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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: November 2013

News at the college

Making a Difference

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center recently distributed a booklet that features some of our patients’ stories. Showcasing these patient stories allows readers to see diverse care provided at the Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) and how it has impacted real people’s lives and improved their animals’ health. The booklet also gives highlights of the Expansion and Enhancement project to raise $25 million to renovate the VMC. View booklet and read more here.

Dr. Gourapura

Researcher develops innovative vaccine

An Ohio State researcher has created a unique vaccine to protect swine from porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, a viral disease that causes direct losses to U.S. swine producers of $664 million a year. Renukaradhya (Aradhya) Gourapura, an associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and in the university's Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, started working on this project in 2009. Read more here.

Dr. OlsonDr. Olson as new faculty ombudsman

Dr. Lynne Olson, professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, is the new Faculty Ombudsman at Ohio State. She serves as an advisor and mediator for faculty problems. Her main responsibilities include advising faculty to help determine the viability of their complaints and issues; directing faculty to appropriate offices, committees and university rules and policies; mediating “early-stage complaints” as an unbiased party; and reporting the office’s activities to the Faculty Council each autumn. You can contact Dr. Olson at Read more: onCampus article

Funding Continuation from NIH

Ohio State’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) announced continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The College of Veterinary Medicine is well-represented within the center. Read more here.

From our website

Meet Theo!

Video interviews with clients were created for the lobby televisions in the Veterinary Medical Center. All seven videos are available on our YouTube Channel, and we are also featuring them on our web page. This month, you can meet Theo, a Doberman with “Wobbler Syndrome.” This is a condition common to Doberman dogs, where discs in their necks need extra support to reduce contact with the spinal cord. Watch this video to learn what Ohio State veterinarians were able to do for Theo.

Veterinarians in the news

FDA seeks assistance with illnesses caused by jerky treats

Veterinarians and pet owners are being asked to contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist with an on-going investigation into suspected contamination of jerky treats. The story on their website "Why are jerky treats making pets sick?" references an investigation that started in 2007, when reports first began to surface linking symptoms of illness to consumption of jerky treats, some of which were manufactured in China. Although none have been seen through Emergency and Critical Care, there have been a few cases in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Valerie Parker, assistant professor – clinical, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, was recently quoted by the Columbus Dispatch in a story about jerky treats. Dr. Parker specializes in pet nutrition issues. Dr. Parker says, "I recommend to not give your dogs jerky treats until the FDA says they are okay." Read more of Dr. Parker's comments and the Dispatch story here.

Dr. King

Dean King participates in Science Café

Dean Lonnie King participated in the first Wooster Science Café. Click here to listen to his discussion of the “Perfect Microbial Storm,” which explains the new threat of emerging infectious diseases across the United States. Many viruses now spreading illnesses in animals and people are new to North America. Dr. King talks about three specific diseases that have never been in the Western Hemisphere before and have all had origins starting in animals: West Nile Virus, SARS, and monkey pox. Dr. King is also being featured as a "Top Veterinary Professor." This new on-line blog is featured at the website called "," which offers links to veterinary careers.

Dr. RosolDr. Rosol advocates for the AVMA in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rosol visited staff in the offices of Senator Portman and Representative Tiberi to explain the importance of the ability of veterinarians to transport controlled substances in their practice vehicles and the critical need for research funding for animal research for both animal and human health. Read more here.

Dr. HettlichDr. Hettlich featured in Toledo Blade

Dr. Bianca Hettlich, assistant professor of veterinary clinical sciences, was featured in the article "Z-Girl is back: Veterinary medicine offers hope, relief to pets and their owners," in the Toledo Blade newspaper.

Dispatch quotes Dr. Cooper

Dr. Cooper

Dr. Ed Cooper, head of the Emergency and Critical Care service in the VMC, discusses his view on the appropriate length of time to run with a dog, and breeds best associated with that sort of cadio excersise. Read more here.

Student Updates

Vets for Pets 5k Walk/Run

The 8th Annual Vets 4 Pets 5k was held Sunday, October 27. All money raised was donated to the Capital Area Humane Society. Read more here.

Alumni News

Congratulations to our Alumni Award Winners

Four College of Veterinary Medicine alumni and two faculty members in the Veterinary Medical Center received special recognition from the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society as part of the festivities of Reunion-Homecoming Weekend. Alumni Society Recognition Award winners include: Dr. Maurice H. Docton, Class of 1978; Dr. Martin P. Hines, Class of 1946; Dr. Michael Hockman, Class of 1966; and Dr. Stephen M. Reed, Class of 1976. Read more about their awards here. To view pictures of the Reunion-Homecoming Weekend, click here.

Dr. Virginia ReefVirginia B. Reef

Congratulations to Dr. Virginia Reef, DVM 1979, this year’s winner of the ACVIM’s Kirk award, given annually to one ACVIM diplomate for professional excellence. Dr. Reef is the director of Large Animal Cardiology and Diagnostic Ultrasonography and is the Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center, a in the Diplomate ACVIM, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, and associate member ECVDI.

Dr. Alleice Summers (Hetey)

Dr. Summers, a 1970 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine, is the author of the Veterinary Technology text, “Common Diseases of Companion Animals, 3d edition.” The text, published by Elsevier, should be available this month. Dr. Summers currently lives in Dyersburg, Tennessee and operates a mobile equine practice.

Send us your accomplishments

We are interested in how Ohio State has helped you achieve your goals. The college is proud of its alumni and their accomplishments. Alumni – please send your latest achievements to Melissa Weber, Director of Communications and Marketing at the college, so we can put them in our future Connect to Vet Med newsletters. Please include your contact information so we can reach you if we need to discuss the details of your success.

Upcoming Events

Save the Dates: Annual Open House, April 5, 2014; Alumni Golf Outing in June 23, 2014

The 2014 Annual Open House will be held Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Annual Open House is an opportunity to promote the profession of veterinary medicine, the college and our Veterinary Medical Center to visitors to our campus.

The 2014 Alumni Society Golf outing is scheduled for Monday, June 23 at the Ohio State Golf Course. Please plan to attend!

The Ohio State University Alumni Association Membership

You can become a sustaining member of the Ohio State Alumni Association with an annual gift of $75 or more. Some or all of these funds can be directed to support the College of Veterinary Medicine, or the area of your choice.

You can complete your OSUAA membership by making a gift online:

Just a few funds to consider:

  • Veterinary Medical Center Enhancement and Expansion Fund – 314090
    To provide funds for the enhancement and expansion of the Veterinary Medical Center
  • Veterinary Medicine Students First – Students Now Scholarship Fund – 308457
    To support veterinary student scholarships
  • Veterinary Biosciences Support Fund – 301456
    For research discovery and for support of Veterinary Biosciences
  • Veterinary Clinical Sciences Advancement Fund – 301106
    To support veterinary clinical sciences
  • Veterinary Preventive Medicine Support Fund – 306355
    To support veterinary preventive medicine

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 8:06pm