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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: April 2010

April 2010

Welcome to the April 2010 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

Veterinary Magazine now available

All alumni have been mailed the Veterinary Magazine, Highlights 2008-2009. If you have not received it, please contact Melissa L. Weber, or (614) 292-3752.

CORRECTION TO THE MAGAZINE: On page 21, we welcomed new Clinical Instructor in Anesthesiology and Pain Management Dr. Turi Aarnes and misspelled two of her colleagues' names. She joins Drs. Richard Bednarski, John Hubbell, and Phillip Lerche in the anesthesia service. (Our apology for the error.) Any other corrections or comments should be directed to Melissa Weber at or (614) 292-3752.

Veterinary Teaching Hospital is now the Veterinary Medical Center

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital has been re-named The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, with approval from the University Board of Trustees. The Veterinary Medical Center consists of the Hospital for Companion Animals, the Hospital for Farm Animals, and the Galbreath Equine Center, all under the umbrella of the College of Veterinary Medicine. This change offers the opportunity to promote the breadth and depth of services offered. While our mission will always be centered on educating veterinarians – from our own DVM students to the interns and residents who count on our expertise to guide them to specialty board certification – the new name provides a broader understanding of our diagnostic and specialty treatment capabilities. More information.

Dr. Au completes CCRT certification

Dr. Jennifer Au, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery, has completed her certification in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRT) through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She has been overseeing the Canine Rehabilitation service for over a year. Dr. Au completed a 40-hour internship at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine group (VOSM) in Annapolis Junction, MD, wrote three case reports, and passed a final comprehensive examination. A Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, she joined the faculty at Ohio state in October of 2008. 

Congratulations to Joe Esch, second-year veterinary student

At the annual Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) meeting, Joe Esch, second-year veterinary student was selected as the SAVMA president-elect for 2010-2011; he will serve as president in 2011-2012. More information.

College partners with LifeCare Alliance

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine has partnered with LifeCare Alliance to provide wellness and basic animal care for elderly or homebound residents in Franklin County. The program is funded by the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust and is under the direction of Dr. Larry Hill, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and director of the Shelter Medicine Program, and Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Lifecare Alliance provides services to elderly or chronically ill residents in Franklin and Madison County, including Meals-on-Wheels. They screen pet-owning clients to determine who would benefit from the mobile veterinary service. More information.

Free eye exams for service dogs at Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center

Veterinary ophthalmologists from The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center will offer free sight-saving eye exams for service dogs on May 3, 5, 17 and 24 at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center, 601 Vernon Tharp St. Drs. Anne Gemensky Metzler and David Wilkie, board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, are two of more than 150 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists across the U.S. and Canada offering these eye assessments to thousands of service dogs nationwide as part of the ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Day. More information.

White Coat Ceremony celebrates student learning

Veterinary students celebrated the completion of their third year of classroom learning at the "White Coat Ceremony," a formal ceremony signifying their entry in to the clinical portion of the DVM program, during which they received their white coats. The 2010 event was held at the Columbus Athenaeum, on March 27. More information.

Highway escape delays trip to Veterinary Medical Center

A cow being transported to The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center for assistance with a difficult birth caused a traffic tie-up when she escaped from her trailer on I-70 near I-71 in downtown Columbus around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. Columbus Police assisted her owner in returning her to the trailer. She arrived at the Hospital for Farm Animals at the Veterinary Medical Center around 3 p.m. and gave birth to a healthy, 80 pound female calf within 30 minutes. More information.

Ohio State Josh Project wins big at SAVMA

The Ohio State University Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) raised money last year to purchase 250 Josh Kits for children facing pre-admission testing at Nationwide Children's Hospital. In addition to making a scary experience a little brighter for those kids, they were awarded first place at last month's SAVMA Symposium. They were recognized for raising more money than any other SCAVMA chapter in the country for the first time since the competition began. The Josh Kit contains a book, "I'll Be OK," which explains the experience of hospitalization, and a stuffed puppy named "Josh." The Josh Project is an initiative of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Children's Miracle Network. Each SCAVMA chapter raises money for local children's hospitals. More information.

Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day

Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day showcases the research and scholarship accomplishments of veterinary students, residents, graduate students and faculty in the college. This year's "Research Day" was held on April 10 with 97 posters on display in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building and Sisson Hall. The event allows the college community to come together and learn about exciting research being carried out by colleagues. Poster abstracts and a list of award winners.

Heart Worm Guidelines

The American Heartworm Society reports that over 1 million dogs in the United States may be infected with heartworm. The society recently released new canine heartworm guidelines for 2010. The 14-page guide is targeted to veterinary professionals and available as a free, downloadable PDF file at the website.

Faculty Experts in the News

Pet owners appeal for law to prevent antifreeze poisoning

The Columbus Dispatch, March 25, 2010 - Dr. Dennis J. Chew, professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences Read the story

Raw Facts: What Some People Don't Know About Unpasteurized Milk

Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2010  - Despite mounting evidence of the health risks in unpasteurized milk, raw milk advocates continue to tout its alleged benefits, dismissing warnings about bacterial contaminants that can sicken or even kill adults and children. The situation bedevils public-health officials and food-safety experts. "We know raw milk is hazardous, but we don't know what it is that drives people to consume it anyway," says Jeffrey LeJeune, a microbiologist and researcher at the Food Animal Health Research Program at The Ohio State University. Dr. LeJeune is conducting a study with funding from the USDA to learn more about how consumers make judgments about milk safety. Read the story

Alumni Updates

Alumnus promoted to full professor at Texas Tech

Ronald D. Warner, DVM (OSU 1971), MPVM (UC Davis, 1976), PhD (OSU 1987) was promoted to professor at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX in February. Dr. Warner has been a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine since August of 1994, following his U.S. Air Force career. His primary responsibilities at TTUHSC will continue to be teaching medical and graduate students, as well as medical residents, conducting research in epidemiology, and directing the Texas Tech Physicians' Travel Medicine Clinic.

Book published detailing famous murder

A new book, Gold Medal Killer: The Shocking True Story of the Ohio State Professoran Olympic Championand His Coed Lover, by Diana Britt Franklin with Nancy Pennell, has been published by Marquette Books in Spokane, Washington. The book tells the true story of Dr. James Howard Snook, professor of veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University, convicted of murder during the summer of 1929. Called "One of the most sordid murder trials ever staged in an American courtroom," the testimony was so shocking that not even the New York tabloids would print it. Dr. Snook remains the only Olympic champion to die in the electric chair.

Across Campus

New Ohio Union Opens

The new Ohio Union officially opened its doors on March 29, the first day of spring quarter. You can view a narrated slide show featuring great pictures of the new building.

Upcoming Events

May 10-15 Komen Race for the Cure and "Pink Week"

A College of Veterinary Medicine team has been formed for the Komen for the Cure walk/race scheduled for Saturday, May 15. "Pink Week" is a series of events planned for the week prior to the Komen event. The steering committee is planning bake sales, raffles and other activities to raise additional money for Komen, the Stefanie Spielman Fund, and the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Center. In addition, guest speakers - from survivors to oncologists - will be at the college throughout the week discussing breast cancer from different perspectives. The Pink Week steering committee members represent all areas of the college. If you have suggestions and would like to get involved in Pink Week activities, please contact Dr. Michelle Harcha,

Tuesday, May 11 – Buckeyes Got Talent, 7 p.m. at St. John Arena

Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club of Columbus. More about the event.

