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40th Anniversary of the Department

The year 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. This milestone warrants some attention and reflection, and we felt it was important to capture the rich history and tradition of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and the many achievements and meaningful contributions made by our faculty, staff and students during our first 40 years. I compiled this history by researching old issues of the Speculum (alumni journals) and other sources. Tenured faculty, resident graduates, and veterinary alumni may recall many of these occurrences from years ago; others of you will learn new and fascinating facts about the predecessors before your arrival and realize how far we have come since 1970. Congratulations to the Department and our gratitude to the founding members for creating a place where great things happened in the field of veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University and helped to advance clinical veterinary medicine and the profession. We look forward to continuing to share historical facts and achievements throughout this momentous year.

With appreciation,

John A. E. Hubbell, DVM, MS, DACVA
Professor and Interin Chair
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
OSU Veterinary Medical Center

Veterinary Clinical Sciences, 1970-2010

The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University was established in 1970 when the Departments of Veterinary Clinics, Veterinary Medicine, and Veterinary Surgery and Radiology merged. Read more about its history and see a list of Department Chairs and Directors.

Did you know? 52 Facts about the Department

Dr. Jeff Lakritz52. Dr. Jeff Lakritz, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and section head of the Veterinary Medical Center's Hospital for Farm Animals, is the inaugural Vernon L. Tharp Professor in Food Animal Medicine.

The position receives on-going financial support for research to help in advancing the health, well-being and production of food animals Dr. Lakritz came to Ohio State from the University of Missouri in 2003. He is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Large Animal Internal Medicine.

Honoring Kristine51. Kristine McComis worked for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 17 years providing invaluable assistance to four different hospital directors. Kristine touched the lives of most faculty and staff during her time with our community and was responsible for the editing and posting of many of the VCS 40th Anniversary Facts until the time of her illness and hospitalization. Kristine received the 2009 College Distinguished Staff Award for her commitment, hard work, and creativity on behalf of the Veterinary Medical Center. We miss her! Read more about Kristine.

Dr. Harrison Gardner50. Dr. Harrison Gardner joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1960 and was a founding member of the Department. A stalwart of the ambulatory service, Dr. Gardner was the primary veterinarian for both the Columbus Zoo and Select Sires during his 28 year tenure on the faculty. His approach to zoo animal medicine inspired a number of the College's graduates to enter this field.

Dr. Peter Constable49. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Dr. Peter D. Constable was a resident in Food Animal Medicine and Surgery and received his Master of Science from the Department in 1989. Dr. Constable continued his education in the Department, receiving his PhD in 1992. Dr. Constable is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Constable is Professor of Ruminant Medicine and Surgery and Department Head of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University.

48. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Dr. Theresa FossumDr. Theresa W. Fossum served as a resident in the Small Animal Surgery Section and received a Master of Science from our College. Dr. Fossum became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgery (ACVS) in 1987 and joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M later that year. In 1992, she completed a PhD in Veterinary Microbiology. Dr. Fossum is currently a Professor of Surgery and holds the Tom and Joan Read Chair in Veterinary Surgery at Texas A&M University. She also serves as the Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Biomedical Devices in the Michael E. DeBakey Institute at TAMU. Dr. Fossum is also the editor of the textbook "Small Animal Surgery," which is now in its third edition and widely accepted as the standard for veterinary students. Dr. Fossum has received the Wiley Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Medicine Award and the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award at Texas A&M. In 2004 she received the Texas Society for Biomedical Research Award in recognition and appreciation for her many years of dedicated service to the science, research and medical communities in the State of Texas.

Dr. Debbie Davenport47. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Dr. Debbie Davenport completed a residency in small animal internal medicine and received Master's degree in the Department in 1985. Dr. Davenport is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. After completion of her residency, Dr. Davenport served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine where she was the recipient of the University Teaching Award for instructional excellence. Dr. Davenport is currently the Director of Professional Education at Hill's Pet Nutrition and the Executive Director of the Mark Morris Institute. In addition, she holds an adjunct professorship at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and serves as a Trustee and Scientific Liaison for the Morris Animal Foundation.

46. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Bruce Keene pictured receiving an award from Dr. Keith Wearly, Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the 1970'sDr. Bruce Keene graduated from our College with his DVM in 1979 and returned for a residency in Cardiology in the Department in 1980. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty of Cardiology in 1983. In 1989 he joined the faculty of North Carolina State University as an assistant professor, progressing to the position of professor in 2002. He has been the Chief of Cardiology and a Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University for the past 10 years. Dr. Keene is a highly sought after speaker and provides continuing educational seminars to a variety of professional audiences all over the world while also serving on research advisory councils for companion animal oriented research foundations and editorial boards.

Dr. Martha (Moon) Larson45. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Dr. Martha (Moon) Larson is a professor of radiology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Dr. Larson received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1981 before entering a residency in radiology in the Department. Dr. Larson is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology. Dr. Larson's research interests are pancreatitis, imaging of pulmonary disease, and ultrasound imaging.

44. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Sheils McGuirkDr. Shelia McGuirk completed a residency in Food Animal Medicine and received her Master of Science from the Department in 1981. Dr. Mcguirk continued her studies, receiving her PhD in 1985. Dr. McGuirk joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin where she rose to the rank of Professor of Large Animal Internal Medicine and Food Production Medicine and has served as Director of Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. McGuirk has been recognized as veterinarian of the year by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and has received the Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wisconsin. Dr. McGuirk was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of our College in 1997.

Dr. Lawrence Bramlage43. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Dr. Lawrence Bramlage completed his residency in equine surgery and received his Master of Science from the Department in 1979. Dr. Bramlage is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is an internationally recognized equine orthopedic surgeon, and a partner in Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, located in Lexington, Ky. Dr. Bramlage has served as chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Additional honors include the 1997 Tierlink Hochmoor Prize for his work regarding the internal fixation of fractures, Alumni Fellow Award from Kansas State University, and the British Equine Veterinary Association's Special Award of Merit. In recognition of his dedication and contribution to Thoroughbred racing, he was awarded the 1994 Jockey Club Gold Medal. Dr. Bramlage received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from our College in 1988.

Dr. Warick Bayly42. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Dr. Warick Bayly completed a residency in equine medicine and received his Master of Science from the Department in 1979. Dr. Bayly joined the faculty at Washington State University and has served as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Bayly is currently Provost of the University, a distinguished academic post. Dr. Bayly is the past-president of the World Equine Veterinary Association; past president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association; and past-president of the Comparative Respiratory Society. Dr. Bayly was named Washington Veterinarian of the Year in 2006. Dr. Bayly received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from our College in 2000.

Dr. peter Hellyer41. The Department has many outstanding graduates of its graduate-residency program.

Dr. Peter Hellyer received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from our College of Veterinary Medicine and his Masters of Science from the Department. Dr. Hellyer became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists after he completed his residency in 1988. Dr. Hellyer is professor of Clinical Sciences and Associate Dean for Professional Veterinary Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. An early advocate of raising the standards for pain management in veterinary medicine, Dr. Hellyer was a founder of the International Academy of Veterinary Pain Management.

Dr. Barclay Slocum40. The Department was an early originator of residency programs and has many outstanding graduates.

D. Barclay Slocum D.V.M. completed a small animal surgery residency in 1974. Dr. Slocum joined the faculty at Auburn University before establishing a referral practice in Eugene, Oregon. Dr. Slocum was a great educator and innovator who is credited with developing the trochlear wedge recession technique for the treatment of luxating patellas in dogs, the tibial plateau leveling osteotomy for treatment of anterior cruciate rupture in dogs, and the triple pelvic osteotomy for the surgical management of hip dysplasia in the juvenile dog.

39. The Department has a long history of teaching medical and surgical techniques to veterinary students in their 3rd year.

Robin (Higman) Sherman and Mary (Ferguson) CaseyFaculty members teaching these techniques have been supported by outstanding veterinary technicians. Currently Robin (Higman) Sherman and Mary (Ferguson) Casey provide invaluable instruction in both small and large animal techniques. Others who have served is this role include Bill Cox, Dennis Ferry, John Terrell, Rhonda Barton, Linda (Clark) Bednarski, Barb Jenne, Craig Miller and Nancy Grzenda (now Dr. Nancy Grzenda-Schuler of North Ridgeville, Ohio).

38. Three departmental faculty members, John Hubbell, Robert Sherding, and John Bonagura, and three residents, Teresa Burns, Brian Scansen, and Lauren Pinchbeck have received faculty and resident achievement awards from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.

