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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: May 2012

News at the College

Office of Student Affairs selects first group of student ambassadors

Twelve veterinary students, representing first, second, and third-year classes, have been chosen to become the first College of Veterinary Medicine Student Ambassadors. The ambassadors will serve as representatives at a variety of special events such as New Student Orientation, Open House, Midwest Veterinary Conference, White Coat Ceremony, Honors and Awards Ceremony, Oath and Hooding, admissions interview events, and alumni activities. The ambassadors were chosen for their strong leadership qualities, interpersonal skills, and sense of school spirit and pride. Read more about the Student Ambassadors' program.

"Update for Veterinarians" Newsletter Available Online

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

Dr. Couto receives Clinical Faculty Achievement Award

Dr. Guillermo Couto was chosen as the recipient of the 2012 AAVC Clinical Faculty Achievement Award. All member institutions of the American College of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC) are allowed to nominate one faculty member annually for this award. The Clinical Faculty Achievement Award is given to a member of the AAVC who has achieved recognition for his or her efforts on behalf of veterinary medicine. Dr. Couto is a Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and serves as the Director of the Animal Blood Bank and Founder and Director of the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program. His clinical and research interests include hematology, transfusion medicine, oncology, and greyhound medicine. We congratulate Dr. Couto on his well-deserved recognition and achievement!

News updates from the Office of Student Affairs

The inaugural issue of "Student Affairs News," the newsletter from the Office of Student Affairs, is now available on the college web page. The first issue includes articles about the new Student Ambassadors' program, the Annual Open House scheduled for May 19, a feature on Health and Wellness, and much more. A new issue will be published every semester. Suggestions are welcome, and can be directed to April Pugh, assistant director, at or Shayna Mohr at If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in future newsletters, please let them know.

Large animal services at Marysville

The Ohio State Large Animal Services at Marysville has five faculty veterinarians that service 16 counties. The facility serves privately owned horses, dairy and beef cattle, pigs, camelids (alpacas and llamas), deer, and small ruminants (goats and sheep) from central and western Ohio. Along with full medical services and surgery, the Large Animal Services offers year-round, 24-hour emergency coverage. Last year they saw more than 5,500 patients, including 322 emergency cases. A new brochure is now available for the Large Animal Services at Marysville. To obtain print copies please contact the Marysville office at (937) 642-2936, or you can view pdf versions of the brochure online at

Unique collaboration recovers spaniel's hearing

After Sandy Breckenridge started noticing that her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Murphy, stopped responding to normal noises, she took him to see Dr. Peter Scheifele at University of Cincinnati's FETCH-LAB (the Facility for the Education and Testing of Canine Hearing and Lab Animal Bioacoustics). After performing a full hearing examination, Scheifele determined that Murphy's hearing loss was not caused by hereditary issues and was very unusual, especially since Murphy was only three-and-a-half years old at the time. Scheifele recommended that Breckenridge take a trip to Ohio State's Veterinary Medical Center (VMC), where he was treated by Dr. Lynette Cole. Read about Murphy's full treatment and recovery here.

Free eye exams for service dogs at the Veterinary Medical Center

Veterinary ophthalmologists from The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) will offer free sight-saving eye exams for service dogs in May. Ohio State's board certified ophthalmologists are participating with hundreds of veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S. and Canada offering these eye assessments to thousands of service dogs as part of the ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Day. This is the fourth year the VMC has participated in National Service Dog Eye Exam Day. In 2011 the VMC provided 19 free exams.
Please read more about this service.

Veterinary Student featured on university website

Adam Pendleton, a third-year veterinary student at the College of Veterinary Medicine, was featured on The Ohio State University's website along with 14 other students highlighting what they did over spring break. Adam placed fourth at the American Farrier Association's (AFA) National Championship.  Adam was designated as one of the youngest certified journeyman farriers, the AFA's highest certification. Read more about Adam and see his feature on the website here.

Alumni Updates

Alumnus received National Institute for Animal Agriculture Award

Dr. Tony Forshey, Chief of Animal Health and State Veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, received the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's prestigious Chairman's Award during the organization's annual conference. The Chairman's Award is given to an outstanding volunteer for his unselfish dedication and tireless devotion to the advancement of animal agriculture. Dr. Forshey is a 1977 graduate from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and for the past 10 years, he has served as an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He also serves as vice chair of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board; co-chair of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Swine Subcommittee to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. In 2010, Dr. Forshey received the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award. From November 2011 through February 2012, Dr. Forshey was Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Click here for the full story.

Ohio State alumnus named AAVMC Executive Director

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAMMC) has named Dr. Andrew Maccabe as its new executive director, effective May 15, 2012. Dr. Maccabe is currently employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Infectious Diseases. He serves as CDC's liaison to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he coordinates policy and programs between the two agencies. Prior to his appointment with the CDC, Dr. Maccabe served as Associate Executive Director at AAVMC where he led national programs in veterinary medical education. Dr. Maccabe is an alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1985, and just became a member of the Capital Campaign Committee in the college. Read the full press release.

