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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: January/February 2008

January/February, 2008

Welcome to the January/February 2008 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University. f

News at the College

Client Newsletter Now Available

In order to better inform clients about activities in the Veterinary Medical Center, the College of Veterinary Medicine has distributed the first newsletter to 12,000 clients. Hard copies of "Veterinary Medical Center News" will be distributed at the Midwest Veterinary Conference at the College of Veterinary Medicine booth in the exhibit hall and can be found in pdf format on the college Web site.

Read the Winter 2008 medical center newsletter.

A Gift for the Cat Lovers in Your Life

Looking for a unique Valentine's Day gift? Check out the DVD "Keeping Indoor Cats Healthy," featuring Dr. Tony Buffington, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. This 60-minute program was recorded at WOSU studios at COSI and broadcast on WOSU-TV. In his presentation, Dr. Buffington presents tips and techniques for preventing common stress-related health problems in indoor cats. DVDs are $15 for one copy and $10 for each additional copy. To order your copy visit the Indoor Cat Initiative Website and click on the "Keeping Indoor cats Healthy" link to download the order form. Return the form with a check to the address on the form. DVDs will also be available at the Midwest Veterinary Conference.

Are You Interested in Becoming Involved in the College?

The Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society needs your help. Please consider joining a committee or serving on the Board of Trustees. Contact Dr. Michelle Harcha, at if interested.

Continuing Education Calendar

Remember to check the CE calendar for updates.

Some upcoming sessions of interest:

  • March 1-2 Laser Surgery
  • March 18 Small Animal CE Series: Gastroenterology
  • March 18-22 International Camelid Health
  • April 5-6 AKC Foundation: Canine Reproduction and Health
  • April 15 Small Animal CE Series: Anesthesia
  • April 18-19 Total Hip Replacement

Alumni Updates

Dr. Susan Orosz Awarded the Dr. TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award

Dr. Susan Orosz was awarded the prestigious Dr. TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner Award for 2007 at the Association of Avian Veterinarian's Annual Conference and Expo in Providence, Rhode Island, held in August. The award honors an avian veterinary practitioner in private practice who advances and provides innovation in avian medicine and surgery while providing compassion and inspiration to those around them. The award was presented by Dr. Ted Lafeber, President of the Lafeber Company, an avian nutrition company based in Cornell, Illinois, in memory of his father, Dr. TJ Lafeber, the company's founder.

Dr. Orosz is past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and is board-certified in avian medicine (Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners-Avian Practice and Diplomate of the European College of Avian Medicine and Surgery). An active speaker at international and national conferences, she has also written over 35 refereed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and two books.

"I believe that I have dedicated my life to enhance the lives of birds and I hope the research that I have done reflects my desire to improve the health of birds," said Dr. Orosz in her letter to the Lafeber Award Committee.

Dr. Rick Linnehan Scheduled to Return to Space

Dr. Rick Linnehan, (DVM '85) will be making his fourth space flight as a mission specialist for NASA on March 11, at 2:31 a.m. Dr. Linnehan was selected by NASA in 1992, and has since logged over 43 days in space. The Flight will deliver both the first component of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo and the new Canadian Dextre robotics system to the International Space Station.

In Memorium

William Andberg (DVM '39)

Dr. William Gust Andberg, 96, died Dec. 11, 2007. He was born in St. George, Maine, raised in West Concord, N.H., earned a BS degree at the University of New Hampshire, a DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1939 and a master's degree in 1944 from the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine. After one year as the New Jersey state veterinary pathologist, he established a general veterinary medical practice in Anoka County, Minnesota, treating both large and small animals, from which he retired in 2000 at the age of 88. A notable athlete, he was a national bowling champion, the holder of 30 national and world masters running records, he was inducted into three halls of fame, ran 35 marathons and originated the Anoka Halloween Gray Ghost 5K race in the 1970s. He is survived by his children, Paul (Diane) Andberg of Claremont, Fla.; Chris (Gary) Gorham of Blaine, Wendy Andberg (Michael Pileggi) of Ham Lake, Julie Andberg of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Brent (Heather) Andberg, Rebecca (Robert) Turner, Lisa (Guy) DuFault, Mike (Jill) Gorham, Brie and Brenna Pileggi, Annika Grahn; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Moulton Andberg; parents, Helmi and Gust; and brothers, Eric and Harry.