Rustin Moore37. Department Chair, Dr. Rustin Moore, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fifth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot in 2009.

36. There were 19 faculty members when the Department was founded in 1970. Currently there are 59 faculty members in the Department.

Miss Piggy35. "Miss Piggy" a Holstein cow with a rumen fistula, was a fixture in the Farm Animal Medicine and Surgery Section for 13 years.

34. The Hospital Board was established in 1972 to govern the activities of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, now the Veterinary Medical Center. Pictured is an early meeting of the board.

1970's Hospital Board

Dog on underwater treadmill

33. The Canine Physical Rehabilitation Facility opened in April of 2008. The facility features an underwater treadmill and offers therapeutic ultrasound, massage therapy, and balance and coordination training, among other services.

32. Four faculty members of the department, Ronald Wright, Lawrence Heider, Glen Hoffsis, and Kenneth Hinchcliff have served as deans of colleges of veterinary medicine.

College deans

Drs. Larry Hill and Tess Kommedal31. Shelter medicine and surgery became a core rotation for fourth year veterinary students 2004. Each veterinary student spends 2 weeks at the Capital Area Humane Society with Department veterinarians Larry Hill and Tess Kommedal performing medical examinations and elective surgical procedures.

Dr. Couto, technician and a greyhound30. The Greyhound Health and Wellness Program was established by Dr. Guillermo Couto to improve the health and veterinary care of greyhounds. In 2010, the program launched a website that provides news and information to veterinarians and Greyhound/sighthound owners, and others interested in the breed.

Dr. Bruce Hohn teaching at ASIF

29. Continuing education has been a large part of the Department's mission since its founding. Early on, basic and applied courses on internal fixation of fractures were attended by both physicians and veterinarians before separate courses were established. Over the years a number of courses have been added on a variety of topics from Animal Behavior to Veterinary Virology. Currently, faculty member, Dr. Walter Threlfall, heads the College's continuing education efforts with both traditional courses and on-line courses offered. The corresponding photo demonstrates Dr. Bruce Hohn teaching at one of the early ASIF courses.

28. Dr. James Donham received a Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Animal Health Dr. James DonhamFoundation in 1991 for his efforts on behalf of animals. Dr. Donham was a founding member of the department who served as an ambulatory clinician and head of the ambulatory unit until his retirement in 1988. Dr. Donham focused his practice on companion horses and is fondly remembered by many horse owners, students, interns, and colleagues. In retirement, Dr. Donham volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and enjoys woodworking. Dr. Donham and Dr. Milton Wyman have collaborated on a number of pieces of furniture that have been offered in the Veterinary Alumni Society's Annual Auction to benefit the College.

Dr. David Herring27. Diagnostic Ultrasound came to the hospital in 1982. At right, Dr. David Herring is pictured performing an ultrasound approximately that same year.

26. Highlight on Administrative Support: Robin Bennett and Susan Kelly retiring June 30, 2010

Robin Bennett and Susan Kelly Ms. Robin Bennett joined the Clinical Sciences Department in 1990 when Dr. William Muir was Chair. Robin had worked at the Ohio State Medical center for about ten years when she accepted the job, replacing Ms. Katie Barnes. During her tenure in the department, Robin provided administrative support for the Chair, performed HR functions, handled the arrival of new interns and residents, and arranged itineraries for new faculty interviews. Robin has done a fabulous job organizing the intern and resident certificate program every year. Robin states she has enjoyed working at the VMC because of the people, good friends she has made, and how she still runs into former residents and interns 20 years after their departure. While working at Ohio State, Robin has obtained a degree in education and will pursue a teaching career in a primary school. She plans to undertake her student teaching in the near future and complete some additional classes.

Ms. Susan Kelly arrived to the Clinical Sciences department in 1978, having worked just one year elsewhere on campus. She started as a technical typist and advanced into her current fiscal position which includes purchasing and accounts payable duties such as approving purchase orders, initiating 100-Ws, travel budget transfers, reconciling reports, preparing budgets for research proposals, and other duties. Dr. Murdick was Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences when Susan was hired and Dr. Whiteus was the director of the hospital. In fact, she has worked for all but the first Chair of the Department. Susan has seen many environmental and policy changes around the hospital over the years; in fact, she remembers when people were allowed to smoke at their desks! She has enjoyed the atmosphere of learning and the vitality of the faculty and students and states, "I never once hated coming to work!" During her retirement, Susan and her husband plan to travel the country.

