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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: February 2009

February 2009

Welcome to the February 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

Dr. Hubbell named OVMA Veterinarian of the Year

Congratulations are due to Interim Dean John A.E. Hubbell, who was recognized as the Veterinarian of the Year by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. The OVMA recognizes just one veterinarian per year. This award represents a lifetime of achievement and selfless service to the veterinary profession, said Dr. Matthew Verbsky during the presentation. "I was really humbled by this honor," said Dr. Hubbell at the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society winter board meeting held Saturday, February 21.

More information about the award

Projects to aid the college

The Alumni Society Board of Trustees received 14 proposals for funding for "Projects to Aid the College," for the winter board meeting. Seven projects were selected for a total of $20,200 in funding. Projects with the greatest overall positive impact for the largest number of students were given priority.

List of the projects receiving funding

Update on the search for new Dean

The three finalists for the position of Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine have been announced and are listed below along with their interview dates. Each candidate's Curriculum Vitae will be posted on the college website this week. Schedules for interviews will be posted as they are finalized.

The three candidates are:

  • Howard Gelberg, DVM, PhD, DACVP
    Professor of Pathology
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Oregon State University
    On-campus visit - March 19 and 20
  • Michael D. Lairmore, DVM, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Veterinary Biosciences
    The Ohio State University
    On-campus visit - March 30 and 31
  • Douglas A. Freeman, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACT
    Professor and Head
    Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences and Department of Veterinary Diagnostic Services
    North Dakota State University
    On-campus visit - April 1 and 2

Please refer to our dean search web page for the most recent updates.

New study suggests flu causes buildup in lungs, lack of oxygen

Research conducted by Ian Davis, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences is being featured by the Office of Research Communications. The study, published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and on which Dr. Davis was senior author, suggests that the influenza virus can cause excess fluid buildup in the lungs, resulting in a lack of oxygen to the rest of the body.

Read the full story on Dr. Davis

Dr. Davis also has been awarded a Great Lakes Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense Individual Career Development Award.

Online CE now available!

The Office of Continuing Education (CE) launched a new CE website and online CE program on Wednesday, February 11th. The office has been offering conventional CE courses since 1926 and is pleased to be adding online CE to the list of offerings. There are currently five online CE courses available on topics including Giardia, Hypercalcemia in the Dog and Cat, FAQ's about Acid Base, Lung Patterns 101: A Radiographic Review and Environmental Enrichment for Indoor-housed Cats. All courses are approximately one hour to 90 minutes in length and cost either $40 or $60 depending upon the length of the course. The College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society members and Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) members receive a 20 percent discount on all online CE courses. In order to receive the discount you must indicate your affiliation with either organization upon registration.

Please visit the Vet Med CE website for additional information

Manufacturers of pet treats offering precautionary recalls

Pet food suppliers are voluntarily recalling products containing peanut butter made by the Peanut Corporation of America. An investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed that the sources of the recently reported Salmonella outbreak are peanut butter and peanut paste produced by the PCA at its Blakely, Georgia processing plant.

For information on the disease and specific products recalled, please refer to the list of news stories

Up-to-date information on the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak investigation

Dr. Jean Sander reveals how to get in to the College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Jean Sander, associate dean in the Office of Students Affairs at the college, is available to speak to your club or organization about the qualities that colleges of veterinary medicine seek in their incoming students. She can describe specific application and interviewing techniques that can help aspiring veterinary students better prepare themselves for the admissions process. If you are interested in hearing Dr. Sander speak to your organization so that you are better informed, please contact Amber Cassell at 614-292-8831.

Veterinary Hospital advertisement

OnCampus, the Ohio State faculty and staff newspaper, has nominated the College of Veterinary Medicine's advertisement for "ad of the year."

View the ad

Veterinary Brochures Now Available for Purchase

Additional brochures are now available for purchase by veterinarians for distribution to their clients. The brochures, which cover a broad range of topics, are available in packets of 25 for just $12.50 each (including shipping).

Previously, available brochures included two on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (one version for veterinarians and one targeted towards pet owners) Two brochures designed to answer frequently asked questions about pursuing careers in veterinary medicine, "So you want to be a Vet?", which describes a Web site designed to engage middle school students in activities about the field of veterinary medicine and a guide to puppy behavior and training. New brochures include a guide to difficult decision making, including euthanasia, and two guides to help pet owners cope with grief after the loss of their companion animal.

Details and an order form that can be printed and mailed to the college with a check is available

Vet Med in the news

Veterinary Practice News features Ohio State

Each month, Veterinary Practice News features a story from a college of veterinary medicine. For February, The Ohio State University is the featured college.

View the story and a slide show

Alumni updates

Nominations still being accepted for 2009 Alumni Awards

Do you know an outstanding alum? Maybe you know a club leader who has served for 10 years - why not nominate him or her for the Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for service to Ohio State?

More information about all the awards or to download a nomination form.

Nominations will be accepted through March 31, and groups that submit a nomination will earn five points toward their Alumni Association Award totals. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Kopp ( or Lisa Peck (

Upcoming events

SAVMA Symposium 2009 is coming!

The students at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine are proud to be the host school for the 2009 SAVMA Symposium, a long standing tradition for veterinary students from across the country to learn from, compete with, and celebrate alongside peers and future colleagues. Events are scheduled March 26-29, 2009 which is the last weekend of spring break. Planning committees are working diligently to prepare a diverse array of lectures, day trips, wet labs, competitions and evening events to engage the interest of every student.