Dean Scott Hall Baker (DVM '54)

Dean Scott Hall Baker, of Upper Arlington passed away on Jan. 8 after a brief illness. Dr. Baker was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Columbus. He graduated from Cadiz High School in 1946 and attended Denison University. Dean graduated from the accelerated six-year program for veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University in 1954. He married Patricia Mowery Baker on Sept. 5, 1954, and began his tour of duty in France as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He later established veterinary practices in Bellevue, Linworth, Granville, and Upper Arlington, retiring in 1994. Dean was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Alpha Psi Veterinary Fraternity, AVMA, OVMA, Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine and a founding member of the Columbus Veterinary Emergency Services. He was a board member of the First National Bank of Jewett, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Harrison County Historical Society, and he and his family founded the Baker Institute for Historical Studies. He was an avid Ohio State fan and enjoyed travel.

Preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, he is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Jane Baker, of Upper Arlington; son, Robert Dean Baker, of Powell; granddaughters, Amanda Lee Baker, of Indianapolis, Lindsey Cecil Baker, of Dublin, Ohio, and Chelsea Pierce Baker, of Dublin; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, G. Robert and Alicia Myers, of Steubenville and Palm City, Fla., and George "Bud" Sherman and Barbara Mowery, of Lancaster; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Judith Szczurek Bourne (DVM '76)

Judith "Judy" Bourne, DVM, age 56, died December 31, 2007. She was born July 5, 1951, in Southington, Ohio and graduated valedictorian from Chalker High School in 1969. She was the owner of the German Village Veterinarian Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for the last 10 years and was affectionately known by her clients as "Dr. Judy." She was an avid gardener and photographer. Judy was an active member of the Grove City High School Band Boosters and she enjoyed the music and traveling with her son and the band on their many trips. Judy and James, her husband of 28 years, were Ohio State Football season ticket holders and were enthusiastic tailgaters for home games. Judy was very generous with her time and her talents in all aspects of her life. She is survived by her loving husband,Jim; son, John Patrick; sisters, Mary Kathryn (Mark) Pawcio, Patricia (Bud) Szczurek-Manos, Elizabeth (Randel) Raub; brothers, Michael (Carol) Szczurek, Richard Szczurek, David (Lenett) Szczurek; parents, Joseph and Beulah Szczurek; in-laws, James M and Ruth E. Bourne; sister-in-law, Jacqueline (David) Praeter; brother-in-law, Jeffrey Bourne; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Charles W. "Doc" Fox (DVM '39)

On December 31st, 2007 Charles W. "Doc" Fox passed away while taking his routine nap after a day of work at the Fox Veterinary Hospital in Elyria, Ohio. Charles was 90 years old this year. He devoted his entire life to the veterinary profession. He moved to Elyria and started his practice in 1941. In 1951 he built what was then a state of the art practice that was ages ahead of his time. He rarely missed a day of work unless he was rock hunting with his wife Doris "Dee Dee" around the world. She was also an Ohio State alumnus with a degree in nursing. They met in a cafeteria on campus where he was working as a waiter. In 2005 he contributed $25,000 for a veterinary student annual scholarship and in 2006 he donated in excess of $176,000 to be used for a teaching excellence award for the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. He worked at Fox Veterinary Hospital Inc. every day of his life, including his last.