Dr. Carla Huston named MVMA Veterinarian of the Year

Dr. Carla Huston, College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus, was named Mississippi's top veterinarian of the year. Dr. Huston, associate professor in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine, was named the Mississippi Veterinarian of the Year by the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association. The award was announced at the 2012 MVMA winter meeting in Starkville. The MVMA executive board selects the Veterinarian of the Year from member nominations. Dr. Huston is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She serves as the Mississippi Veterinary Beef Extension and Outreach coordinator and the Mississippi Beef Quality Assurance program coordinator. Additionally, she specializes in both food animal health and production, and in disaster management and response.

Dr. Ronald Lyman receives Gold Star Award

Dr. Ronald Lyman, Class of 1977, was selected to receive the Gold Star Award from the Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA). The award is given to FVMA members who have contributed much of their time and energy to the Association and/or a local association for the advancement of veterinary medicine and the profession. Dr. Lyman is recognized for his teaching at the Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association (TCVMA), and throughout the country, on the safety and use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in veterinary medicine. The TCVMA is a regional organization providing scientific continuing education, presented by board certified specialists, to southeast Florida veterinarians. The award will be presented at the FVMA's 83rd Annual Conference in May.

Upcoming Events

FurBALL Fundraiser, Saturday May 5

The 5th annual Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine FurBALL will be held on Saturday May 5 from 7 p.m. - 11p.m. This benefit supports the United Pet Fund. All are invited to attend this event and to have a great time supporting a wonderful local charity. Tickets are $25 per person. Click here for more information.

Continuing Education Opportunity

Omega Tau Sigma (OTS) will be hosting a day of Continuing Education on Sunday, May 6. This event will be a fundraiser for their annual Grand Council Meeting, which Ohio State's OTS Gamma chapter will be hosting in November 2012. In order to hold a successful weekend-long event, they are fundraising with a day of Continuing Education entitled, "Introduction to Small Animal Ophthalmology." This event offers six hours of continuing education for veterinarians, and it is a great learning opportunity for students. The course will be presented by David Wilkie, DVM, MS, ACVO. Dr. Wilkie is a world renowned speaker and two-time Norden Teaching Award nominee. Please consider attending this event. Follow the link for more information and to register for this event.

Annual Open House, May 19

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine will open its doors to the public once again. This year's Annual Open House will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine). Activities include informational seminars, animal demonstrations, and the Children's Activity Center. This is a free event, and we are asking each person to donate cat or dog food. Pet food donations will be given to area animal shelters. Online registration for the Open House is highly recommended. Visit the website for more information (and a slideshow) about the Open House and to register for this event.

"Woody" at Franklin County Alumni Club Annual Banquet

Playwright Walt Adamkosky and actor Jeff Hall will bring legendary coach "Woody" Hayes to life at the Annual Banquet of The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Franklin County. The event will be held Thursday, May 24, in the Ballroom of the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road. Cocktail hour will start at 5:30 pm, with dinner and presentations to follow at 6:30 pm. "Woody: His Life, Times, and Teachings" is laced with Buckeye football history, and is also about being a success in life, the importance of education, and paying forward. The play is based on years of research and extensive interviews with Woody's players and colleagues. Jeff Hall will present a portion of the one-man show that he performed in downtown Columbus last fall. Reservations to attend can be made at

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!

Komen Race for the Cure

This year, the college will again participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 19. Online registration is now closed. If you would like to donate to the team, please visit our team page.

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 and Stacey Hicks will serve as team captain for the student team. To register, go to and register as an individual. Then, contact Dr. Michelle 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 Alumni Reunion Weekend!

The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend 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 Alumni Reunion Weekend website.

Job Opportunities

Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian/Research Veterinarian sought by Gore Medical Products

For more information about this position, please visit Gore's website. Click "Search & Apply Online" on the left column and type in the number "111494" in the search box.

Chestnut Veterinary Clinic looking for part/full-time veterinarian

Dr. John Dryer, Class of 1988, was killed in the line of duty in December of 2011. His well established, small animal practice in Washington, PA, is seeking to fill a position for an experienced veterinarian. This practice is a well-equipped facility with qualified support staff and an established clientele. No emergencies. Experience preferred. Competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience. Fax resume to: 724-228-7705 or e-mail at

In Memoriam

Dr. Waldo Frank Keller (Class of 1953) memorial service

A memorial service for Waldo Frank Keller, DVM will be held at the Michigan State University Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to share in a celebration of his life and accomplishments. The memorial service begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. A reception will be held immediately following the memorial service at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 9:12am