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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: October 2011

News at the College

Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Team travels to Uganda

Six graduate students of multiple disciplines, including two from the College of Veterinary Medicine, traveled to Uganda as part of an initiative for interdisciplinary and international learning. The trip encouraged students to broaden their professional perspective by working with their peers in other disciplines, both in the training stages and in the field, in the belief that it makes for a more vibrant learning environment and because global health issues are so interconnected and complex. The group was featured in the October edition of The Global Address, a newsletter from Ohio State's Office of International Affairs that highlights the university's impact on global health. Read more and see pictures here.

Six faculty members receive research funding from Morris Animal Foundation

Six faculty members at the College of Veterinary Medicine received funding from the Morris Animal Foundation for their companion animal health and welfare studies. Research topics range from improving outcomes for shelter cats to numerous cancer studies, including identifying genetic factors of bone cancer. These and other companion animal studies at the College of Veterinary Medicine are helping to advance animal health and welfare worldwide. Click here for a complete list and description of each study.

Staff Member Stacey Gallant featured in Dog Fancy Magazine

Stacey Gallant, a registered veterinary technician at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center, is featured in the November issue of Dog Fancy magazine. The story, "A Collie's Hero Recovery," tells the story of Molly, one of Stacey's rescued collies. Approximately five years ago, Stacey helped rescue Molly after the collie lived through many traumatic experiences. Read the full story.

Food Animal Medicine students recognized at AABP annual conference

A total of 17 Ohio State Veterinary Medicine students specializing in Food Animal Medicine were in attendance at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual conference in St. Louis in September 2011. The Ohio State Food Animal Student Quiz Bowl team competed at the conference and finished second out of a total of 29 teams from veterinary schools across the US and Canada. Additionally, multiple Ohio State students were awarded scholarships at the conference. For a list of Quiz Bowl team members and scholarship winners click here.

Dean King quoted discussing "One Health"

The release of the new movie "Contagion" has raised concern regarding the threat of emerging infectious diseases. While pandemic scenarios may be overly-dramatized in movies, public awareness of programs that address real public health issues is important. The "One Health" concept is a national effort that has emerged as a means of raising public awareness of biological threats and the links between human health, animal health, and the environment. "Contagion" was based on an actual outbreak of the Nipah virus in Malaysia. The Huffington Post recently interviewed Dean Lonnie King for a story about Nipah virus. Dean King was quoted discussing the One Health initiative and the need for strong public health and animal health infrastructure. Full story

Graduate Students Receive Prestigious National Awards from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists/Society of Toxicologic Pathology

Dr. Kristin Lewis, PhD student and anatomic pathology resident, recently received a three-year fellowship award from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists/Society of Toxicologic Pathology (ACVP/STP) Coalition and Genentech for her proposal titled, "Structural and Functional Remodeling Following Pharmacologic Intervention in Volume Overload Heart Failure." Additionally, Dr. Lisa Berman-Booty, PhD student and anatomic pathology resident, was awarded the Charles and Sharron Capen Fellowship in Veterinary Pathology offered through the ACVP/STP Coalition. Dr. Berman-Booty's current research focus is on the "Investigation into the Suppression of Carcinogenesis and Tumor Progression by Novel Indole-3-Carbinol Derivatives and Energy Restriction-Mimetic Agents in Murine Models of Prostate Cancer." Read more

Updates from the Office of Continuing Education

Upcoming CE Conferences

Food Animal Conference, November 12-13, 2011
Columbus, OH
Course fee: $325
Description: The Ohio State University Food Animal Conference has a long standing tradition of offering excellent instruction on topics related to food animal medicine. Learn the latest, most up-to-date information available from our outstanding speakers as we celebrate the 37th Annual Food Animal Conference. 16 CE hours

Online CE Course

Neonatal Physiology and Pathophysiology
Course Fee: $40
Description: This online continuing education course will give you a thorough understanding of normal small animal neonatal physiology, show you the unique pathophysiology of neonates in response to disease influences treatment protocols, and teach you how to provide appropriate treatment for common illnesses in the neonate. This course covers small animal species with an emphasis on puppies. 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

Ohio State vs. Purdue, West Lafayette, IN

The Buckeyes will play Purdue on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. The Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society has purchased 20 pairs of tickets for this game. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no refunds. Tickets will be shipped via UPS about one week prior to the game. A pair of tickets is $150, including shipping costs. Tickets may be purchased online at You do not need to be a member of the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society or the Ohio State University Alumni Association to participate.

Save the date for the next Alumni Golf Outing!

The next Alumni Golf Outing will take place on Monday, June 25, 2012. It will be held at the beautiful Ohio State University Golf Club, Scarlet Course, 3605 Tremont Road, Columbus, OH 43221. More information will be available in the future. We hope to see you there!

From The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Archie Griffin addresses the Ohio State Alumni Association

In a recent address, The Ohio State University Alumni Association President, Archie Griffin, discussed the status of Ohio State football. There is no doubt that some serious mistakes were made; however, Ohio State is in the process of developing a state-of-the-art, campus-wide compliance program to ensure that this type of situation does not happen again. Additionally, it is unfortunate that the football situation has overshadowed many of Ohio State's amazing achievements. New and exciting developments include Ohio State second-place national ranking in industry-sponsored research and the Ohio State Medical Center's recent naming as a top-10 academic medical systems in the country. These accolades are evidence that Ohio State is progressing at an exceptional rate. Please read Archie's Message for the full story. 

In Memoriam

Judith A. Sanders (DVM 1968)

Dr. Judith A. Sanders, 67, of Urbana passed away in October. She was born October 2, 1944 in Lancaster, OH, to Elmer and Hazel (Foor) Sauerbrei. Judy was the valedictorian of her 1962 graduating class of Amanda Clearcreek High School, and she graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1968. She was the co-founder of the Urbana Veterinary Clinic, a national award winning hospital. Judy was a member of the Urbana United Methodist Church, American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and served as the Fair Veterinarian at the Champaign County Fair for 37 years. Judy is survived by her husband of 43 years, Donald E. Sanders (DVM 1968); brothers, Bill and Tom of Urbana; and a sister, Candy of Columbus. She was a loving mother to Michelle Sanders of Springfield; David (Mindy) Sanders of Leesburg, OH; Allen (Christy) Sanders of Dayton; and a loving grandmother to Sydney, Carly and Mallory Sanders. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Barbara.

William L. Thomas (DVM 1954)

Dr. William Lawrence Thomas, 83, passed away in October. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 1928 to Daniel Lloyd Vernon Thomas, Sr. and Lucille Wheatley Thomas. He graduated from Richfield High School in 1946 and served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1946 to 1948. In 1954 he received his DVM from The Ohio State University. He treated large and small animals and continued his practice until 1961 when he went to work for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Industry. From 1989 until 1992 he was the State Veterinarian of Ohio. After his retirement in 1992 he worked as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He was preceded in death by a brother Daniel Lloyd Thomas, Jr. and a granddaughter Marian McCaffrey Thomas. He is survived by Annabel, his wife of 60 years; a brother, Alan Wheatley Thomas; children, Stephen (Patty) Thomas of Waverly, Elizabeth (Jack) Lantz of Columbus, Katherine (Greg) Reese of Dayton, and Michael (Wendy) Thomas of Manlius, NY; grandchildren, George (Meagan) Lantz, Peter and Rachel Lantz, Chris, Andrew, and Ben Thomas, Dani, William, and Molly Reese; and great-grandsons, Samuel, Jack, and Miles Lantz.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:14pm