable animals in a relatively short period? Through embryo transfer, a technique now being perfected by the reproduction specialists at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. Read more here.

Alpaca Embryo Transfer  

Equine foot care at the Galbreath Equine Center

Trey Green and Todd Adams are both farriers at the Galbreath Equine Center and have been shoeing horses for nearly 20 years. While farriers' work is physically taxing and often stressful, one aspect that they particularly enjoy is getting to work with the veterinarians at Ohio State. They regularly trim horses that are under the care of veterinarians at the Galbreath Equine Center to try and work through different types of podiatry issues. "At Ohio State we have access to excellent radiographs, an array of treatment options, and the knowledge and opinions of many different veterinarians," said Trey. "By combining our knowledge and their knowledge, we can do what's absolutely best for the horse and change what's going on for the better." Read more about Troy and Todd.

Troy and Todd  

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

On Saturday, June 9, the Class of 2012 will be honored for the completion of their academic career. Students will first be recognized at the Honors and Awards Ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd. Excellence awards will be given to those students who excelled in their clinical rotations. Saturday evening, at 8 p.m., the College of Veterinary Medicine will welcome 138 new veterinarians into their chosen field at the annual Oath and Hooding ceremony, held at Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. Surrounded by friends and family, students will receive their scarlet and grey academic hood as a symbol of their degree. The hood is worn draped around the neck and over the shoulders, displayed down the back with the lining exposed, and is considered the most formal part of academic dress, which includes the more familiar cap and gown.


Congratulations to faculty award winners and Distinguished Alumni

At this year's Oath and Hooding ceremony held Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium, in addition to recognizing the Class of 2012, the College of Veterinary Medicine will also recognize three 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.


Changes coming to pet loss hotline

The Companion Animal Listening Line (CALL) at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine was one of the first pet loss support lines offered in the country. The service offered counseling to people who were grieving the loss of a pet and provided training to veterinary students who wanted to learn more about communication with clients during difficult times in their lives. Improved communication classes are now a required part of the DVM curriculum in the College. As a result, fewer students are taking the class. In addition, fewer clients are using the service, thanks in part to new resources available on our web page. Read more about the changes coming to "CALL."


Update for Veterinarians now available online

"Update for Veterinarians" is distributed bi-monthly through the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association to keep veterinarians up-to-date on news and advancements at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center. The current May-June issue of the newsletter provides information on our important Veterinary Practitioner Advancement Boards, including a list of improvements that the boards have helped implement to enhance service to our clients, and the veterinarians who refer them. The newsletter also includes an introduction to our new faculty members. An archive of current and past issues of the newsletter can be viewed online.


Veterinary Medicine in the News

Friend of the College featured in local magazine

Barbara Trueman, longtime supporter of the College, was featured in May's issue of Capital Style magazine. Wife of Red Roof Inn founder Jim Trueman, Mrs. Trueman first visited the Veterinary Medical Center with her horse, Tex, many years ago. Since then, Mrs. Trueman has continued to frequent the VMC with her beloved horses and remains one of the College's best advocates for research and development. Read more about Mrs. Trueman. Read Capital Style's profile on the VMC.

Ohio State veterinarian featured on NPR's "Dog Talk Radio"

Dr. Alicia Bertone, the Trueman Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery, appeared live on the April 26th segment of Dog Talk Radio. Dr. Bertone was interviewed about her recent study on C-PET platelet therapy use in dogs with osteoarthritis. The interview segment will soon be available online. Read more about the C-PET platelet therapy study.

Dr. Hoet's "Farm to Table Study Program" featured in Impact magazine

Led by Dr. Armando Hoet, director of Ohio State's Veterinary Health Program, the Farm to Table Study Program sends 15 students from Ohio State's Veterinary Public Health program to countries in Latin America to study local food processing and production. Through the program, students meet with business, food, and government leaders to discuss issues and impacts related to food processing and production, especially with regards to food security. Participants have already been using their experiences from the Farm to Table Study Program to make positive impacts in the Department of Homeland Security and the Food and Drug Administration. Previous destinations include Costa Rica and Uruguay, and Dr. Hoet plans to send program participants to Chile in 2013. Eventually, he would like the program to grow enough to allow for several trips a year. Donations are a key component to allowing programs like Dr. Hoet's Farm to Table Study to continue and expand. To donate to the Veterinary Public Health program, please visit our donation siteRead the full story in Impact online.

Alumni Updates

Alumni Society Alumni Recognition Award Nominations

This year's Alumni Recognition Awards will be presented during Alumni Reunion Weekend, October 5-7, and acknowledge and honor the alumni of the college who have contributed to the enhancement of the veterinary medical profession. To nominate a fellow alumnus, complete the 2012 Call for Nominations form and mail it to the college by July 1. Please consider nominating a fellow alumnus; we have many distinguished alumni who are advancing veterinary medicine and this is a great opportunity to recognize their accomplishments.

Upcoming Events

Ohio State Days with the Columbus Crew

Ohio State Day with the Columbus Crew will be held Saturday, July 14, as the team takes on Kansas City. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and offers include $1 drafts and $1 brats, tickets starting at just $10, and tailgating with Ohio State fans. If you would like to register for the Crew game, click here and use the special offer code: bucksalumn. 

Register now for the Annual Golf Outing on June 25

Join us for a day of golf that benefits our scholarship endowment. The 2012 Annual Golf Outing will take place on Monday, June 25. It will be held on the beautiful Scarlet Course of The Ohio State University Golf Club (3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH 43221). More information is available on the Alumni Society website. We hope to see you there!

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 James Cancer Center 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.

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 on the lottery will be provided closer to Alumni Reunion 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. Archie Clay Priestley (DVM 1943)

Dr. Archie Clay Priestley passed away May 25. He was born November 4, 1920 in Green Township, Gallia County, Ohio to David Clay and Esther Martha (Platt) Priestley. Arch graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1937 and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1943. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ellen (Wheaton) Priestley, his parents, and his grandparents Henry Clay and Magdalene (Morgan) Priestley and Archie Winfield and Mary Beatta (Reuss) Platt. He will be dearly missed by sister, Esther Mary (Nash) Collier of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; daughter, Alicia (Jim) Walker of Columbus; son, David (Susan) Priestley of Birmingham, Michigan; and his grandchildren, Daniel Wheaton Priestley, Morgan Elliott Priestley, and Sarah Angeline Walker. Arch served as a Captain in the Army Veterinary Corps during World War II and was stationed in the European Theater from April 1943 to March 1946. Post war he was employed in veterinary sales with Allied Laboratories and later Dow Chemical. After eight years as a stock broker with First Columbus Corporation, he returned to veterinary sales with Hills Pet Products until his retirement in 1988. A life member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Arch served as OVMA Treasurer for twenty years. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Alpha Psi Fraternity, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and Aladdin Shrine. An avid Ohio State Football fan, he enjoyed gardening, genealogy, and travel. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to the Arch and Mary Ellen Priestley Veterinary Scholarship Fund #605917 at The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43221 or to the charity of your choice. Please visit to send condolences or sign their guestbook.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 2:35pm