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Connect to Veterinary Medicine - October 2014

News at the College and VMC

GroundbreakingSuccessful start to VMC Enhancement and Expansion

The official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the addition to the existing Hospital for Companion Animals at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center took place on Sept. 5. More than 350 people attended the event despite the 90 degree heat, including faculty, staff and students in the College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as Veterinary Medical Center clients, university administrators and friends of the college.

Groundbreaking ceremony features Maxwell's story


During the official groundbreaking of the Veterinary Medical Center Expansion and Enhancement project, more than 350 attendees were treated to the story of Maxwell, a bull mastiff diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Thanks to a collaboration between Dr. Brian Scansen, assistant professor of Cardiology and Interventional Medicine in the Veterinary Medical Center, and Dr. John Cheatham, George H. Dunlap Endowed Chair in Interventional Cardiology and co-director of The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Maxwell received a life-saving surgery. You can see his story here.

Animal athletes and survivors featured at Ohio Stadium in ad campaign

A new advertising campaign launched for the football season features great animals on the scoreboard in Ohio Stadium, as well as on Urban Meyer's weekly football show on WBNS-TV, Channel 10. The first ad features "animal athletes" and includes family pets of several college faculty, staff and students. The second ad highlights success stories of patients at the Veterinary Medical Center, including Redford, a feline cancer survivor, Orion from Dream Gait Friesians, who survived a serious bone infection, and Arnie, who is jumping just fine after a Total Hip Replacement. Watch Arnie catch a Frisbee here

Office of Career ManagementOffice of Career Management launches online job-posting board

The Office of Career Management's newly-opened Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Career Center gives students, alumni and employers extensive resources for networking. At no cost, students can be assisted in resume and cover letter review, career exploration, developing strategies for pursuing their future career goals and more, and employers can post an unlimited number of job opportunities for Ohio State students and search for resumes. Read more here.

Ohio Quarter Horse Association makes generous donation

The Ohio Quarter Horse Association has given The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine a generous donation. The money will be used to support the research efforts of residents in the Galbreath Equine Center with a strong focus on equine clinical services. Read more.

New cancer drug for dogs

A newly developed drug, Verdinexor (KPT-335), is the first new therapeutic option for canine lymphoma in more than two decades. It works by preventing powerful tumor suppressing proteins from leaving the nucleus of cells, an exodus that lets cancer grow unchecked. Verdinexor potentially offers veterinarians an alternative for treating the destructive disease, which is the most common form of cancer in dogs. Click here for additional information.

Veterinarians recommend vaccine for potentially fatal disease in horses

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has a 90 percent fatality rate in infected horses and is transmitted via mosquito bites. A Toledo, Ohio area newspaper reported four cases of EEE in horses in surrounding counties, so vets are urging vaccination, which can completely prevent the disease. The virus cannot spread to or from horses to other horses, people or other animals, so one will not get sick from handling an infected horse. Read more.

Veterinary Medicine faculty members speak at 2014 Farm Science Review

Seven faculty members from the College of Veterinary Medicine spoke on a variety of topics during the popular "Question the Authorities" sessions. Conversations covered f livestock behavior, public health issues, antibiotic use and resistance, raw milk, and treatments and prevention of emerging diseases in livestock. The Farm Science Review is held each Sept. at the Molly Caren Farm near London, Ohio. Read the story.  

Phil Arkow speaks on link between animal abuse and domestic violence

Phil Arkow spoke on "Breaking the Chain of Violence: Animal abuse, intimate partner violence and the role of the veterinarian," on Oct. 1 in the Veterinary Medical Center auditorium. His lecture was made possible by veterinary student Colleen Shockling Dent, a 2014-2015 Schweitzer fellow, who has partnered with CHOICES,  which offers support to victims of domestic violence in Central Ohio. Colleen's project provides housing for pets displaced due to abusive circumstances.

College raises thousands for cancer research at Pelotonia 2014

The college peloton (group), led by Michelle Harcha, DVM, MA, has so far raised $12,565 through cycling a total of 375 miles between five riders and volunteers.. The college's student peloton, led by Katie Huter, rode a total of 2,505 miles between 26 riders and has so far raised $32,230. They are close to breaking their last year's fundraising total by more than $10,000! Find out more here.

Upcoming Events

Reunion-Homecoming Weekend 2014 – Registration still open

The 2014 Annual Reunion-Homecoming Weekend will be held October 17-19th. Click here for registration and more information, or contact Lauren Lammers at or 614-292-8727.

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, set to take place August 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 aboard an intimate 66-passenger ship. 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. Space is limited so make your reservation today!

Alumni News

Long-time benefactor establishes annual student scholarship

The Busack Family Scholarship was given out for the first time this year, thanks to Dr. Ron Busack, college alumnus and owner of Bartels and Busack Pet Hospital Resort and Spa in Cleveland. The scholarship fund will provide assistance to one student, with a preference to those from Belmont County or Cuyahoga County. Find out more here.

Alumnus honored for contributions to human orthopedic medicine

Steven Arnoczky, DVM '72, Diplomate ACVS and Wade O. Brinker Endowed Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, was inducted into the American Orthopedic Society for Sport Medicine's Hall of Fame in July. Arnoczky's research and progress in ligament construction of the knee and meniscal reconstruction earned his spot in the AOSSM's Hall of Fame as the second non-human physician to be inducted. This is a prestigious honor for Arnoczky, and is another example of the advancements being made via comparative medicine.  Additional information can be found here.

Alumnus acquires Belleview Animal Hospital

Vinnie Gibney, DVM '85, owner of Edgetown Veterinary Clinic in Greenville, Ohio will acquire the Belleview Animal Hospital in Belleville, Kentucky this year.

Alumnus named dean of Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine

Michigan State professor John Baker, who earned his bachelor's, master's and DVM from Ohio State, was named dean of MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, effective June 20, 2014. Baker has been a professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at MSU for the past 30 years, and served as the associate director of AgBio Research.

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.

In Memoriam

Dr. Kenneth C. Bovée

Professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine, passed away in May at age 77. Bovée was born in Chicago, and he earned both his Bachelor of Science and DVM in 1961 from Ohio State. He joined the University of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine's faculty as an assistant professor in 1964, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship and his Master's in Penn's School of Medicine in 1969.

Bovée was the chair of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine's examination committee and served as the college's president 1979-1980. His publications described original studies such as canine hereditary hypertension and veterinary urology. His book, "Canine Nephrology" was published in 1984. He was internationally recognized for his expertise in small-animal urology and was awarded the Ralston Purina Small Animal Research Award in 1980. Bovée is survived by his wife, Terry and two sons, Brad and Ben.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 11:41am