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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: April 2009

April 2009

Welcome to the April 2009 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

News at the College

Board of Trustees recognized Lisa Shriver

Lisa Shriver, senior veterinary student in the college, was recognized Friday, April 3 by The Ohio State University Board of Trustees with the Student Recognition Award. Lisa is first in the 2009 graduating class with a 3.981 grade point average. She has been matched for a highly competitive internship at Michigan State University in Small Animal General Medicine.

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Dr. Inpanbutr Receives BETHA Grant

Dr. Nong Inpanbutr of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences has received a grant from the Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA).

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Drs. Scansen and Sherding awarded prestigious AAVC honors

Drs. Brian Scansen and Bob Sherding from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine were chosen as recipients of the 2009 AAVC Residency Award and AAVC Clinical Faculty Achievement Award, respectively. These awards were presented to them in April at a VCS faculty meeting in front of their peers and colleagues.

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"Horse Racing at the Crossroads and in the Crosshairs"

On Monday, April 13, Dr. Mary Scollay, medical director for the Kentucky Equine Racing Commission, presented, "Horse Racing, at the Crossroads and in the Crosshairs," at the College of Veterinary Medicine. The talk presented a historical look at the public's relationship with horse racing and offered a perspective on current issues facing the industry.

Listen to the talk recording.

Update on the search for a new dean

Campus interviews were conducted during March for the three finalists for dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. According to the head of the search committee, Carole A. Anderson, the committee has met with the provost, offered their recommendation, and he is determining how to proceed.

Remember to check our web site for news!

Vet Med in the news

Vet student featured on Big 10 Network

Fourth-year Kristin Couts shares her day with the video crew from WOSU-TV, and was featured on their program on the Big 10 Network

View the feature.

Alumni updates

Alumnus Dr. C. Richard Beckett recognized by University of Findlay

At a special ceremony on Friday, May 1, the University of Findlay dedicated the new Dr. C. Richard Beckett Animal Science Building. The building recognizes the efforts of Dr. Beckett for conceiving and helping to start the pre-veterinary program at the University of Findlay nearly 30 years ago, and for his unending support of the program since then.

Dr. Beckett, who currently serves as chair of the University of Findlay's Board of Trustees, is a veterinarian and president/owner of Animal Care Centers of America. He is a founding member of the Hancock County Humane Society and is active in professional, community, and church organizations. He received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1960 and was later named an Ohio State Distinguished Alumnus.

Alumnus inducted into Ohio State at Lima Hall of Fame

Dr. G. Gilbert Cloyd, retired Chief Technology Officer of Procter & Gamble and former chair of The Ohio State University Board of Trustees, was inducted into The Ohio State University at Lima Hall of Fame on May 1.

Dr. Cloyd attended Ohio State, beginning with Ohio State Lima, and received his DVM degree in 1969. Following graduation, he entered a private veterinary practice in Chicago. He returned to Ohio State for some graduate work in Veterinary Pathology in 1971. He entered a private practice in Cincinnati in 1972 and began consulting work in toxicology, including work with P&G. In 2000 he assumed the position of Chief Technology Officer. In that capacity, he had overall functional responsibility for P&G's global Research and Development organization.

To be considered for the Ohio State Lima Hall of Fame, a candidate must have attended Ohio State Lima at least one quarter, earned an Ohio State degree, and exhibited leadership in their profession and the community.

Stepping up to the challenge of leadership

Read the latest message from The Ohio State University Alumni Association CEO Archie Griffin.

Upcoming events

Access to Veterinary Care: Obligations & Resources under the ADA

The American's with Disabilities Act requires that public spaces be accommodating to people with physical limitations, and that includes veterinary practices. Everyone is invited to a presentation by L. Scott Lissner, University ADA Coordinator, on Tuesday, May 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium.

Held in conjunction with the student group Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity (VOICE), this session will provide a brief overview of your obligations under the ADA and the resources available to help you meet them. VOICE is dedicated to bringing diversity awareness to the veterinary profession starting at the student level.

