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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: January 2009

January 2009

Welcome to the January 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

Welcome new faculty in Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Dr. Sarah A. Moore will be joining Dr. Ronaldo da Costa as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Neurology and Neurosurgery Service in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Sarah's clinical interests include medical neurology, neurosurgery and neuroimaging. She will begin by September 1, 2009.

Dr. Moore received her veterinary degree from Auburn University, completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Missouri – Columbia, and is currently in her third year of a Neurology and Neurosurgery Residency at North Carolina State University, which she will complete in July 2009.

Dr. Moore's research interests include magnetic resonance imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance angiography and dynamic contrast enhanced imaging, as well as characterization of immunologic mechanisms and development of novel therapies for inflammatory brain disease in the dog. During her first two years, she will be dual appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor and Research Scientist with commitment to clinical service, didactic and laboratory teaching, and gaining intensive research experience in a focus area(s) of neuroimmunology and/or neuroimaging.

Update on the search for new Dean

The search committee met on January 8 to begin reviewing the credentials of applicants and nominees for the position of Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. The committee met again on January 21 to select candidates who will be invited to a preliminary interview at the end of January. The committee will provide an update again when they have further information. Official memos from the committee are posted on the dean search web pages: (accessible from under "News").

New Fellows in the American Academy of Microbiology

Drs. Yasuko Rikihisa and Patrick Green, both professors in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences have been elected as Fellows in the American Academy of Microbiology, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the world's oldest and largest life science organization. The mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public. Each elected Fellow has built an exemplary career in basic and applied research, teaching, clinical and public health, industry or government service. Drs. Green and Rikihisa will be honored at the Academy Fellows Luncheon and Meeting at the 109th ASM General Meeting in Philadelphia on May 20, 2009.

Dr. Tony Buffington receives Lifetime Achievement Award

If you attended the North American Veterinary Conference, you got to see the presentation of the Morris Animal Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Tony Buffington, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. The presentation featured a video shot here at the college. Sponsored by Hill's, the award includes a $20,000 donation to MAF by Hill's. The complete news release, more information on the award and MAF, plus a link to the video can be found at:

Drs. Allen and Dyce perform first total knee replacement

In December, 2008, the first total knee replacement was performed at Ohio State by Dr. Matthew Allen, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Dr. Jon Dyce, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, on a mixed-breed dog named Argus. This surgery was the first in the world to utilize the Stryker Surgical Navigation system in a canine patient.

Read more about the procedure

A feature story about the procedure was featured in the Columbus Dispatch on Saturday, January 24.

Veterinary Public Health Program now accepting applications

The College of Veterinary Medicine together with the College of Public Health at Ohio State offer the country's only Master of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health degree. With the realization that nearly 60 percent of emerging diseases are likely to be zoonotic, the MPH-VPH specialization was developed to prepare public health professionals to better protect the communities they serve. In addition to specialized instruction in the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, students in the program receive training in food safety, biosecurity, and environmental health. Applications are currently being accepted for the autumn quarter 2009 class. The deadline for completed applications is May 30th. For more information about the program or the application process, visit the Veterinary Public Health Program web site or contact the VPH Coordinator, Dr. Armando E. Hoet, with our online e-mail form.

Two positions open in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences:

Veterinary Anatomic Pathology: Comparative and Experimental Pathobiology

The Department of Veterinary Biosciences is offering two faculty positions at the assistant, associate, or full professor level to address the teaching, research, and service needs of the college and The Ohio State University.

The first position is in the comparative pathobiology of research animal models. We seek a tenure-track or clinical track faculty person with a strong mouse pathobiology background and expertise in the pathobiology of laboratory animals including genetically modified mice. The second position is in experimental pathobiology. We seek a tenure-track faculty person with expertise in biomedical research. The successful candidate must possess a PhD and will be expected to develop an extramurally funded research program. Full descriptions of each position and application information is available at

Applicants should include a curriculum vitae, statement of career goals, and the names (with complete mailing, phone, FAX, and E-mail address) of at least four individuals from whom letters of reference may be solicited. Academic rank and salary are negotiable. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Address all correspondence to Drs. Krista La Perle ( or Thomas Rosol (, Co-Chairs of the Search Committee, Department of Veterinary Biosciences, The Ohio State University, 1925 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH 43210.

