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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: September 2011

News at the College

Welcome Class of 2015!

On Wednesday, September 21, the Class of 2015 began their veterinary school careers. The class of 162 outstanding students was selected out of more than 6,200 applicants to colleges of veterinary medicine across North America. The class includes 143 women and 19 men, including gardeners, a certified high-ropes instructor, and an investment analyst. The students have a wide variety of interests including boxing, dancing, volunteering, and Frisbee golf. Please welcome 162 of the best and brightest students into The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2015! Read more about the Class of 2015.

Ohio State Veterinary Student Spearheads Change

Joe Esch, fourth-year veterinary student and SAVMA President for 2011-2012, attended the 2011 AVMA Annual Convention with other students and faculty from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Joe is the first Ohio State veterinary student to serve as SAVMA President. In the short amount of time that Joe has served as SAVMA President, he has made some significant changes, allowing the organization to be more active and relevant to students. Read more about Joe Esch's accomplishments.

2011 Summer Research Program Comes to an End

On September 8, the College of Veterinary Medicine held the End of the Summer Retreat to conclude the 2011 Veterinary Scholar Summer Research Program. The event served as an avenue for students to display their research posters. This year, 49 veterinary students participated in research ranging from milk quality assessments in Brazil to separation anxiety in shelter dogs. Read more.

Greyhound Study Makes News

Ohio State researchers have determined that anxiety associated with being in a veterinary hospital elevates the blood pressure in retired racing greyhounds - a breed already known for their higher-than-average blood pressure. Dr. Guillermo Couto, professor of veterinary clinical sciences and a long-time greyhound advocate and expert, is the senior author of the study. Read more about the study.

Alumni Reunion Weekend Highlights

This year's Alumni Reunion Weekend took place September 9-11. Five members of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society received awards for their accomplishments. A Special President's Award went to Dr. John Spiker. Four members of the Alumni Society received Alumni Society Recognition Awards: Dr. Anna van Heeckeren, Dr. Donald Reynolds, Dr. Gary Riggs, and Dr. Dawn Morin. Read detailed bios of the award winners. Auctions from the Alumni Reunion Weekend raised over $11,000 for "Projects to Aid the College." 

See photos from the 2011 Alumni Reunion Weekend here.

2011 Schweitzer Fellow Elizabeth Coppelman Featured on National Blog

Elizabeth Coppelman, a veterinary student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was selected as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow (ASF). Elizabeth was a member of the 2011 inaugural class of Columbus Schweitzer Fellows. Elizabeth's project is a partnership with Serendipity Stables. She hopes to develop a sustainable program at Serendipity Stables so that those with disabilities can continue their equine therapy for years to come. She was recently featured on the ASF's national blog. Read the whole post.

Dr. Grant S. Frazer - A Memorial Tribute

It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we inform our College family, friends, and colleagues of the untimely passing of Dr. Grant S. Frazer in late July 2011. As a resident in theriogenology at The Ohio State University, Grant was awarded a Master's degree in reproductive physiology and in 1987 obtained board certification from the American College of Theriogenologists. Additionally, he received an Ohio State Presidential Fellowship to attend the Executive MBA program through Ohio State's Fisher College of Business and was awarded his MBA in 2003. Dr. Frazer later served as director of the veterinary hospital at Ohio State from December 2006 to August 2009. Dr. Frazer was part of the College of Veterinary Medicine from 1991 to 2009. Read more about Dr. Frazer's accomplishments.

Congratulations to the Pelotonia Riders and Supporters!

On August 20, as Pelotonia participants rode their bikes down Olentangy River Road, they were "serenaded" by members of the Capital City Pipes and Drums. The group was positioned on the bridge that crosses the road and the river at the Drake Union (just north of John Herrick Drive). Scott Caputo, John McCullough, and Mike Kelley played for the riders. Other college supporters also cheered on the riders as they pedaled under the bridge. Read more about the riders and how much they raised for this great cause.