Donald D. Mickey (DVM '59)

Donald D. Mickey, age 81, of Reynoldsburg, passed away February 1, 2008. He was a WWII USMC Veteran, graduate of The Ohio State University College of Agriculture in 1950, and College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a member of the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church for 40 years, member of two professional fraternities: Alpha Gamma Sigma and Alpha Psi. He practiced large and small animal veterinary medicine in the central Ohio area for 45 years. He was an avid Buckeye fan, and enjoyed fishing, boating, bowling and gardening. Survived by his wife of 48 years Ruth Mickey; sons Stuart (Cindy) and Clark (Ruth Ann) Mickey; daughter Cheryl (C. Patrick) Zollars; grandchildren Brittany Mickey, Austin, Dalton, and Charlette Mickey, Tim Dean, Allyson and Sam Zollars; sister Lois (Raymond) Williamson; sister-in-law and her husband Shirley and Gerry Sayles; and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Richard Lowry Overpeck (DVM '54)

Dr. Richard Lowry Overpeck, 85, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, died December 14, 2007 at Tompkins Memorial Health Center. Dr. Overpeck, the son of Luther and Irene Lowry Overpeck, was born on January 7, 1922 in Rockville, Indiana. He graduated from Rockville High School in 1939. Following graduation from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree, he served in United States Navy during World War II at a bacterial warfare research unit at Berkeley, California. After his discharge he was a staff bacteriologist at the Naval Research Unit, University of California. He married Karnelia M. Gist in Berkeley in 1948. After earning his DVM from Ohio State in 1954, Dr. Overpeck was employed as Director of Quality Control, Fort Dodge Animal Health Laboratories, until his retirement in 1999. His wife Karnelia "Kitty" Overpeck preceded him in death on April 2, 2006.

Vet Med in the News

Bergdall Appointed ULAR Director and University Veterinarian

Dr. Valerie Bergdall has been named director of University Laboratory Animal Resources, following an extensive national search that brought forward several exceptional candidates. Bergdall has served as interim ULAR director since December 2006, during which time she reorganized the ULAR staff and space, and revised the unit's operational accounting and fiscal management, working in each case to more effectively integrate ULAR into larger Office of Research procedures, systems and databases. Under her new appointment, Bergdall will formally serve as University Veterinarian, and also continue in her appointment as a Clinical Professor within the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Read more.

Ohio State Research of Animal Tumors May Benefit Humans

The Ohio State University Medical Center recently reported on the Tissue Bank here in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Laura Rush, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was interviewed.

Read the article.

The Rescued Come to the Rescue of Others
Adopted Greyhounds' Blood Donations Give Other Dogs a Chance

Recently, the AP Newswire interviewed Dr. Guillermo Couto about the blood bank in the Veterinary Medical Center. The story was picked up by several newspapers and news channels including the Chicago Tribune, the Akron Beacon Journal, Fox News, the Philadelphia Inquirer and CNN.

Equine E-News Featuring the College of Veterinary Medicine is Now Online!

The Winter 2008 Equine E-News, a publication of the equine section in the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Food Agricultural and Environmental Sciences featured the recent story about our participation in the International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot.

Read the story.

Pathology Program Featured in Journal

The December issue of the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education featured a story regarding the outstanding and nationally recognized pathology and clinical pathology training program in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. The full citation is: Lairmore M, Oglesbee M, Weisbrode S, Wellman M, Rosol T, and Stromberg P. "Developing and Fostering a Dynamic Program for Training in Veterinary Pathology and Clinical Pathology: Veterinary Students to Post-Graduate Education." J. Vet. Med. Educ. 34(4): 464-472, 2007.

View the Journal.

Your Whole Pet: Winning Strategies for Feline Weight Loss

A story about obesity in cats featured in the San Francisco Chronicle on January 22, 2008 included a mention of "the Web site of Ohio State University's Indoor Cat Initiative."

Read the story.

Upcoming Events

Join the College and Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society for the Following Alumni Receptions!

  • Western Veterinary Conference, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV, Monday, February 18, Mandalay Bay Convention Center North, Level 3, South Seas C, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sponsored in part by Merial.
  • Midwest Veterinary Conference, Hyatt Regency, Columbus, OH, Saturday, February 23, McKinley Room, 6-7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health. More information about the conference.

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