Robin and Susan have been amazed at seeing how the former veterinary students, interns, graduate students and residents who they assisted have moved on and flourished in their careers. In fact, one of those residents was Dr. Rustin Moore, the current Chair of the department, who completed his residency in equine surgery and earned his PhD in 1994. Susan remembers typing up a thesis for Dr. Warwick Bayly, who later became the Dean at Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine. No doubt both of them have played an influential role in the development of hundreds of veterinary professionals over the years and had an immense impact on our programs. Robin and Susan's collective knowledge and historical memory, on which so many have been dependent, will be sincerely missed. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors and anticipate them remaining part of our extended family.

25. Six faculty members (Vernon Tharp, Richard Rudy, Milton Wyman, Ronald Wright, Charlie Neer and Richard Bednarski) have served as President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.

OVMA presidents

Dr. Steve Reed24. Dr. Stephen Reed received the World Equine Veterinary Association Award for Equine Clinical Research in 2003. Dr. Reed graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. Following graduation, he served as an intern and then a resident in equine medicine and surgery at Michigan State University. At the end of his residency in 1979 he accepted a faculty position at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. In 1983 he returned to Ohio to join the Clinical Sciences faculty as an assistant professor, rising to the title of professor in 1994. In 2003 Dr. Reed was named to the Jenne Professorship in Equine Medicine and Surgery. In addition to his academic appointment, Dr. Reed served the College in a number of roles including Section Head, College Development Director, and Chair of the Equine Research Committee. His numerous University activities included Faculty Senator, Chair of the Athletic Council, and a member of the University Committees on Academic Freedom and Responsibility and Faculty Compensation and Benefits. In recognition of his service, Dr. Reed received the University Award for Distinguished University Service in 2002, one of only three such awards given that year. Dr. Reed is widely recognized for his commitment to the horse, equine veterinarians, and the equine industry. A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he developed an interest in the specialty of equine neurology and became recognized as in expert in this area. He has written and spoken extensively on "wobbler syndrome", equine protozoal myelitis, head trauma, and the neurologic examination. In 2007 Dr. Reed retired from Ohio State in 2007 as an emeritus professor. He won the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008. He now works as an equine specialist at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Dr. Brian Scansen23. Dr. Brian Scansen received the Infiniti MedicalTM Veterinary Interventional Radiology Fellowship in 2009 for advanced study of interventional medicine techniques. The fellowship is served at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Scansen was only the fourth veterinarian to complete this unique advanced training program. Interventional radiology medicine involves the use of imaging techniques--such as fluoroscopy--and specialized instrumentation such as catheters, guide wires, stents, and balloons for therapeutic purposes. The procedures are minimally invasive with reduced risk, pain, and recovery time as compared with standard surgery. In addition to these benefits, interventional medicine offers therapies for conditions that previously had no good treatment options, or conditions in which the surgery to correct the problem would be life-threatening in itself. Interventional techniques are expected to have an equal or even greater success rate than traditional therapies in many instances. Dr. Scansen received his B.S. from the University of Washington in 2000 and his M.S. and D.V.M. from Michigan State University in 2004. He continued on to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, followed by a three-year residency in veterinary cardiology. He became an ACVIM Diplomate in the subspecialty of Cardiology in July 2008. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Cardiology and Interventional Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

22. Dr. Catherine Kohn was awarded the Wofford Trophy from the United States Combined Training Association in 1993 for service to the horse. Dr. Kohn earned her VMD from the University of Dr. Catherine Kohn, 1976Pennsylvania and completed an internship and residency in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the New Bolton Center. Boarded by the ACVIM, she became a faculty member at the Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in 1976 and is currently Professor of Equine Medicine. Her research interests include fluid/acid-base balance, rotavirus, and calcium metabolism, and thermoregulation and exercise in horses. Dr. Kohn served as President of the Veterinary Olympic Commission for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. She has participated as a consulting veterinarian for the U.S. Equestrian Team in four other Olympics, including Los Angeles (1984), Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and Hong Kong (2008). The picture at right was taken in 1976.

