Connect to Veterinary Medicine: February 2010

February 2010

Welcome to the February 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

"One Health" at the College of Veterinary Medicine

The concept of "One Health" allows us to address a triple threat to health in an integrated way. We recognize the importance of addressing issues in animal health, human health and environmental health and are expanding several programs to meet the challenges in all three areas. The One Health Initiative is a national effort that is bringing together "collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, plants and our environment." View a list of programs that explore One Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Participate in the college's 125th anniversary

We are interested in interviewing several of our alumni to hear your perspectives on how veterinary medicine has changed during your career. Melissa Weber, director of communications and marketing, will conduct the interviews over the phone (or in person) at your convenience, and will send you a list of suggested questions in advance. We are planning several activities and publications to document our first 125 years and want to include your opinions. Please contact Melissa at weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu or give her a call (614) 327-6024.

Continuing education adds new online courses in February

Three new classes are being added in February. Anesthetic Risk, featuring John A. E. Hubbel, DVM, MS, DACVA, Behavior Changes in the Aging Pet, featuring Meghan Herron, DVM, DACVB, and Vestibular Disease in Dogs and Cats, featuring Ronaldo da Costa, DMV, MSc, PhD, DACVIM. Anesthetic Risk will focus on the environmental factors that improve safety of anesthetic patients. Behavior Changes in the Aging Pet (beginning Feb. 17) will focus on addressing behavioral signs associated with sensory and cognitive decline in dogs and cats. Vestibular Disease in Dogs and Cats (beginning Feb. 24) will review the fundamentals of vestibular disease in dogs and cats presenting a variety of cases to illustrate the concepts discussed. More information is available online.

On-site continuing education available also

Upcoming conferences include Basic and Intermediate Ultrasound, Greyhound Health and Wellness Conference, and the Equine Lameness Conference. More information is available online.

Dean Lonnie King continues his bi-weekly updates

Dr. Lonnie King continues to provide the faculty and staff with bi-weekly updates of activities and initiatives. "Notes from the Dean's Office" are posted on the web page after they are sent to college personnel via email.

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 banquet and auctions at the newly opened Ohio Union. Watch for details coming soon.

Upcoming Events

Midwest Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception

The Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and the College of Veterinary Medicine will host an Alumni Reception at the Midwest Veterinary Conference. Please plan to join the dean and board members of the Alumni Society on Saturday, February 27, 2010 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, 350 N. High St., in the Delaware C and D Ballrooms.

Symposium to examine emerging MRSA threat

On Saturday, March 20, 2010 experts on infectious diseases and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in animals, will convene a day-long symposium to explore the human and animal health threats posed by this emerging health problem. The symposium is targeted to both human health professionals and animal health professionals. This "One Health, One Medicine" approach to studying these pathogens offers a broader understanding of the impact of the diseases in the human health setting as well as veterinary setting. Registration for the symposium is available at the College of Veterinary Medicine Office Continuing Education web site. Online registration requires establishing a log-in name and password. Cost for the full day meeting is $60 ($35 for students). Registration can also be mailed or faxed. A downloadable PDF of a brochure is available. For more information and links to both methods of registration, please visit the Office of Veterinary Continuing Education web site.

Alumni updates

Pennsylvania Veterinarian Named One of America's 'Best Vets'

Dr. Kristin Quisenberry has won the 'Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet' contest. According to nominator Kathleen Supan of Bridgeville, Pa., Dr. Quisenberry "is not just another veterinarian--she makes a difference in a pet owner's life." In recognition of Quisenberry's work, Supan submitted an essay to the third annual 'Thank Your Vet for a Healthy Pet' contest, and Quisenberry was chosen as the 2009 Northeast regional winner. The nationwide essay contest allows clients to honor outstanding veterinarians for their dedication to helping animals and strengthening the human-animal bond. "It is such an honor to have received this award," said Quisenberry. "I am fortunate to work in a society where pets are considered family members. As a veterinarian, I feel lucky that we are a key factor in not only treating the sick and injured but also in helping people understand and nurture their pets." Though Quisenberry has been a practicing veterinarian for only a few years, she always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. As a student, she was set to be a zoo veterinarian and was involved in a federal seizure of an illegal breeding operation of lions and tigers. She had the opportunity to raise two female lion cubs until they were old enough to be on their own at the zoo. "Every day I have memorable experiences working on challenging cases, meeting new people and helping pets and their families," said Quisenberry. "Nothing is more rewarding than that."

Nominations Open for 52nd Alumni Awards

Nominations are open for the 52nd Alumni Awards, which will be presented on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the new Ohio Union. Awards are presented in eight categories, including:

  • Alumni Medalist Award for national or international achievement
  • Josephine Sitterle Failer Award for volunteer service to students
  • Dan L. Heinlen Award for university advocacy
  • Professional Achievement Award for career achievement
  • Robert M. Duncan Alumni Citizenship Award for community service
  • William Oxley Thompson Award for early career achievement
  • Ralph Davenport Mershon Award for service to Ohio State
  • E. Gordon Gee Spirit of Ohio State Award

The award nomination period is open until March 31. For more information on the awards or to download a nomination form, visit the Association's Alumni Award home page. The Alumni Association's awards program celebrates more than 50 years of excellence by honoring alumni and others who have brought extraordinary credit to Ohio State.

In Memoriam

Don Smith, DVM 1960

Dr. Don "Doc" Smith, 78, of Zanesville, died January 20, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 6, 1931 in Zanesville, the son of the late Emmett J. Smith and Bonnie Williams Smith. He was a life-long resident of Zanesville. Dr. Smith graduated from Zanesville High School and was a two-time Ohio State graduate, receiving his DVM in 1960. He then opened his veterinary clinic in Zanesville, and practiced in the same location for 50 years. He was a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, NRA, Ducks Unlimited, Lafayette Honor Lodge # 726, and the American Quarter Horse Association. He raised quarter horses, which he enjoyed showing and racing. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping all of his life. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jackie Smith; seven children, Laura Stanford, Karen Smith, Mike (Carolyn) Smith, DVM (Ohio State, 1994), John (Bobbie) Smith, Bonnie Smith (Jeff Cooper), Mary Smith, DVM, and Beth (Matt) Stevens; ten grandchildren, Laurel Palmer, Rebeca Stanford, Robby Stanford, Emily Ellwood, Molly Ellwood, Eric Smith, Ed Smith, Eryn Smith, Hannah Cooper, and Gabriella Stevens; a sister, Alice Moody; a brother, Ralph (Diane) Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett & Bonnie Smith; a brother and best friend, Richard Smith; and a brother-in-law, Charles B. Moody. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NRA, Muskingum County Humane Society or the charity of the donor's choice.