Saturday, May 15 – Family Swim Open House with the OSU swimming teams

1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the McCorkle Swim Complex More details and registration

Alumni Reunion Weekend rescheduled for September 10-12, 2010

The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend will be held September 10-12, 2010. This year we will hold the annual Friday class reunions, banquet and auctions at the newly opened Ohio Union. The Buckeye football game on Saturday, September 11 features a matchup against the Miami of Florida Hurricanes. The Ohio State University Alumni Association is again providing tickets to the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. A lottery will be held with preference given to alumni celebrating reunions (1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005). You must be a member of both The Ohio State University Alumni Association AND the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society to be eligible to purchase tickets to the game. Game tickets will be sold with the Saturday alumni tailgate event only. Additional details will be coming soon.

Save the date: Annual Golf Outing June 23

The Annual Alumni Golf Outing, is planned for Wednesday, June 23 and will be held at the Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club in the Powell area. Registration for the 2010 Annual Golf Outing is limited to the first 144 paid golfers, so be sure to register today.

Golf outing registration.

Kinsale Spa (for the non-golfer during the Annual Golf Outing on June 23, 2010)

  • Fees and Services
    • Cost: $100 per person
    • Spa Services: This includes the daily guest fee at Kinsale pool plus Kinsale Signature Spa Cocktail (1 ½ hour Manicure and Pedicure) or 60 minute Kinsale Signature Massage, use of Spa whirlpools, steam room, locker rooms and lounges. *does not include gratuity for services
    • Spa Lunch: Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap with Orzo Salad and Fresh Fruit.
    • Dinner: You can join the golfers for dinner as they arrive back at the club house for: hamburgers, bratwurst, and BBQ chicken drumsticks. Assortment of relishes, breads and baked beans, cole slaw, fruit salad. Also comes with cookies, brownies, iced tea, lemonade and water.

To reserve your space, email Michelle Harcha at

In Memoriam

Dr. Donovan G. James, DVM 1952

Dr. Donovan G. James, 83, died in March 2010, at SOMC Hospice Center. A native of New Boston, he was born April 22, 1926, to the late Reese James and Olive Smith James. Dr. James was a retired veterinarian of the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture. He was a member of the First Church of God of New Boston. After graduating from Glenwood High School he entered military service as a combat infantryman in the 94th Infantry Division participating in the Rhineland and central Europe campaign. He married Freida Mea Kuhner James on February 13, 1953 in New Boston. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University and a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. He is survived by his wife, two sons Brian (Nancy) James of Pedro, and Bradley James of Minford; two daughters, Beth (Terry) Barnett of Ashville, N.C., and Becky (Brian) Cornwell of Columbus; seven grandchildren, Kelly James Long, Adam James, Scott Barnett, Michael (Sarah) Barnett, Amanda Cornwell, Abby Cornwell and Brian Cornwell; two great-grandchildren, Charlee Long and Samuel Long; one sister, Ferol (Marvin) Adkins of Rosemount; two nephews; and several cousins including Judy Karshner.

Dr. Cindie Davis Holub, DVM 1983

Dr. Cindie Davis Holub, 52, of Westford, MA passed away in February 2010. She was born to James Howard Davis and the late Karen Swanson Davis in Oceanside, CA. Cindie graduated from New Albany High School in Ohio and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. She was married to Dr. Brian Holub for 28 years. Brian and Cindie own Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Chelmsford.

Cindie was a loving mother of four boys. She was an avid reader with a burning passion for animals, especially her dog Penelope and her horse Orion. In addition to her love of reading and animals, Cindie enjoyed traveling with her family. She recently traveled to China with her sister Kim on a Global Volunteers teaching trip. Kim and Cindie taught English on the Hainan Islands. In the last few years Cindie began training to compete in an Ironman triathlon. Spending her days training twice a day, she completed three triathlons in 2009. She had previously run the Boston Marathon. In addition to her husband, she is survived by four sons: Bradley Jake (25), Andrew Karl (23), Kevin James (21), and Adam Scott Holub (18), one sister: Kimberly Davis Holmberg, her father, James Howard Davis, and her stepmother Francine Hitchcock Davis. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made in her name to the Humane Society of Greater Akron, 4904 Quick Road, Peninsula, OH 44264.