21. The International Camelid Institute (ICI) was established in the Department in 2001. Founded by David E. Anderson, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, at The Ohio State alpaca and criaUniversity College of Veterinary Medicine, the International Camelid Institute (ICI) promotes education, service and collaboration among researchers, breeders, owners, fiber and textile industry professionals and animal enthusiasts worldwide. As an information repository, veterinarians, owners, academicians, regulatory agencies and others can access and obtain essential information for everyday situations from research. ICI strives to acknowledge research being conducted throughout the world and seeks to help avoid duplication of efforts. ICI does not solicit research funds nor does it administer grants. ICI seeks to share and exchange information and therefore is not exclusionary to any researchers. The Institute serves as an educational conduit to fulfill its mission of improving animal health and well being. Jeffrey Lakritz, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM, and professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, currently serves as director of the ICI.

Dr. Dyce receiving his award from Dean Hoffsis20. Dr. Jonathan Dyce was presented the initial John Lyman Jr. Award for Clinical Teaching in 2004 in recognition of his sustained excellence in providing a student-centered environment for clinical education exemplifying compassion, innovation, enthusiasm and ethics in veterinary medicine. The award winner is chosen by the graduating senior class. Dr. Dyce is pictured here receiving the award from former Dean Glen Hoffis.

Dr. Dyce received his MRCVS in 1989 from the University of Cambridge and his RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Orthopedics in 1994. He came to Ohio State in 1997 and was boarded by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2002. Known world-wide for his surgical expertise, Dr. Dyce recent traveled to Bangkok to perform a total hip replacement on the king of Thailand's dog, a St. Bernard. While there, he conducted a continuing education course in orthopedics for veterinarians from Kasetsart University and areas across southeast Asia. Dr. Dyce is currently an Associate Professor and Section Head of the Small Animal Surgery section in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Cheryl LondonShakelfords and Dean Hoffsis19. Dr. Cheryl London, associate professor in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences and Veterinary Clinical Sciences, became the first holder of the Thekla R. and Donald B. Shakelford Professorship in Canine Medicine. Dr. London was awarded a DVM from Tufts University in 1990. She completed a residency in Medical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin in 1994 before entering a doctoral program in the Department of Immunology at Harvard University. After receiving her PhD in 1999, she joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis. Dr. London is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with a Specialty of Oncology. Dr. London has a strong research interest in the molecular basis of cancer that extends to clinical medicine where she is the lead investigator of numerous clinical trials for cancer treatment. The Shakelfords are pictured with former Dean Glen Hoffsis.

Dr. Tony Buffington18. C.A. Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, Ph.D, DACVN received the prestigious 2009 Mark L. Morris, Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award. This distinguished award is presented annually at the Opening Ceremony of the North American Veterinary Conference to a veterinarian who has made significant contributions to the welfare of companion animals through a lifetime of professional work. Dr. Buffington received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California Davis (UC Davis) in 1981 and stayed there to complete a residency in Clinical Nutrition. He received his master's degree in 1982 and his PhD in nutrition in 1988, both from UC Davis. He joined the faculty of Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition and became a full professor in 1997. Among his many other accomplishments, Dr. Buffington is a respected researcher, an internationally recognized expert in the pathogenesis of Interstitial Cystitis in cats, and created the Indoor Cat Initiative program which is currently expanding to other species. Read a complete biography, a Morris animal foundation fact sheet and watch video of Dr. Buffington receiving the award.

Dr. Daniel Smeak17. Daniel D. Smeak received the William and Eleanor Cave Award for achievements in developing alternatives to the traditional use of animals in veterinary surgery instruction in 2006 from the Alternatives Research & Development Foundation. Dr. Smeak received his DVM from Michigan State University in 1979. He then completed an internship in medicine and surgery at Colorado State University. He went on to complete a residency program in small animal surgery from The Ohio State University in 1984. He joined the faculty that same year. During his time at Ohio State, Dr. Smeak served as the head of the small animal surgery section and became a full professor in 1995. In 2005 he received a Fulbright Teacher/Research Award at the University of Helsinki, to learn web-based teaching technology, set up a surgical residency curriculum, and improve the soft tissue surgery service at the hospital. Very active in curriculum development, Dr. Smeak was instrumental in establishing the Shelter Medicine and Surgery Rotation and the College's relationship with the Capital Area Humane society. The Shelter Medicine and Surgery rotation is now registered as a service-learning course at The Ohio State University. Dr. Smeak's numerous awards included the Clinical Teaching Excellence Award, Innovative Teaching Excellence Award, Norden Distinguished Teacher of the Year, and the AVMA Teaching Excellence Award. He currently is a professor of Small Animal Surgery at Colorado State University.

