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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: August 2009

August 2009

Welcome to the August 2009 edition of the Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. We look forward to seeing you next week during Alumni Reunion Weekend September 11-13.

News at the College

Alumni Reunion Weekend September 11-13

Regular registration for Alumni Reunion Weekend closed on August 28, and is still available with a $20 late fee. Call 1-800-762-5646 to register. Everyone is welcome to join us for the Continuing Education keynote address by Dr. Dean Richardson, (DVM '79), Charles W. Raker professor of equine surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, New Bolton Center, who will speak on "The Barbaro Story" at 2 p.m. in the Veterinary Hospital auditorium. Parking is free in the lot east of the Veterinary Hospital in front of Sisson Hall and the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building.

Welcome Dean Lonnie King

Ohio State alumnus Dr. Lonnie King (DVM '70) began his tenure as dean on September 1, 2009. Most recently at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Dr. King also spent 10 years in East Lansing as dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Read more details of his bio. He will offer a special look at "The Future of Veterinary Medicine," on Saturday, September 12 at 4 p.m., following the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society annual membership and board meeting. The barbecue and tailgate will begin immediately after his talk.

He will also speak as part of the Friday, September 11 Continuing Education program, offering a talk on, "Infectious Diseases and One Health" at 1 p.m. in the Veterinary Hospital auditorium. You must be a paid registrant of the conference to attend this session. To sign up for the Alumni Reunion Weekend Continuing Education program, please contact the CE Coordinator Leslie Gusching at 614-292-8272,

Third Year Vet Student Awarded AWVF Scholarship

Jennell Bigrigg, a third year DVM student, was awarded a scholarship by the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation sponsored by Central Life Sciences. Bigrigg was selected based on leadership potential, career path and influence in veterinary medicine both in and outside of school.

"This scholarship will bring me one step closer to fulfilling my dream of becoming a veterinary scientist in biomedical research," Bigrigg said. "It is extremely rewarding to know that I am pursing a career that can have such an impact on the future of veterinary medicine."

Read the full story about Jennell Bigrigg.

College Pelotonia participants raise thousands for cancer research

Faculty, staff and students rode, raised money and volunteered with the inaugural 2009 Pelotonia bike tour. Pelotonia is an annual grass roots bike tour with the goal of raising money for innovative and life saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Riders could choose from one day routes of 25 miles, 50 miles or 100 miles; or the two-day trek of 180 miles.

The team from the Department of Veterinary Biosciences raised more than $9,000 and included Drs. Lairmore, Green, Boris-Lawrie, Oglesbee and DeWille, Graduate Student Association President Jill Werbeck, and Dr. Lairmore's son, Jared Lairmore.

Dr. Michelle Harcha from the administrative office rode the 25 mile route and raised more than her $1,000 goal.

Dr. William Kisseberth, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, rode the 50 mile route with his wife's Melanoma team and also raised $1,000.

Class of 2012 student Holly Brown rode 100 miles and is still raising money towards her $1,000 goal.

Dr. Krista LePerle represented the college as one of more than 500 volunteers. Pelotonia directs 100 percent of every dollar raised towards research.

Karen Longbrake, Senior Development Director for the college rode 50 miles and has raised $3,050 of a $4,000 pledge.

All the riders from the college express their gratitude to those who contributed towards their fund raising goals.

Donate to Pelotonia.

Animal Welfare Symposium October 16, 2009

On October 16, a symposium on farm animal welfare at The Ohio State University will offer perspectives grounded in science and education on Ohio's farm animal production practices. The "Ohio State Animal Welfare Symposium: Building Partnerships to Address Animal Welfare," will take place Friday, October 16 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Speakers will examine issues surrounding animal welfare in Ohio and across the country, highlighting current animal welfare research and encouraging balanced discussions. The symposium is organized by Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, which have recently partnered with the Animal Welfare Science Centre of Australia. Continuing education credit is available.

Learn more about the symposium.

Construction Continues on State Route 315

Construction on State Route 315 will cause traffic delays on football Saturdays, which are expected to be more severe than before. Due to this construction, there may be changes to inbound and outbound traffic patterns from game to game. Fans are asked to anticipate changes in these traffic patterns, and follow the instructions of traffic officers directing traffic around the construction and its detours. Those attending the night game versus USC could find it takes twice as long to exit campus as in the past. Vehicles parked closest to the stadium will likely take the longest to exit. In general, fans planning to travel south after the game should plan to park in lots south of Ohio Stadium; fans wanting to travel north should park in lots north of Ohio Stadium.

More information can be found regarding the football parking construction update.

Update from Continuing Education

Evening CE Series in Small Animal Surgery and Medicine

Two new evening continuing education series are now available through continuing education. The Small Animal Surgery series and the Small Animal Medicine series will each cover a variety of topics to keep veterinarians and veterinary technicians up-to-date with the latest in veterinary medicine. Each series features a monthly class held on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Find out more about the evening CE series.

