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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: December, 2007

December, 2007

Welcome to the December 2007 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Important dates

  • December 24 & 25, Christmas holiday (Ohio State offices closed)
  • January 1, New Year's Day (Ohio State offices closed)
  • January 6, BCS National Championship Game Buckeye Bash in New Orleans!
  • January 7, BCS National Championship Game, Superdome, New Orleans
  • January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Ohio State offices closed)

Special Announcements: National Championship Festivities in Louisiana and Ohio

College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences partner to party in New Orleans!

For the first time, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences are partnering for one alumni event at the Bowl Game. Join your friends and colleagues on Sunday, January 6, 2008 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at a complimentary Ice Cream Sundae Reception at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA (Look for signage in the hotel).

Although reservations are not required for the Ice Cream Sundae reception, please let us know if you will be going to New Orleans and the BCS Championship game by contacting Dr. Michelle Harcha at 614-432-3323 or before 01/04/2008.

On Monday morning, you can join CFAES alumna Amanda Hardesty for a tour of some restoration projects underway in New Orleans. Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Ray Miller at or by cell phone at 614-519-5661 prior to Jan 4, 2008.

Alumni Association invitation – if you're headed to New Orleans!

You are invited to the Biggest and Best Buckeye Bash

Make plans to cheer on the Buckeyes at the BCS National Championship Game Buckeye Bash to be held Sunday, January 6 from 3-4:30 p.m. This free stand-up pep rally will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. For more information visit our Buckeye Bash headquarters.

Alumni Association invitation - if you're staying in Columbus!

Join The Ohio State University Alumni Association at the Longaberger Alumni House on Monday, Jan. 7, to watch Ohio State vie for its eighth national title against the Louisiana State Tigers at the Superdome in New Orleans. This exclusive game-watch party will feature a Cajun flair menu catered by Vito's.

The party starts at 7pm and offers you the next best thing to a night in the French Quarter. The evening will include dinner, two free drink tickets, door prizes, free parking, and the chance to watch the BCS Championship game on a big screen. A cash bar will also be available as part of the festivities. This event costs $20 per person and is being offered exclusively to members of the Alumni Association in central Ohio. Don't delay! Space is limited, so register now to make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity. You must be 21 or older to attend, and the registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 21. To register, complete the online form or call (800) 678-6499 or (614) 688-4657 between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Remember to wear your scarlet and gray beads! Go Bucks!

Eli Lilly Funds Veterinary Pathology Program

The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. has awarded the College a grant in the amount of $120,000 to fund fellowships in veterinary pathology over the next 3 years. Philanthropy and community service are long-standing traditions at Eli Lilly and Company. Grants are made on a discretionary basis by the board of directors of the Lilly Foundation through a competitive process. The award will be used to fund the costs associated with training veterinary pathologists (anatomic or clinical pathologists). Recent reports project a deficiency of veterinary pathologists, supporting the need to train highly qualified veterinary pathologists, particularly in academic veterinary medicine. This need has been recognized since its inception by the veterinary pathology training program at Ohio State, which incorporates elements of both residency training and graduate education into a unified program. The program is supported through cultural and infrastructure support. The Eli Lilly Foundation Award will be instrumental in the financial support of the training program in veterinary pathology. Congratulations to the faculty, staff, and students involved in putting the program in a position to obtain this award!

OVMA Call For Presiders for the 2008 Midwest Veterinary Conference

Please consider volunteering to be a presider at the 2008 Midwest Veterinary Conference, February 21-24! Volunteers typically preside for a morning session (from 8 a.m.-noon) or an afternoon session (from 1-5 p.m.). Any level of commitment is welcome. Presiders are responsible for introducing the speaker of each session, utilizing a prepared introduction/biography. The presider communicates with the OVMA staff on issues with the speaker's equipment, lighting, etc. Additionally, on the day(s) a person is presiding, s/he can join the speaker(s) for complimentary lunch in the MVC Speaker Lunch room.

If you have any questions concerning presiders please contact Aimee B. Ruble, Education and Events Assistant, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association at:

Please indicate your availability by January 3rd. After this date the sessions will be open for veterinary students to volunteer as presiders. Please be advised to only sign up for non-sponsored tracks. Our sponsors have until January 3rd to volunteer as a presider.

Vet Med in the News

Reminder: time to license your dog

Dog licenses for 2008 can be purchased now through January 31. On February 1, a late fee will be charged unless the dog being licensed has been newly acquired. Ten cents from every dog license sold in Ohio goes to The Ohio State University Canine Research Fund, administered here in the College of Veterinary Medicine, which provides funding for studies that improve the health and wellness of dogs.