Vet Med in the news

American soldier saves his Korean 'best friend"

"Scrappy," a stray dog adopted by a homesick American soldier who was stationed in Korea, is a recent beneficiary of the Veterinary Hospital’s orthopedic expertise. The story was featured last week on WBNS-TV, Channel 10.

Understanding antibiotics on the farm

Wooster Daily Record, January 27, 2009

A survey of Ohio dairy veterinarians found that about 42 percent of the veterinarians surveyed had not observed decreased effectiveness of antibiotics used to treat dairy cattle. But more than 50 percent agreed that the emergence of antibiotic resistance would have negative consequences on animal health. The authors, Jeff Le Jeune, Associate Professor, Extension-Food Safety, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and Terry Kline, Extension are researchers with the Food Animal Health Research Program at The Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster.

More from The Daily Record web site

Alumni updates

Alumni Association Awards for 2009

The Ohio State University Alumni Association is now accepting nominations for its 2009 Alumni Awards. To nominate an alumnus for an award, visit the Association Web site and click on the 2009 Nomination Form link located on the right side of the page. This form includes all details needed to nominate an alumnus. All nominations must be postmarked by March 31, 2009. The 2009 Alumni Awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25, at the Hyatt Regency, 350 N. High St., Columbus. The Alumni Association is a dues-supported organization of graduates, former students, and friends of the university with more than 125,000 members. For more than 125 years, the Alumni Association has been dedicated to connecting alumni, friends and students to enhance and strengthen the traditions and reputation of The Ohio State University.

Upcoming events

Alumni reception at the Western Veterinary Conference

Are you attending the Western Veterinary Conference? If so, please join the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society for a reception on Monday, February 16 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, South Seas C – Level 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Please let Katie Kostyo know by Monday, February 9 if you are attending, or 614-688-8433.

CT Open House

Everyone is welcome to attend an open house hosted by the Radiology Department Wednesday, February 25, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., starting in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium, to introduce the new Computed Tomography (CT) scanner. There will be a brief welcome by Interim Dean John A.E. Hubbell and a short presentation by Dr. Valerie Samii on the diagnostic opportunities afforded by CT imaging in veterinary patients. Refreshments and guided tours of the new CT scanner will follow. No RSVP is necessary; 

Alumni reception at the Midwest Veterinary Conference

Plan to attend the alumni reception at the Midwest Veterinary Conference on Saturday, February 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. currently scheduled in Delaware C and D, in the Hyatt Regency, Columbus. Please check the final program for potential room changes. The reception is being sponsored by Bayer Animal Health.

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.

In memoriam

George Thomas Bear, DVM '50

Dr. George Thomas Bear, 85, former resident of Columbus and a resident of Ashland, OH, died December 16, 2008. He owned and operated a veterinary clinic in Columbus, retiring and moving back to Ashland in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Lydia; and three daughters, Margaret (Larry) Kiefer of Marietta, GA, Alice (Otto) Kramer of Pickerington, and Barbara (Frank) Kocab of Columbus; one son, Fredrick of Brooklyn, N.Y.; six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter; one sister, Mary Ake of Akron. Memorials to a charity of the donor's choice.

Dr. Larry Eugene Dickey, DVM '68

Dr. Larry Eugene Dickey, a Toledo area veterinarian whose practice spanned forty years, died Wednesday, November 19, 2008. He was 64. Born in Licking County, OH, the son of Wayne and Jenny "Protea" Swartz Dickey, he was a graduate of Lakewood High School Class of 1961 and the Ohio State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1968. Following graduation and settling in Toledo, OH he worked for Graeber Animal Hospital until 1974 when he established the Laskey Road Animal Hospital located at Laskey and Jackman Roads. He was a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medicine Association. A proud father and loving grandfather, he is survived by his children, Leah Dickey, Deidre (Josh) Meyer, Emily (Pete) Curry, Lara Dickey, Seth Dickey, and Carrie Dickey; also grandchildren, Mason Dickey Ploszay and Reaghan Meyer.

