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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: July, 2007

July 2007

Welcome to the July 2007 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

You are invited to see the Space Shuttle Launch on February 14, 2008

Ohio State alumnus and NASA Astronaut Dr. Rick Linnehan ('85), is scheduled to return to space on February 14, 2008 as a crew member for space shuttle mission STS-123. The flight will deliver the first component of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo and the new Canadian Dextre robotics system to the International Space Station. Rick has invited Ohio State veterinary medicine alumni to go to Florida and view the launch in person. Friends and colleagues of Rick's can watch the launch from the causeway near Kennedy Space Center. There is a $15 charge per person for the bus ride from Kennedy to the causeway. Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in attending, please email Dr. Michelle Harcha at by August 31, 2007. The launch date may change and we will update you as changes occur. You can also check for updates on the NASA website, Dr. Linnehan flew on STS-78 in 1996 and STS-90 in 1998. During STS-109 in 2002, he performed three spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope. We hope that you and your family can attend the February 14 launch to witness Dr. Linnehan's fourth mission into space.

The Class of 2006 matches the generosity of 2007!

After reading about the $2007 gift from the Class of 2007, the Class of 2006 has stepped forward with a gift as well. Their amount? $2006! Their gift also goes to support the new small animal hospital, currently in the planning stages.

Laminitis webinar available

In May, presented the industry's first web-based live seminar "Understanding Laminitis," hosted from the Ohio State veterinary hospital, featuring two professors in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences: Dr. Rustin Moore, chair and Dr. Jim Belknap. All users now can access the on-demand laminitis webinar at The audio portion from the webinar is also available. In addition, Drs. Moore and Belknap will continue to respond to some of the 300 questions asked during the live webinar and those responses will be posted on the site in the coming weeks.

Celebrate with Dr. Charlie Neer

After more that 25 years of service to The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Charlie Neer will retire on August 31, 2007. Named Veterinarian of the Year for 2006 by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Neer is known for his tireless service to the college and the profession. A retirement celebration and reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, August 24 in the Hummel Grand Lounge in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Rd. Please plan to celebrate with Dr. Neer and colleagues in the college. RSVP by Friday, August 17 with your name and the name of any guests who will attend to If you are not able to attend and would like to send a note or letter, please contact Cindy Cheely at

Vet Med in the News

Study of Cancer in Dogs May Help Children

Cheryl London, associate professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences and a member of the Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics program in the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, was recently featured on a video news release distributed by the Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Ohio State Medical Center.

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Study links high cholesterol to disease susceptibility from tick bites

In a study recently published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, and her research group, were able to confirm what they had suspected: that A. phagocytophilum depends on its host's cholesterol stores for its survival.

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Congratulations to Dr. Val Samii

Dr. Val Samii, Associate Professor of Radiology in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, received the 2007 Mary Ann Williams Leadership Award from The Ohio State University Association of Faculty & Professional Women (AFPW). Dr. Samii was nominated for her efforts in leading the College's Quality of Life Committee and her contributions toward supporting women and work-life initiatives in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Samii was recognized during the AFPW end-of-year meeting and luncheon. The award was named for Mary Ann Williams, Ohio State faculty member who wrote a tribute to women's leadership in 1991, shortly before her death. This award recognizes a university woman who exhibits a special kind of leadership with a certificate and $500 honorarium.

Alumni Updates


2007 Bustad Award presented to Ohio practitioner

The AVMA recognized Dr. Samuel Costello, a 1992 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, with the 2007 Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian Award, presented at the AVMA national conference in mid-July. The Bustad Award was established through a cooperative arrangement between AVMA, Delta Society and Hill's Pet Nutrition. This distinguished honor recognizes Dr. Costello's outstanding dedication and community activities that protect and promote the special relationship that is the human-animal bond. Co-owner of the Town and Country Animal Hospital in Warren, Ohio, Dr. Costello is a veterinary advisor, board member, as well as an active member of the group K-9's for Compassion. And through his efforts, Dr. Costello has been able to convince the local human medical community that therapy dogs, such as his certified therapy dog, Bear, can truly enhance a patient's time in the hospital.

In Memoriam

Dr. Dale A. Graber ('51)

Dr. Dale Andrew Graber, 85, a veterinarian who in 1952 founded what is now Graber's Animal Hospital, died June 23, 2007, in the Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. He had been seriously ill for three months and died of complications from the bone marrow disease myelodysplasia, said his son, Dr. Steven Graber, who now co-owns the business with his sister, Dr. Cathy Graber. Dr. Graber was born in Canton and graduated in 1939 from Canton Township High School. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II. After the war, he attended Ohio State University for three years and was accepted into the school's college of veterinary medicine, from which he graduated in 1951. That same year, he married the former Iva Lou Lansdale, who died in 1992. He practiced large animal care in Lubbock, Texas, for a brief period before moving to West Toledo and taking a job in a downtown veterinary clinic. He founded Graber Animal Hospital in 1952, and moved it to its current site at 3311 W. Laskey Rd in 1983. He retired in the mid-1990s. Dr. Graber twice served as the president of the Toledo Veterinary Medical Association and was a past veterinarian for the Toledo Area Humane Society. Surviving are his sons, James and Dr. Steven Graber; daughters, Dr. Cathy Graber and Rebecca Tuckerman; brothers, Nelson, and Lester Graber; sisters, Viola Newell and LaDeane Lofgren, and six grandchildren. The family suggests tributes to the American Heart Association, Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine; Epworth United Methodist Church, or the Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Dr. John C. Wise ('51)