Dr. Wyman16. Dr. Milton Wyman was named Veterinarian of the Year by the American Animal Hospital Association in 1981. Dr. Wyman is a 1963 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received his M.S. in 1964. He trained as an ophthalmologist in the Medical College under Dr. William Havener (of whom the new Havener Eye Institute is named for) and also trained at the Armed Forces Institute of Ophthalmic Pathology. He was a founding member of the Department of Clinical Sciences and was a Charter Diplomate and founding member of the ACVO, which also began in 1970. He taught Veterinary Ophthalmology at Ohio State for over 29 years and also served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admisssions. His honors include: the Mark Morris Fellowship in Ophthalmology, the University Teaching Award, and both the OVMA and AVMA Veterinarian of the Year awards. He served on the AVMA Council on Education and was a past President of the OVMA. Now a faculty emeritus, Dr. Wyman won a Distinguished Alumni award in 1992 and continues to be very involved in our Alumni Society. He established the Wyman Endowed Residency for which donations can given in his honor.

Examining a cow at Kenny Rd. Veterinary Hospital15. From 1970 to 1973, the Veterinary Hospital was housed in  temporary facility on Kenny Road that is now used by the university as a bus garage. In this photo, taken in 1967 at the Kenny Road clinic, is Dr Keith Wearly, third from left, and student Victoria Voith.

Dr. James Belknap14. Dr. James Belknap, Professor of Equine Surgery, (pictured) was awarded the Equine Veterinary Journal Open Award from the British Equine Veterinary Association in 2007 for his work as senior author of an outstanding paper published in the Equine Veterinary Journal. Dr. Belknap joined the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the Ohio State University in October of 2004.

13. Computerized tomography first came to the Veterinary Medical Center in 1996. Computed Tomography (CT) imaging is also known as "CAT scanning" (Computed Axial Tomography). Our multi-detector helical CT scanner records X-ray slices of the body in a spiral motion. CT imaging is extremely useful because it can show several types of tissue—bone, soft tissue and blood vessels—with great clarity. Since the body is imaged slice by slice, a CT scan is much more detailed than a conventional X-ray. In addition to using our CT machine for small animal cases, our custom designed large animal CT table enables us to support a full size horse or farm animal (up to approximately 2000 lbs.) for studies of the head, feet, and ankles. The Veterinary Hospital uses CT for the assessment of diseases of thCT in use with horsee head, spine, ears, chest, abdomen, bones and joints. When necessary, CT can be used to guide needle biopsies of tissues deep within the body that are not as easily seen or localized with conventional x-ray examinations. General anesthesia is required for most CT examinations as patients must lie perfectly still during the imaging procedure.

Dr. Skarda with magic card12. Dr. Roman Skarda received a lifetime achievement award from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists in 2004. Dr. Skarda was recognized for his significant contributions to the area of local and regional anesthesia and analgesia in animals. This national award is the highest honor and peer recognition in the specialty of anesthesia. Born and educated in Switzerland, Dr. Skarda was a Captain in the Swiss Army and received his Dr. Med Vet, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Zurich. He became a professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in 1975. Dr. Skarda was an authority on all aspects of local and regional anesthesia and anesthetic techniques in animals. He was also certified as a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and received an honorary diploma for his outstanding contribution to veterinary anesthesia from the European College of Veterinary Anesthesia. An amateur magician who loved to entertain, Dr. Skarda died on July 20, 2005 at the age of 61.

Equine Center groundbreaking11. Ground was broken for the Galbreath Equine Trauma, Intensive Care and Research Center on September 17, 1994. A team of Belgian horses owned by Dr. Ames Allen pulled a plow that broke the ground. The building was dedicated on September 21, 1996. The 40,000 square foot facility houses two state-of-the-art surgery rooms, a high speed treadmill, intesnvies care stalls, and a second-floor observation area.

