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Connect to Veterinary Medicine - September 2014

News at the College & VMC

Successful start to VMC
Enhancement & 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 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 VMC clients, university administrators and friends of the college. Read
more here.

Dr. Jonathan Dyce operates on puppy found in trash

Thanks to Orthopedic Surgeon and Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences Jonathan Dyce, a puppy that was thrown away in a Columbus neighborhood is now recovering from his second surgery needed for a crooked leg. Through the insertion of a metal plate, Dyce and his team were able to straighten the puppy's leg to its proper position. Oscar should recover in six weeks or less. Read more.

"Cat Mastery" featured in Ohio State Alumni Magazine

Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, PhD, is on a mission to improve the standard of living for cats and the people who love them. Buffington is recognized around the world by researchers and veterinarians alike for his work in linking everyday stressors to feline illnesses, including urinary tract disorders. He hopes to reach a much broader audience of cat owners through his digital book and iTunes U course, "Cat Mastery". Read the article.

Researcher recognized at National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

Congratulations to Dr. Blake Eason Hildreth III, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, for receiving second place in the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Foundation's Young Investigators Award competition! The YIA was held in conjunction with the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, hosted this year by Cornell University. Read more.

ACVIM Research Recognition

Lance Visser, DVM, a resident in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, has been  given a 2014 Resident Research Award by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He was given the prestigious title for conducting heart research on dogs at Ohio State. Read more here.

From our website

College raises thousands for cancer research at Pelotonia 2014

The college peloton (or 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. Find out more here.

First issue of The Office of Career Management's bi-annual newsletter published

The Office of Career Management is excited to introduce the first issue of Veterinary Career Connections, a newsletter for alumni of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Please find the current issue online here. Highlights include: Meet the Office of Career Management; learn about the Reunion Homecoming Alumni-Student Networking Luncheon; connect with us on LinkedIn; visit VETVANCE, a new resource for professionals and more. You can explore other important resources and information at

Office 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.

Alumni News

We need your picture! (By October 3, 2014)

We are
developing a video overview of the college. Part of the script refers to our
strong alumni presence among veterinarians in Ohio, and our extensive presence
in other states and countries. Do you have –
or could you please take – a photo of yourself in front of your practice or at
your place of employment? We need high-resolution photos (not from a website)
and would particularly appreciate pictures that include your practice signage,
especially if it indicates a location, like a city name, for example. Please
forward it to me at
Or if you have an actual photograph, please mail it to Melissa Weber, 127D Veterinary Medicine Academic Builiding, 1900 Coffey Rd. Columbus OH 43210

Founder, Executive Director of Ohio
Wildlife Center Dr. Don Burton honored by Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Burton, DVM ’80, was honored Sept. 9 for his life-long work devoted to
protecting and conserving native wildlife. Burton, also a 30-year member of the
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Association Board, has helped in forming the zoo to
what it is today. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year,
and the Zoo team, along with his friends and family, wanted to create a plaque
in his honor. The plaque is now located at the zoo's North American bald eagle

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. 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.

Send us your accomplishments

Alumni – please send your latest achievements to Melissa Weber, Director of Communications and Marketing, to be listed in future Connect to Veterinary Medicine newsletters.

Upcoming Events

Phil Arkow to speak on link between animal abuse and domestic violence

On October 1 from 6-8 p.m., Phil Arkow will be lecturing on "Breaking the Chain of Violence: Animal Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Role of the Veterinarian" in the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium.

Arkow is the coordinator and co-founder of the National Link Coalition, which acts as the National Resource Center on The Link between Animal Abuse and Human Violence; he is an instructor of Animal-Assisted Therapy at Harcum College and Camden County College, a consultant for ASPCA & Animals and Society Institute and the chair of The Latham Foundation's Animal Abuse and Family Violence Prevention Project.

The educational event is hosted by student and 2014 Albert Schweitzer Fellow Colleen Shockling Dent, who has also been addressing this link between the related spheres of abuse In Central Ohio. She will be partnering with CHOICES to help facilitate temporary housing for pets displaced due to domestic violence. For more information:

Annual Ohio State & IAMS Symposium - Small Animal Gastrointestinal Health

The 2014 Ohio State & IAMS Symposium focuses
on gastrointestinal diseases of dogs and cats including IBD, probiotics,
protein-losing enteropathy, GI radiography, pancreatitis and liver disease. Experienced
researchers and clinical experts share their approaches to diagnosis and
treatment strategies that you can immediately incorporate into your practice.
The symposium will take place Oct. 11 and 12 at the Easton Town Center Hilton

Presentations span two information-packed days
and provide 15 focused, practical hours of continuing education credit. Ample
time is planned for questions and interactive discussions. Hilton Hotel Easton
Town Center. Cost: $395

To register online please visit
For questions or to register over the phone, please call Lauren Lammers at 614-292-8727.

Reunion-Homecoming Weekend 2014 – Registration open now

The 2014 Annual Reunion-Homecoming Weekend
will be held October 17-19th. Click
for more information or contact Bonnie Bates
(614-688-1497) or Lauren Lammers (614-292-8727). Limited football tickets remaining.

The Ohio State University Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society 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. If at least $50 is directed towards a college fund, you will also be a sustaining member of the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society.

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

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Monday, September 22, 2014 - 1:08pm