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Connect to Veterinary Medicine - March 2015

News at the College

Dean Lonnie King named Ohio's Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Lonnie King was honored as the 2014 Veterinarian of the Year at the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's annual Midwest Veterinary Conference. Dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. King received the Association's highest honor in recognition of his contributions to veterinary medicine spanning more than four decades.

Wolf Prize in agriculture awarded to Dr. Linda Saif

A total of nine North Americans were awarded Wolf Prizes in the arts and sciences this year, including Dr. Linda J. Saif, from The Ohio State University Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Her research in immunology and virology has led to a framework for understanding how the immune system defends itself against viruses that cause intestinal infections in humans and animals. Read more.

Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching goes to Dr. Teresa Burns

Clinical Instructor in Equine Field Services Dr. Teresa Burns has been named a recipient of a 2015 Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. This award annually recognizes a maximum of 10 faculty members at Ohio State for their teaching excellence. Students, faculty and alumni may nominate faculty, chosen by a committee of students, previous recipients and alumni. Dr. Burns received a certificate, $3,000 award, a raise to her salary and will be invited to several special events.

Dr. Rustin Moore inducted into WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni

Four alumni from West Virginia University, including associate executive dean at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine and executive director of the Veterinary Medical Center Dr. Rustin Moore, have been selected by the West Virginia University Alumni Association as the latest to enter the Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Click here to read more.

Dr. Tom Rosol appointed to NAS scientific reporting regulations committee

Dr. Tom Rosol, professor of veterinary biosciences, has been appointed to a 14-person "Committee on Federal Regulations and Reporting Requirements: A New Framework for Research Universities in the 21st Century" on behalf of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. Rosol will serve as the only veterinarian out of the 14 professionals appointed. Find out more.

Dr. Cheryl London  talks  about canine cancer  at TEDxOhioStateUniversity

Thirteen diverse speakers from The Ohio State University gave talks surrounding "The Human Narrative" on Feb. 14 at the Wexner Center for the Arts' Mershon Auditorium for TEDxOhioStateUniversity, an independent TED event. Read more here.

Rabies control in Ethiopia: Student research showcase

Ohio State student researchers and faculty presented their work investigating rabies and developing an eradication program for Ethiopia as part of the One Health Ethiopia partnership. Visiting scholar Dr. Asefa Deressa, senior scientist from the Ethiopian Public Health Institute, Zoonotic Disease Branch, also participated in the presentation. Read more.

Clinical Trials Office: Testing treatments for healthier canines

The Clinical Trials Office at the Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest of its kind, and the recent story of client Kaleigh Peters and her eight-year-old Doberman, is an example of the advances the office has made. Read the story here.

Pit bull saved after ingesting rat poison

Rat poison is known to be extremely lethal for dogs to consume, but veterinary experts at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center were able to save a four-year-old pit bull, Tank, after he ingested the toxic substance from a neighbor's yard. Read more.

College seeks applicants and nominations for dean

The Ohio State University, a comprehensive land-grant public research university serving over 57,000 students at its Columbus campus, welcomes applications and nominations for the next Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information click here.

Upcoming Events

2015 Health Professionals Summit - Emerging Infectious Diseases

The second annual Health Professionals Summit will be held March 27 and 28 at the Drake Performance Hall, located on Ohio State's campus, and will focus on emerging infectious diseases. The summit will include a keynote speaker, group and panel discussions, inter-professional development and more.  Registration opens Feb. 6. Check out the Health Professionals Summit Facebook page, and click here for a comprehensive schedule.

College Research Day

The College's Annual Research Day will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2015. This year's keynote address will be given by Dr. Patricia Conrad, professor and associate dean for Global Programs at UC-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Conrad is also the co-director of the One Health Center of Expertise: Water, Animals, Food and Society in the UC Global Health Institute. Everyone is invited to view student research posters from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and hear the keynote address. Click here to find out more.

Annual Golf Outing

The Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society will hold its annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 22 at the beautiful Ohio State Golf Club's Scarlet Course. The Outing has a scramble format. Registration is open to everyone and is limited to the first 144 paid golfers. Fee is $155 which includes a $25 donation to the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more information and to register go to

Continuing Education News

Continuing Education - Vet Expert Express

The College of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with the Veterinary Medical Center, invites you to attend a new series of short online lunchtime lectures. There is no fee to participate and the series is approved for continuing education credit. The first series will be presented by Dr. Cathy Langston, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and will explore topics in nephrology. Online registration began March 2, register here. For assistance with registration, contact:

Continuing Education-Ultrasound

The Office of Continuing Education is hosting a Basic & Intermediate Abdominal Ultrasound Course on April 18-19, 2015. This course offers lectures in the morning and the afternoon is spent in the lab where attendees will gain hands-on ultrasound experience. For more information on offers for each day, click here. Register online or contact Lauren Lammers at or 614-292-8727.

Save the Date! Ohio State & IAMS

The 2015 Ohio State & IAMS Symposium, which will focus on small animal renal and urinary health, will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. To view lecturers and topics to be covered, please visit For questions, please email or call 614-292-8727.

For Alumni

A White Coat is Just the Beginning...

...and you can help support our students during their clinical year. At the College of Veterinary Medicine’s annual White Coat Ceremony on May 3, the Class of 2016 students will receive a white coat that symbolizes the knowledge they have gained during their first three years of veterinary education. You can confirm the continuity of excellence shared by all graduates of the college by sponsoring a white coat and offering your advice and encouragement to our students. To date, 71 coats of the 160 needed for this class have been sponsored. You can become a sponsor today by making a (minimum) $100 gift on the following site: Please fill out the giving form and “advice card” and return to the address listed. For questions please contact Bonnie Bates at

Cruise along the Alaskan Coast

If 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.

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. Only two cabins remain so make your reservation today! Contact Deborah Vargo at 614-292-2372 or with any questions.

Midwest Veterinary Conference Participation

The College of Veterinary Medicine's participation in the Midwest Veterinary Conference showcased the college and the VMC in new and numerous ways. The booth in the exhibit hall featured a streamlined display that included video and promoted the upcoming nephrology web-based CE series and the new dialysis program. On the concourse the former Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society booth space featured an "Alumni Lounge" with furniture provided by Value City Furniture. There was enthusiastic attendance at "Lunch with the experts" and the alumni reception. View photos and download any that you would like here.

Alumni News

Dr. Dana King named 2014 Miami Valley VMA Vet of the Year

Dr. Dana King, of Mad River Township (near Enon, OH in Clark County), has been named the 2014 Miami Valley veterinarian of the year by the Miami Valley Veterinary Medical Association. He was worked at the Northside Veterinary Clinic for 36 years, taking over the practice from Dr. Wayne Enderle, his mentor. Read more about this honor in an article from the Springfield News Sun here.

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, March 5, 2015 - 10:43am