Dr. Michelle Harcha Featured on

Dr. Michelle Harcha, director of alumni services and professional development education for The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, shares her story about why she rides in Pelotonia to help cure cancer. Read the whole story at

Dr. Lairmore Named UC Davis' Dean of Veterinary Medicine

Michael D. Lairmore, associate dean for research and graduate studies, has been named the new dean of UC Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine, following a nationwide search. Read the full UC Davis press release.

Dr. Guillermo Couto Featured in Columbus Monthly

Dr. Guillermo Couto, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, was featured in the August edition of Columbus Monthly for his work with greyhounds. Dr. Couto is one of the world's leading experts on greyhounds and runs the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (GHWP) at Ohio State. Read more.

Dr. Clare Allen Completes Summer Leadership Institute

Dr. Clare Allen, program coordinator for Academic Studies at The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, recently graduated from the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, held at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. The Summer Institute, a 36-year partnership between Bryn Mawr College and Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) is the premier residential professional development program dedicated to advancing women leaders in higher education administration. Read more.

PhD Student Succeeds in International Poster Competition

Judi Stella, PhD student, received second place in a poster competition hosted by the International Society for Applied Ethology. The 45th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology was held July 31- August 4 in Indianapolis, IN. Judi's poster was titled, "Effects of stressors on the behavior and physiology of domestic cats." Judi is currently working on her PhD in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine with a specialization in applied ethology and welfare, co-advised by Drs. Candace Croney, associate professor of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Tony Buffington, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Congratulations to our Recent Veterinary Public Health Graduates

Congratulations to our most recent Masters of Public Health (MPH) graduates for their hard work and dedication! Sixty-one students have now graduated with the MPH degree specializing in Veterinary Public Health (VPH). The VPH specialization in the MPH program is a partnership between the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Public Health. This unique degree allows students to learn the animal and human sides of disease in order to more effectively understand zoonotic diseases that can be passed between humans and animals. View the list of graduates.

Dr. Lord Featured in Pet Microchip Article

Dr. Linda Lord was interviewed for an article about a proposed microchip law for pets claimed or adopted from shelters in California. Dr. Lord was involved in a study that looked at 53 shelters in 23 states between August 2007 and March 2008. The study found that lost pets that have been microchipped and are brought into shelters are reunited with their owners in three out of four cases. If the proposed law passes, it will be the first microchip law in the United States. Read the whole article.

Ohio State Student Interns with Canadian Veterinary Unit

Wendy Kuceyeski, a senior veterinary student, was the first student to intern with Superior North Mobile Veterinary Services in Ontario, Canada. "My family has had a cottage in northern Ontario for the past 25 years," Wendy said. "Last year I saw a posting for a mobile veterinary clinic that visited the town and decided to call." Dr. Carl Bowyer, a graduate of the University of Guelph's Veterinary College, owns the mobile clinic, which services the north shore of Lake Superior from the city of Terrace Bay in the east to Chapleau in the west. Read more.

Updates from the Office of Continuing Education

Upcoming CE Conferences

Equine Dentistry Conference, October 20-21, 2011
Marysville, OH, Course fee: $175
Description: This conference for veterinarians includes lectures and a wet lab, and will cover the basics needed for successful equine dentistry procedures in your practice. Lectures will provide detailed information on equine dental anatomy and occlusion fundamentals, as well as equine dental sedation and examination. The lectures are informal and questions are encouraged. The six-hour laboratory will provide ample time for hands-on practice by the participants.
8 CE hours

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:

Top Ten Reasons for Dairy Cattle Infertility
Course Fee: $40
Description: This online continuing education course will teach you how to investigate reasons for sub-acute rumen acidosis, evaluate causes of endometritis, and make recommendations for effective transition cow diets.
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

Jon Katz Book Reading/Signing, October 4, 6:30-8p.m.

Please join the Honoring the Bond program in welcoming author, Jon Katz, as he discusses his new book, Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die. Jon will be reading, answering questions, and signing copies of the book that will be available for sale at the event. The event will be held at the Wexner Auditorium, 170 Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210. More details.

