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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: January 2010

January 2010

Welcome to the January 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

Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences celebrates 40 years

This year, the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine celebrates its 40th anniversary, as the college recognizes its 125th anniversary. The department was founded in 1970 when the Departments of Veterinary Clinics, Veterinary Medicine, and Veterinary Surgery and Radiology merged. To honor this anniversary, we are capturing the rich history and tradition of the department and the many achievements and meaningful contributions made by our faculty, staff and students during our first 40 years. We are hopeful these recognitions sufficiently convey our gratitude to the founding faculty members for creating a place where great things happened in the field of veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University and to the many faculty, staff and students that collectively helped to advance clinical veterinary medicine and the profession. Read more about the accomplishments of our legendary leaders, faculty, staff and students. Weekly updates throughout 2010 will demonstrate Ohio State's contributions to the advancement 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 or give her a call (614) 327-6024.

Continuing education adds new on-line courses in January

Beginning January 20, two new classes will be available. The Indoor Cat Initiative, featuring Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, PhD, and Feline Cardiomyopathy, featuring Karsten Schober, DVM, Dr med vet, PhD, DECVIM-CA. The Indoor Cat Initiative (ICI) offers an understanding of how cats learn from interactions with their environments. A variety of components of the "cat resource checklist" will be presented, followed by a discussion of how to help your clients determine which enrichment(s) to choose, how to implement them, and how you can support clients through the change process. Feline Cardiomyopathy will explore basic principles and controversies with regard to pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of feline cardiomyopathy as well as recently obtained evidence from pilot or controlled clinical trials with regard to the use of pimobendan, ACE inhibitors, spironolactone, bradycardic agents, and platelet inhibitors in cats with heart muscle disease.

On-site continuing education available also

  • January 16 – Physical Rehabilitation Conference: The lectures and laboratories of this one-day course will provide knowledge and hands-on experience with the science and practice of veterinary physical rehabilitation. The course includes lectures on effective techniques and modalities for musculoskeletal issues. More information.
  • January 19 – Small Animal CE Series: Take 2 BID - Enhancing Adherence: In this two hour evening course, attendees will be given strategies to better communicate and engage clients to improve adherence to recommendations given by their veterinarian. More information.
  • February 6-7 – Equine Reproduction Conference: Current Topics on Broodmare Management: This course is designed to present veterinarians with current techniques and therapies used to optimize fertility potential of mares. The course includes 11 hours of classroom instruction and also offers a 3-hour wet lab on breeding soundness examinations of the mare. More information.

Dean Lonnie King continues his bi-weekly updates

Dr. Lonnie King has completed his first quarter as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He 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.

Upcoming Events

Alumni Receptions

Each year, the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and the College of Veterinary Medicine jointly sponsor alumni receptions at major veterinary conferences across the country. You and your guests are cordially invited to attend these events. Please RSVP as indicated.

North American Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception

If you are attending the North American Veterinary Conference, please plan to join Dean Lonnie J. King and Alumni Society Board President Dr. Dave Kraushar at the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Reception on Sunday, January 17, at the Marriott World Center Crystal Ballroom M, from 7 to 9 p.m. Please RSVP by Sunday, January 10 to or call 614-292-9296. 

Western Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception

You and your guest are cordially invited to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Reception at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas on Monday, February 15, 2010 from 7:30-9:30 in Palm B on Level 3. Please RSVP by Monday, February 8 to or call 614-292-9296.

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. On-line 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

Florida Practitioner John Mitchell to be installed as AAEP Vice President

Lexington, Ky. – John S. Mitchell (DVM 1972) a Standardbred racetrack practitioner in Pompano Beach, Fla., joined the AAEP Executive Committee as 2010 AAEP vice president at the 55th Annual Convention in Las Vegas. With this appointment, he will serve as AAEP president in 2012. After retiring from private practice in 1995, Dr. Mitchell returned to the profession as a part time racetrack practitioner at Pompano Park Race Track in 2002. He specializes in performance exams, diagnostic procedures and the economic investments of clients. He was the owner of Equine Associates in Boca Raton, Fla., from 1975 to 1995. An AAEP member since 1972, Dr. Mitchell has served on the Educational Programs, Racing, Practice Management and Foundation Advisory committees. He served as AAEP treasurer from 2002-2005. Dr. Mitchell has written several articles and made presentations on financial planning and practice management. He has been instrumental in development of programs for the annual AAEP Practice Management Seminars and co-chaired the seminar in 2002. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. A native of Cadiz, Ohio, Dr. Mitchell gained an interest in veterinary medicine growing up next door to a small-town veterinarian. At age 3, he started riding with the veterinarian on farm calls. His father, a banker, and another childhood mentor, an investment lawyer, sparked his interest in finances. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972, Dr. Mitchell completed an internship at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mitchell has two sons, Kyle and Todd, and welcomed a grandson in 2009. Dr. Mitchell and his wife Melodie enjoy family, traveling and photography. Dr. Mitchell also spends his leisure time fishing.

In Memoriam

Jessie Amelia (Pettigrew) Bohl, DVM 1944

Jessie Amelia (Pettigrew) Bohl, 92, of Wooster, died December 20, 2009. She was born May 16, 1917, in Corning, to Hugh H. and Jessie C. (Muircroft) Pettigrew, who were both born in Scotland. She graduated from Corning High School in 1935 and Grant Hospital School of Nursing in 1938. She worked as a registered nurse at Grant Hospital in Columbus, and married Edward H. Bohl (DVM 1944, MS 1948, PhD 1952) in 1947. They lived in Columbus until 1963, when they moved to Wooster. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Wooster, Mothers Club, Salvation Army Auxiliary and Viola Thorne Club. She was a nurse, homemaker and loving wife. She enjoyed her friends at Ohio State University and OARDC. Surviving in addition to her husband of Wooster, are children, Phillip (Theresa) Bohl of Canton, Mich., Eric (DVM 1975) (Karen) Bohl of New Richmond, Wis., and David Bohl of Woodbridge, Va.; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Nancy (Matthew Bormann), Katie (Jeff Osterhaus), Charlie (Maria Nitz), Eddie and Kristine.

Harry G. Geyer, DVM 1936

Dr. Harry G. Geyer, 97, of Hamilton, Virginia, died suddenly on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at Morningside House in Leesburg. Dr. Geyer was born March 16, 1912 in Grove City, OH to the late Veit and Mary Ranke Geyer. His wife, Helen Louise Davis Geyer, and his three brothers preceded him in death. Dr. Geyer graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1936 and has remained a devout member of the Buckeyes Alumni Family. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII until retiring in 1955 as Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Geyer was the State Veterinarian for Ohio following his military career. He worked with the Food & Drug Administration before retiring from the Department of Agriculture in 1975. Dr. Geyer was a long time resident of Fairfax, Virginia before moving to Hamilton in 1997. He is a member of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church in Purcellville, VA. Dr. Geyer is survived by his five children, Richard Geyer (Mary Ellen) of Grove City, OH, Ann Maselli (Bill) of Westerville, OH, Pam Barber of Elizabeth City, NC, Patrick Geyer (Kim) of Dublin, OH and Mike Geyer (Patti) of Hamilton, VA; seven grandchildren, Tom Geyer, Elizabeth Ozuglu, Karen Givens, David Barber, Todd Maselli, Casey Geyer and Tony Saporito; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church.

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