New Online CE Course Examining Respiratory Distress in Cats

A new course has been added to our online CE offerings. Emergency Approach to the Dyspneic Cat is designed to increase knowledge regarding the various disease processes that can result in dyspnea and respiratory distress in cats and their initial management. The course is presented by Edward Cooper, VMD, MS, DACVECC, and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

More information regarding respiratory distress in cats course.

Vet Med in the news

A great pony tale three-legged appaloosa determined to survive

From the Columbus Dispatch August 5, 2009 - Few people will ever see a pony with a prosthetic leg. And one with an artificial leg that has a smiley face on the hoof? Even more unlikely. The smiley face, however, seems to fit Molly, an appaloosa pony who made an appearance yesterday at stables in Blacklick. For most horses, leg injuries are death sentences. As the animal shifts weight onto its remaining legs, the extra weight can cause fractures and other injuries. But Molly was different. She learned to walk on three legs, standing on a hillside to shift her weight to her back hooves and resting frequently. That impressed Rustin Moore, now the chairman of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State University. He was at Louisiana State University at the time and agreed to operate on Molly.

Read the whole article about Molly the Pony.

Wounded Police Dog Continues Slow Recovery

Bosco, a Zanesville, Ohio police K-9, remains in The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital's critical care unit as he recovers from two gunshot wounds. Bosco was shot on Sunday, August 23, when Officer Mike Schiele attempted to arrest a Zanesville man on a misdemeanor warrant. Officer Schiele was shot in the leg and was treated and released from Grant Hospital. Bosco was shot through the neck and suffered multiple injuries. Immediately following his injury, he was paralyzed. After a week of supportive and medical care with pain management and daily rehabilitation, Bosco has shown remarkable improvement and has gained some movement in his hind legs.

Continue to check here for updates about Bosco's recovery.

Remember to check our web site for news!

Alumni updates

Alumni Class Updates Move to Online Format

The alumni class updates, which provide current information on alumni who have graduated from the college, are now available online. Previously printed in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Annual Report and "The Speculum." The updates are arranged by decade and class year, with names in alphabetical order.

View the alumni class updates

Alumnus Wins Award From Muscular Dystrophy Association

Dr. Larry Pennington (DVM '79) was awarded the 2009 Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award for Connecticut from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in August. Pennington, who has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), was honored because of his personal and professional accomplishments, community involvement and efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of others. The award is named in honor of Robert Ross, MDA's longtime chief executive, who died in 2006. Ross created the Personal Achievement Award program to educate the public that disability is no obstacle to accomplishment.

Dr. Pennington was diagnosed with FSHD in December 2000. Since then, he has dedicated his time to MDA, helping to raise awareness and funds through such events as MDA Lock-Ups and auctions. He also was the inspiration for a 2008 skating benefit for MDA called "Skate for Life," produced and directed by his son Parker. The event raised more than $21,000, making it one of the biggest MDA events in Connecticut for 2008. Dr. Pennington has been the owner and full-time practicing veterinarian of the Windsor Animal Clinic since 1984, and is the founder of the First Towne Veterinary Science 4-H Club, which now has more than 60 active members, many of whom Dr. Pennington has personally mentored. More information can be found at the MDA web site.

Three Alumni Receive Recognition from the AVMA

Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award

Dr. Brian W. Forsgren (DVM '77) received the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association for outstanding work in increasing the understanding of, preserving, and protecting human-animal relationships. According to news from the AVMA, Dr. Forsgren has devoted his career to providing veterinary care in Cleveland's low-income communities. He spent many years working with low-income pet owners and stray animals at the Willey Avenue Animal Clinic in partnership with the Cleveland Animal Protective League. He opened the Gateway Animal Clinic in 1999 with the mission of providing access to care for all companion animals in the community. Outside of practice, Dr. Forsgren has been active in the Ohio VMA. He served as OVMA president, chair of the Animal Welfare Committee, and chair of the Practice Act Task Force. He was state veterinary representative for an update of Ohio's statutes on animal cruelty. With the OVMA and other organizations, he helped develop courses on shelter medicine for the Midwest Veterinary Conference.