William E. Iman, Jr., DVM '73

William E. Iman Jr., 68, of Oregon, Ohio passed away November 4, 2008, at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Iman was born to William and Clara (Bosley) Iman in Capon Bridge, West Virginia on July 20, 1940. He was a U. S. Marine Corp veteran and a life member and present commander of VFW Post # 9816. Dr. Iman graduated from Fort Ashby High School at the age of 16 and joined the Marine Corps. Bill was a loving and giving husband, father, "Papaw" and "Great-Papaw." He lived a fulfilling life raising three children, often working three jobs at a time while attending college. He worked at the Alleghany Ballistic Laboratory, X-raying parts for the Polaris Missile and also as an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance. In Morgantown, WV he started the first Parent Teacher Organization at his children's school and was Scout Master for his son's Cub Scout Pack. Bill graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 and was accepted into The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was the treasurer of the OTS professional fraternity and graduate from Ohio State in 1973. Upon graduation he moved his family north to the Toledo area, where he practiced Veterinary Medicine for 25 years, 18 of those in Oregon, Ohio at Iman Veterinary Hospital, now Maumee Bay Veterinary Hospital owned by his son-in-law, Dr. Kevin Soncrant. He was an active member of the WV Alumni Association and past-President of the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. He has been a long-standing member of the American, Ohio, and Toledo Veterinary Medical Associations. Other distinctions include: past-President of OTS Professional Veterinary Fraternity Alumni Association-Gamma Chapter, past-President of TVMA, Treasurer of the OVMA for 10 years, AVMA GHLIT Trustee for 12 years, and chairman for two years. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge and Oregon Senior Center. He worked with the USDA for 12 years as a veterinarian, retiring two and a half years ago. He loved to travel, fish, work in his yard and garden. He left his "legacy of love," inspiring us all with his strong belief in always helping anyone and everyone that needed help. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a great joy in his life. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Ella Mae; sister, Irene Riggleman; brother, Samuel (Frances) Iman, and sister, Dolores (Tim) McCormick; son, Steve E. (Adelita) Iman; daughters, Debra (Kevin) Soncrant, and Brenda (Lisa) Iman; grandchildren, Steve E. Iman II, Robert (Andrea) Iman, Heather (Jesse) Soncrant, Melissa (Steve) Soncrant, Eric (Jada) Clingo, and Thomas (Sara) Clingo; great-grandchildren, Kaedyn, Wilder, Lillian, Lucas and Cassady, and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bruce Edward Bosley. Contributions in Bill's memory may be made to the American Heart Association or Omega Tau Sigma Scholarship Fund.

John Bruce Wenger, DVM '50

Dr. John B. Wenger, 85, died peacefully on Thursday, November 13, 2008 in Austell, GA. Doctor Bruce, as he was affectionately known, was a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in agriculture. He also received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State in 1950. Prior to college, Bruce served his country proudly in World War II as a First Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corp. Bruce founded Beechwold Veterinary Hospital in 1952 and through his leadership, developed this hospital into a well known and respected, multi site practice in Columbus. He was very active in local, state and national veterinary organizations and was an ardent supporter of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State. He was also a long time member of the Northern Lions Club in Columbus and later in Aiken, SC. Throughout his career in Columbus, Bruce was involved in various civic and community organizations. He was preceded in death by his son Stephen D. Wenger and a grandson Todd Wenger. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gloria P. Wenger; daughter, Susan (Robert) Negri; and grandchildren, Melissa (Phillip) Shinall, Laura (David) Childers, Kevin (Christy) Wenger, Jay Bruce Wenger; and two great grandchildren, Kiley and Drake Wenger. He is also survived by a brother, Warren (Doris) Wenger; and a sister, Evalyn (George) Dexter. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send a contribution to Wellstar Community Hospice, 4040 Hospital West Drive, Austell, GA 30106 or the charity of your choice.

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