Alumni Updates

Alumnus Inducted into New Veterinary Hall of Fame

At the 2011 American Association of Bovine Practitioners annual conference, Dr. Harold Amstutz was honored as one of the inaugural inductees to the Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. Dr. Amstutz obtained his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1945 and later became an instructor of veterinary medicine at Ohio State before serving as the chairman for the Department of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Amstutz is known for pioneering bovine veterinary organizations. He has also held several leadership positions, including roles as president of the World Association for Buiatrics and the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians. He was also the chairman of the organizing committee and inaugural president of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1972 and served for 23 years as the first executive vice president for the AABP. The Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame was established to celebrate the rich traditions of American cattle production veterinary medicine by honoring the exceptional men and women who have made lasting contributions to their profession. Inductees are true pioneers whose achievements span their entire careers.

Alumnus Elected Secretary-General for the ICLAS

Harry Rozmiarek (DVM 1969), Professor Emeritus of Laboratory Animal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of Laboratory Animal Medicine at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, was elected Secretary-General of the ICLAS at the 15th ICLAS General Assembly & Conference. ICLAS is an international scientific organization advancing human and animal health by promoting the ethical care and use of laboratory animals in research worldwide. ICLAS includes one member from each of 35 countries, 42 Scientific/Union organizations, and 35 Associate groups.

In Memoriam

William M. Busey (DVM 1958)

Dr. William M. Busey, 79, of Vienna, Virginia, passed away in August.  He was born in Coca Sola, Panama, CZ and received his BS degree from West Virginia University in 1954, followed by a DVM from The Ohio State University in 1958. In 1961 he was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to attend Colorado State University to obtain a Master's Degree and Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology. In 1971, he co-founded Experimental Pathology Laboratories, Inc. (EPL, Inc.) in Herndon, VA with Dr. John Ferrell. It grew into one of the leading independent pathology companies in the world. He was instrumental in designing and developing pathology peer review procedures and approaches, which continue to be used by the National Toxicology Program and have been adopted by pharmaceutical companies around the world. Busey co-founded EPL Pathology Archives, Inc. in 1978. In 2005 Dr. Busey received an Alumni Recognition Award from The Ohio State University Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Betty Busey of Vienna, VA; two children, Lee (Bohn) Crain of Mercer Island, WA; Samuel (Carol) Busey of Ashburn, VA; and six grandchildren: Morgan, Gregory, Madison, Bohn Jr., Chase, and William. He was preceded in death by his parents Captain Francis L. Busey, USN (Ret.) and Harriet H. Busey, and his sisters Elizabeth Dudley Hoolhorst and Frances Busey Robertson.

Dave Morris (DVM 1974)

Dr. Dave Morris, 61, passed away in August. Dave was born on May 22, 1950 to John Franklin and Nellie Lizabeth Morris in Salem, Ohio. He spent his childhood and adolescence on the family farm in Columbiana, Ohio, a member of the sixth generation of his family to actively participate in agriculture. In 1974, Dave graduated with his DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed an internship at Colorado State University and residency training at Texas A&M University, School of Veterinary Medicine, earning his master's degree, PhD, and board certification. In 1989, Dave joined the faculty at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Most recently, Dave worked for the USDA on animal disease traceability. He was preceded in death by his father, John Franklin Morris. Dave is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Lynne; his son, Brandon, and his daughter, Bethany. Dr. Dave is also survived by his mother Nellie Lizabeth Morris, and brother, Paul Gary Morris, DVM, MS, ACVIM.

James T. Rosshirt (DVM 1961)

Dr. James T. Rosshirt, 81, of Bradenton, Florida, passed away in August. Jim was born in Columbus, Ohio. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and a former member of St. James the Less Catholic Church, Columbus, OH. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Walter G. and M. Marjorie, siblings Walter G. (Genny), William H. (Joan), Lawrence F. and Rita (Vic) Preidis. Survived by brothers, Charles "Chick" of Fayetteville, GA, Richard "Dick" of Johnstown, OH, John of Bradenton, FL; and sisters, Mary Ann (Ted) Bozzetti of Bradenton, FL, Jeanette "Geeg" Conrad of Grove City, OH.

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Friday, September 30, 2011 - 10:47am