Charles River Prize

Dr. John Gilbert Miller (DVM '71) was the recipient of the Charles River Prize for contributions to the field of laboratory animal medicine and science. He is an expert and leader in the humane care and use of animals in research, testing, and education. He also was instrumental in founding the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs to help protect human research participants. Dr. Miller was the first director of the NIH Office for Protection from Research Risks—now the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare—where he led the efforts of the U.S. Public Health Service to ensure consistency between USPHS policy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's regulations on animal welfare. After 26 years with the Army and USPHS, Dr. Miller retired from government service to lead the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International for 12 years, expanding AAALAC International's accreditation program to more than 30 countries. He currently works as a consultant

AVMA Public Service Award

Dr. Robert L. Rausch (DVM '45) received the AVMA Public Service Award for outstanding contributions to public health and regulatory veterinary medicine.
Dr. Rausch has devoted his career to the investigation of zoonoses, especially in Alaska and elsewhere in the Arctic and subarctic. While a member of the U.S. Public Health Service, he headed a zoonoses program in Alaska for many years. Dr. Rausch taught veterinary microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan before joining the faculty of the University of Washington, where he has been a professor in the School of Public Health's Department of Pathobiology and the School of Medicine's Department of Comparative Medicine. He received an emeritus appointment in 1992. Dr. Rausch has worked with the people of Alaska to learn about the environment and concepts of disease transmission in northern areas. He also has undertaken field investigations in Siberia, Japan, China, and South America.

In Memoriam

Dr. James L. Davis (DVM '57)

Dr. James L. Davis, 77, of Parkersburg, W.Va., died March 22, 2009. He owned a small animal practice in Parkersburg for more than 30 years. During his career, Dr. Davis also practiced in West Virginia at Huntington and Williamstown, helped found the A-Vet Emergency Clinic in Parkersburg, and was instrumental in establishing the Animal Health Technician School at what is now known as Pierpont Community and Technical College.

He served on the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Veterinary Service from 1980-1986 and represented District IV on the AVMA Executive Board from 1989-1995. Dr. Davis was a past president of the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and served on the West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine. In 1987, he was named WVVMA Veterinarian of the Year. Dr. Davis is survived by his wife, Sally; a daughter; and two sons. Memorials may be made to the Parkersburg Community Foundation, 501 Avery St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Dr. Paul A. Didion (DVM '51)

Dr. Paul A. Didion, 87, of Jefferson, Wis., died Dec. 10, 2008. Retired since 1992, he was a founder of Jefferson Veterinary Clinic. Early in his career, Dr. Didion owned a mixed animal practice in Jefferson. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps. Dr. Didion served 32 years on the board of directors of the Jefferson County Bank. His wife, Lela; two daughters; and four sons survive him. Dr. Didion's daughter-in-law, Dr. Yvonne M. Bellay (OSU '75), is a veterinarian in Jefferson. Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 324 E. North St., Jefferson, WI 53549; Jefferson Community Foundation, P.O. Box 81, Jefferson, WI 53549; or Tomorrow's Hope, 147 W. Rockwell St., Jefferson, WI 53549.

USAF Col. (ret.) Michael L. Horton (DVM '72)

USAF Col. (ret.) Michael L. Horton, 62, of Fairborn, passed away Friday July 31, 2009. He was born November 28, 1946, in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Marvin and Betty Jane (Tribbey) Horton. Dr. Horton served his country in the United States Air Force, both active duty and reserve, retiring at the rank of Colonel in 1998.

He was the owner and president of Fairborn Animal Hospital since October 1981 and was a member of and held offices in many of the following organizations: American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Dayton Veterinary Medical Association, Miami Valley Veterinary Medical Association, American Dental Association, and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

Very active in the community, Dr. Horton volunteered with Fairborn Parks and Recreation, Fairborn Heritage Days, Fairborn Police Advisory Board, and the Fairborn Education Foundation. He started Fairbornites Restoring Our Greene Spaces (F.R.O.G.S.) and hosted "Our Fairborn Heritage" and "Fairborn Plain and Simple" on local television.

He has received many special honors, including Fairborn City Schools Hall of Honor, Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce Award of Civic Excellence, Best Veterinarian Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and ASPCA Animal Watch Magazine, Martin Luther King Peace Maker Award, Grand Marshal in the Fairborn 4th of July Parade, Fairborn's Sweet Corn Festival King, Daisy Sticksel Conservation Award from the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, The Humane Society of the United States Urban Wildlife Sanctuary Program Award, B-W Greenway Backyard Wildlife Habitat Award, The Dr. Michael L. Horton Fairborn Parks and Recreation Volunteer of the Year Award, which is given annually to an individual or organization. Dr. Horton was also a published author and wrote numerous articles, abstracts and papers.

He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents. Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Marcia; a son, Benjamin (Amanda) Brooks of Chicago; his father, Marvin of Springfield; sister-in-law, Linda (Eldon) Davidson of Vandalia; brothers-in-law, Kent (Ute) Waymire of Pittsburgh, Craig Waymire of Melbourne, Fla., Brian (Susan) Waymire of Vandalia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to F.R.O.G.S., c/o Fairborn Parks Foundation, PO Box 3255, Fairborn, OH 45324.

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