More Symposium 2009 information

Annual Open House scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you know a student is considering a rewarding career in veterinary medicine, make sure they know about the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. First and second-year students are planning a variety of activities and information sessions to introduce participants to veterinary medicine. Activities include: Small animal surgery demonstrations, exotic pets display and discussion, pilot dogs visit, agility dog demonstration, small animal ultrasound examinations, student panels, admission presentations, teddy bear repair clinic, and a children's activity room. Tours of our veterinary hospital will also be available and can be registered for in advance.

In memoriam

Howard J. Barth (DVM, 1946)

Howard J. Barth, D.V.M., 87, of Medina, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in Medina. He was born July 12, 1921, in Litchfield Township. Dr. Barth was a veterinarian in Litchfield for 35 years. He was a member of Litchfield United Church of Christ Congregational. Dr. Barth was an avid fisherman and bridge player. He served on the Buckeye school board, the Medina County Board of Health, the Medina County Fair Board for 14 years, and the Litchfield Masonic Lodge. He served in the Army during World War II in special training. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn "Peg" (nee Holmes) Barth of Medina; son, Gary (Liz) Barth of Medina; daughter, Beatrice Uhl of Westerville; grandsons, Scott Barth and Bryon (Angie) Barth; granddaughters, Stephanie Uhl and Jennifer (Thomas) Kirk; great-granddaughter, Genevieve Barth; and brother, Stanley Barth of Litchfield. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Marjorie Barth. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256; or Litchfield United Church of Christ Congregational.

Orville "Doc" C. Thompson (DVM, 1950)

Orville "Doc" C. Thompson, 82, of Findlay, died at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Bridge Hospice Care Center. He was born April 18, 1926, to Samuel and Emma (Ahlborn) Thompson in Toledo. He married Elinor Ann Crone in 1948, and she died in 1959. On Feb. 17, 1961, he married Evelyn Kahler Mason, and she survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Cindy (Mike) Romick of Rawson, Roger Alan (Dorri) Thompson of Grand Junction, Colo., Susan (Mark) Gons of Findlay, Debra (James) Flickinger of Findlay and Cheryl (Scott) Townsend of Warren, Maine; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five siblings and his parents. Doc spent his childhood in Bowling Green and was a graduate of Bowling Green High School. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps and later joined the Army ROTC. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Doc joined the Leipsic Veterinary Service in 1950, and he retired 16 years later. In 1956, he began a poultry practice and later traveled worldwide as an expert poultry consultant. He was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, serving as a deacon under all seven pastors. He taught young married adults Sunday school classes and was chairman of seven building programs within the church. Memorials may be made to Heritage Christian School in his honor.

Dr. Buell Lyman Bassette (DVM, 1961)

He was born September 29, 1930, son of John and Ina Atwood Bassette of Watertown, Connecticut. He spent his youth in Mt. Hermon and graduated from Turners Falls High School, and Mt. Hermon School. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University in 1961. Dr. Bassette served in the U.S. Army in Guam and Japan during the Korean War. He owned and operated the Boxford Animal Clinic in Boxford for 32 years before retiring to Florida. He loved his family, his clients and their pets, the outdoors, fishing trips, his camp in Maine, birding and nature photography. Mr. Bassette was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jean Meehl of Lynnfield. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly; his son, Ross; his daughter, Carol Schmidt and son-in-law, Whitney Schmidt of Tampa, Fla.; and his brother, John of Cornish Flat, N.H. Memorials may be made be sent to Lifepath Hospice of Sun City Center, 1647 Sun City Center Plaza, Sun City Center, FL 33573 or to Mt. Hermon School, 1 Lamplighter Way, Mount Hermon, MA 01354.

Albert W. Franzmann (DVM, 1954)

Albert Wilhelm (Al) Franzmann, age 78, of Soldotna, Alaska, died on February 13, 2009. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of William and Louise (Schlichter) Franzmann who both preceded him in death. Al graduated in 1948 from Ross Township high school in Butler County, Ohio and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1954. He served for two years as Captain in the United States Air Force Veterinary Corps. He then operated veterinary practices in Ohio from 1956 until 1968 when he entered the University of Idaho. In 1971, he graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Forestry Science based on his research on Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep physiology. In 1972, the Franzmann family moved to Soldotna, Alaska, where he became a research biologist with the Alaska department of Fish and Game and director of the Moose Research Center. His research produced over 250 publications.

Dr. Franzmann was active in professional wildlife organizations such as the Wildlife Society (Certified Wildlife Biologist); Wildlife Disease Association (Council and Emeritus Member); American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (Founder President, Council Member); World Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (Organizer): and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

Al received numerous awards including the Distinguished Moose Biologist award in 1987, the first Honorary Diplomate in the American College of Zoological Medicine in 1990, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997, and the Lifetime Conservation award by the Kenai Chapter of the Safari Club International. In 2001 Al became an Honor Roll member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He was recognized world-wide as pioneer in bridging the veterinary and wildlife professions and was inducted in 2004 into the University of Idaho Hall of Fame.

Upon Al's retirement in 1987, he pursued international wildlife veterinary consulting as a Director of the International Wildlife Veterinary Service, Inc. and worked on projects around the world. He compiled and edited the book, Ecology and Management of the North American Moose, published in 1998. Al's avocations included hunting, fishing, gardening, golf, travel and photography. He had over 100 photographs published and received several photographic awards. Al was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather who valued his family above all else. Al is survived by his wife of 55 years, Donna, his son Karl (Lisa) and their children Jessica Walsh (Brian) of Arizona, Jacob (Katherine) of Sterling, Alaska; and his daughter Louise Billaud (Jean-Paul) and their son Keran of Dublin, Virginia; his sister and brother preceded him in death.

The family will hold a private service at their convenience.

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