Dr. Bruce Hull10. Dr. Bruce Hull (pictured right, in 1977) received the Alpharma Award of Excellence from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in 2004. The award, selected from candidates in teaching, research, industry and government, recognized the winner's consistent and direct influence on daily activities of veterinarians in bovine practice. Dr. Hull's academic career spanned 35 years at Ohio State until his retirement in 2003. He is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Bertone examining horse

9. Dr. Alicia Bertone (right) became the first holder of the Trueman Family Endowed Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery in 2002, and was subsequently re-appointed in 2007. Dr. Bertone is a graduate of Cornell University Collge of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a residency in equine surgery at Colorado State University, where she also earned her PhD. A diplomate of the ACVS, Dr. Bertone's clinical specialty is equine orthopedics. Her research interests include equine and comparative osteoarthritis and other musculoskletal diseases and investigating innovative therapeutic interventions.

The Trueman Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery provides a chair for a nationally eminent faculty member who is distinguished in equine medicine and surgery, an effective educator-teacher, and maintains an active productive research program.

Dr. Sharon Martin with students

8. Dr. Sharron Martin Capen was the first woman faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine and also its first woman full professor. Dr. Martin Capen is a 1959 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in Small Animal Internal Medicine with an interest in dermatology and avian medicine. She won the college's distinguished alumni award in 1996. Dr. Martin Capen (pictured, right) was director of the Raptor Rehabilitation Program and retired from the department after thirty-six years. The number of female faculty has increased significantly over the years. Currently twenty-eight faculty and clinical instructors in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences are women.

7. The Small Animal Intensive Care Unit of the Veterinary Hospital was first established in 1973. It could house four dogs and two cats. Now we have three ACVECC-certified faculty members, two residents, and fourteen technicians in the service. The hospital now remains open for emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. An intermediate care (step-down) ward, contiguous with the ICU, was opened this past summer to facilitate monitoring and treatment of less critical patients.

Dr. RingsDr. Sherding

(Pictured above: Dr. Mike Rings in 1970 (left) and Dr. Bob Sherding in 1978 (Right)

Dr. Bonagura and Dr. Murdick

6. Three current VCS faculty members were veterinary students in our college when the department was formed in 1970: Dr. Michael Rings was VME-3, Dr. Robert Sherding was a VME-2, and Dr. John Bonagura was VME-1. Drs. Rings and Sherding were in the last two classes to have their clinic rotations in the former Veterinary Hospital on Kenny Rd. Dr. Bonagura was in the first class to experience senior clinics in the "new" Veterinary Hospital that we now occupy on Vernon L Tharp Street. In the photo (below right) Dr. Bonagura is pictured with Dr. Phillip Murdick in 1978.

5. Dr. Debbie DayThe nation's first Feline Clinical Residency was established in the Department in 1989. Dr. Debbie Day was the first resident, pictured on the right in this photo (right).

Radiology Technicians

4. The radiology section has been an active group since the Veterinary Medical Center opened. In this 1978 photo, the radiology technicians (left to right: Larry Dyer, Russ Benjamin, and George Disterdick) are enjoying the afternoon. The Veterinary Medical Center converted its entire x-ray area from film to digital imaging in 2005. The department's ultrasound technologist, Danelle Auld, won the University's Distinguished Staff Award in June of 2009.

3. The "new" veterinary curriculum, featuring systems-based instruction, was instituted in the Fall of 1969; thus, the class of 1973 was considered the beta testers. The curriculum featured the new Common Medical Principles series in year one, followed by the new systems cores in year two, Applied Veterinary Medicine courses in year three, and clinical rotations in year four. Emeritus Dean Walter Krill sat through virtually all the lectures with that class for the first 2 years to evaluate this radical new approach. The curriculum forms the basis of today's instructional methods.

2. In the Department's 40 year history, its faculty have received the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award 24 times. This award is presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated leadership, character, and teaching ability as demonstrated by the caliber of instruction and responsiveness to the needs of students. Nominations for this award are made by students in the professional education program. See a list of faculty who won the award.

Dr. Vernon L. Tharp1. Dr. Vernon L. Tharp served as the first leader of the Clinical Sciences Department as well as the first Veterinary Hospital Director. He was president of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, president of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association and was the executive secretary for the World Equine Association.