See our web site for details, including fees and locations for purchase in Franklin County, Ohio.

Greyhounds arrived at Ohio State

In early November, 24 retired racing greyhounds arrived at the College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital to begin a new life. Supported in part through a partnership with Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, students and veterinarians provided routine medical care for the animals from tracks in Kansas. All 24 greyhounds were placed for adoption foster homes. The story was covered by Channel 4, The Lantern and a weekly student newspaper called, "U Weekly."

Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center offers expanded services

Columbus Dispatch Higher Education Blog, November 16, 2007

Ohio State University's small-animal veterinary practice has expanded its hours to better meet the needs of the community.

Animal Clinic Northview renowned for care

This story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on November 27, 2007, featured a quote from Dr. Rustin Moore, chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and focuses on alumnus Dr. Robert Hutchison.

Staph infection found in pets

Columbus Dispatch, December 15, 2007

This story discusses a study of MRSA planned for the Veterinary Medical Center and quotes Dr. Armando Hoet, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and director of the Veterinary Public Health master’s program.

Research group featured in Journal of Cancer Research

A group of researchers in the College of Veterinary Medicine just published a ground-breaking article in the most recent issue of the Journal of Cancer Research. The Ohio State Research Communications office wrote a story explaining it, and also offers some amazing photos.

Alumni Updates

Vet Insider Magazine

After Alumna Dr. Carolyn Biehl (DVM ’94) started into private practice, she realized the need for better ways to communicate with clients. Starting with a series of articles posted on the web, her efforts have now grown in to, which includes a radio program, as well as an extensive information-filled web site that includes interviews available for download and podcast. “We were thrilled to be able to interview AVMA President Dr. Gregory Hammer,” said Dr. Biehl. She was on campus December 12 interviewing faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine about issues and diseases in the field.

Ohio State Alumnus chosen for Iditarod

Dr. Dana King from Springfield, Ohio, (DVM ’68) has been invited to be a veterinarian for the Iditarod, an annual sled dog race in Alaska, where mushers and teams of dogs cover about 1,151 miles (1,853 km) in eight to fifteen days. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best mushers and sled dog teams and evolved into the highly competitive race it is today. (The current fastest winning time record was set in 2002 by Martin Buser with a time of 8 days, 22 hours, 46 minutes, and 2 seconds.)

Celebrating 90 years!

Dr. Robert F. Baker, (DVM ’42) and Mary Place Baker, his wife of 68 years, recently celebrated Dr. Baker’s 90th birthday. According to their daughter, Ellen K. Baker, he was in veterinary practice (large and small animal) in Spencerville, OH, from 1942 through 1956. He then worked as a veterinary consultant for Ft. Dodge Pharmaceuticals before being Directory of Veterinary Research at Abbott Laboratory, from 1958 through 1963. He then returned to Ohio and established a small animal practice in Cridersville, OH. Now retired, one of his main activities has been working as a proud Ohio State Alumnus, including serving on the College of Veterinary Medicine Admissions Committee and has been involved in the AVMA for 60 years. He was President of the Industrial Veterinarians in the sixties, and was the OVMA Veterinarian of the Year in the 90's. He and Mrs. Baker have been active members of the Cridersville Historical Society.

Upcoming Events

North American Veterinary Conference

Orlando, Florida
Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Reception
Sunday, January 20, 2008, Marriott World Center, Crystal Ballroom Salon M,
7-9 p.m. Please RSVP by Friday, January 11 to or 614-292-9296

In Memoriam

Connair, Ruth Kelly Cofer

Age 78, life long Dayton resident and wife of alumnus Thomas Connair, DVM ‘58, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2007 at Miami Valley Hospital after a sudden illness. Ruth was born March 17, 1929 and was Irish through and through, having been born a Kelly on St. "Paddy's" Day. Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph H. and Ruth M. Kelly, son Terry, first husband Ned Cofer and special friend Jim Leist. Survived by husband, Dr. Thomas Connair; brother John T. Kelly; daughters Molly (Darell) Butts; Moira (Stephen) Betts; and son, Ryan Cofer; four grandchildren, Bryan and Kevin Butts; Connor and Megan Betts; great-grandchild, Kerysten Butts; nephews and cousins. Ruth graduated from Holy Angels Grade School and Julienne High class of 1947. She also attended the University of Dayton. She was twice National Junior Skating Champion. Ruth retired after 18 years as office manager at Pediatric Associates of Kettering. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, aunt and Nana and everyone who spent time with her felt blessed by being in her presence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Leonard Faith Community, 8100 Clyo Road, 45458; St. Charles Church, 4500 Ackerman Blvd., 45429 or University of Dayton Golden Flyers, 45469- 2710.

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