Mr. Lissner is also an associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy, as well as a lecturer in the Knowlton School of Architecture, Moritz College of Law and Office of Disability Services at Ohio State. If you or your staff would like to attend, please email Dr. Michelle Harcha at

Join us for "Pink Week"

The College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a team for faculty, staff, students and alumni for the annual Komen Race for the Cure. During the week preceding the race, the college will host several special events and fundraisers for breast cancer awareness. The highlight of "Pink Week" will be a keynote address by Dr. Rebekah Gee, physician and women’s health advocate (and daughter of The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee), on Friday, May 15 at noon in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

View descriptions of other Pink Week events.

Highlights include a fish bowl auction and on-line silent auction. Silent auction items include the opportunity to drop the flag to begin a race at the Mid-Ohio Raceway, take a flight in a private plane, own a football autographed by Archie Griffin, and enjoy a private Thai cooking lesson with wine tasting.

Annual Golf Outing June 3, 2009

This year, the annual alumni golf outing is scheduled for June 3, 2009 at the Bent Tree Golf Club, 350 Bent Tree Rd. Sunbury, OH 43074, (740) 965-5140. As in past years, the event is presented by the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. Registration deadline: May 22, 2009. This event is limited to the first 144 paid golfers. On the day of the event, registration begins at 9 a.m. The shotgun start is at 11, with dinner and awards starting at 4:30 p.m. Again, we will feature a scramble format.

The registration forms are available at our web site (PDF).

Traffic Patterns to Change in June 2009

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced a major renovation project for State Route 315, which starts June 15 and continues through mid-October, between I-670 and North Broadway. Both the northbound and southbound traffic will utilize the southbound side of the highway, and many exit and entrance ramps will be closed. Around the Veterinary Hospital, the exit ramps at Lane Avenue will be open in both directions, and the exit at Kinnear Road will be open in the southbound direction.
State Route 315 Bridge Project.

View the detailed map of open/closed exit/entrance ramps (PDF)

ODOT State Route 315 Bridge Project website

The Inaugural Companion Animal Remembrance Ceremony

Please join us as we celebrate the lives of the beloved companion animals that are no longer with us on Saturday, June 20 at noon. If you are interested in attending, we encourage you to reply to Joelle Nielsen at: or (614) 247-8607 so that we may plan more effectively. (This is not a commitment and will allow us to send you updates and reminders regarding the event.)

Alumni Reunion Weekend highlights

Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled for September 11-13, 2009.
On Friday afternoon, alumni are invited to participate in continuing education sessions at the college, including a keynote address by Dr. Dean Richardson (DVM, 1979), from the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. That evening, everyone is invited to the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café, to attend class reunions, a reception and dinner banquet, the Alumni Society Annual Meeting and awards presentation, plus the silent and live auctions*. On Saturday, we will host the Alumni Society Board Meeting starting at 2 p.m. The dean will offer a "State of the College" address at 4, and the tailgate will run from 5-7:30, with kickoff at 8 p.m. for the big football game**.

*Donate items to the auctions!

The money raised during the silent and lives auctions held annually during Alumni Reunion Weekend allow us to give back to the college. We count on dedicated alumni such as you to contribute items for the auctions. These can vary from an iPOD to a weekend getaway, from a stethoscope to unique artwork, and of course Buckeye-themed merchandise is always popular. We thank you in advance for your support of Alumni Reunion Weekend and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Donation form for auction items.

**Football ticket lottery

On Saturday, September 12th, Ohio State will play the USC Trojans. We anticipate a high demand for a limited number of tickets. We will conduct a lottery of ELIGIBLE alumni who are interested in attending the game. To be eligible for tickets, alumni must be members of the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society AND the Ohio State Alumni Association by June 1, 2009. Lottery applications will be sent in July only to eligible alumni. We hope you will join us for all activities, even if you don’t attend the game. Priority will be give to classes celebrating reunions: 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1999 and 2004.

Around Campus

Fingerhut's lecture broadcast on WOSU-TV

Ohio Chancellor Eric Fingerhut delivered the 6th Annual James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture on Friday April 24, 2009. The event is being broadcast on WOSU Public Media during May: On WOSU Plus (34.1), Fridays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 9 p.m. The event was hosted by the Office of University Outreach and Engagement.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 8:40am