Dr. John C. Wise, DVM, 82, of Amsterdam, Ohio, died July 5, 2007 in a small plane crash, along with his wife, Joanne M. Stringer Wise. He was born May 8, 1925, in Steubenville, Ohio, a son of the late Daniel M. and Grace V. Ware Wise. Dr. Wise was a 1951 graduate of Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine and went on to start his own veterinary clinic known as Wintersville Veterinary Hospital. A WWII Marine veteran, he was a member of numerous aircraft associations as well as the Ohio State Alumni Association, the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and the American Polled Hereford Association. Surviving are two sons, John S. Wise of New Mexico, and Mark (Jeanette) Wise of Wintersville, Ohio; two brothers, Dale Wise of San Antonio, Texas, and Sheldon Wise of Columbus, Ohio; and two grandchildren, Ian and Geneva Wise.

Dr. Ronald Lee Janes ('57)

Dr. Ronald Lee Janes, DVM, 74, of Apex, North Carolina died June 16, 2007. Born in Morgan Country, Ohio, Dr. Janes graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1957. He practiced in Athens, Carrolton and Hartville, Ohio and was employed with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service in Kingstree, South Carolina. He was a member of the Church of Christ and had been an active leader all his adult life. Dr. Janes is survived by his wife Roasalee Thompson Janes, with whom he shared 51 years of marriage, three sons: Brent (Robyn) of Uniontown, Ohio; Kevin of Ft. Worth, TX; and Brian (Beth) of Cary, NC; one daughter, Sheryl Janes, Luther, Oklahoma; a sister, Joyce Davis (Dr. Galen Davis) of Columbus; six grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Valley University, the Leukemia Foundation, Honduras Mission through the Raleigh Church of Christ or to a charity of your choice.

Dr. James E. Edwards ('65)

Dr. James E. Edwards, DVM., 69, of Worthington, Ohio, died July 16, 2007, at Grant Medical Center. Born and raised in Columbus, he graduated from West High School and attended The Ohio State University where he obtained his B.S., Diary Science ('60) and his D.V.M ('65). He devoted his life to his family, veterinary medicine, architectural design, and the community. He founded Linworth Animal Hospital in 1968. Through his career he designed over 60 veterinary hospitals across the country. He was involved in numerous community organizations including: Capital Area Humane Society, City of Worthington (Architectural Review Board, Board of Zoning Appeals, Municipal Planning Commission), Columbus Downtown Rotary. He was proud member of AAHA, AVMA, OVMA, Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine, and Omega Tau Sigma. He received the Alumni Recognition Award from College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. Survived by wife, Diane; children, Amy (Ryan) Clark, Beth, Carla Copper; grandchildren, Olive, Izzy and Eli; brother, John (Barb) Edwards; sister, Judith Edwards; and the family pets.

Reunion Weekend Update, September 6-9, 2007

Registration materials are being mailed on July 31, 2007. Please contact Dr. Michelle Harcha with questions: or 614-292-9296

Thursday, September 6, 12:30 – 7 p.m.
Continuing Education, plus a wine, cheese and chocolate tasting

Concurrent presentations will cover emerging topics in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Animal Medicine and Surgery, and Equine Medicine and Surgery, featuring faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine, plus a keynote presentation by Dr. Ron Lyman (DVM '77), "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Veterinary Medicine." 4 CE hours, $50

Dr. Michael Rings to receive the John Lyman Teaching Award

The John Lyman Jr. Award for Clinical Teaching Excellence will be presented to Dr. Michael Rings, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences during the program at the Alumni Reunion Dinner and Auction at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe on Friday, September 7. Established in 2004 by Dr. Ron Lyman ('77) to honor his father, the Lyman Award is given annually in recognition of sustained excellence in providing a student-centered environment for clinical education, exemplifying compassion, innovation, enthusiasm, and ethics in veterinary medicine. Faculty members who are eligible for this award are those who are part of the teaching teams for the courses in the fourth year of the curriculum and who take part in the student evaluation of teaching. The award is traditionally voted on by the Senior Class at Oath and Hooding on a ballot composed of the top five teachers according to the evaluations.

Annual Alumni Auction - September 7 at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe

The auction brochure is now available online. If you see an item you're interested in, and are unable to attend the auction, you are welcome to submit a silent bid by filling out the form and sending it to Dr. Michelle Harcha at, or College of Veterinary Medicine, Alumni Services, 127E VMAB, 1900 Coffey Rd. Columbus, OH 43210, before August 31.

We need additional auction items!

Items can be brought to the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe on the day of the auction. Please send us a description and photo so we can add your item to the Web site. Please let us know by August 31 so that table space for your item may be reserved at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe. An auction donation form is available online or you can email Dr. Michelle Harcha at Proceeds from the auction fund the veterinary student scholarship endowment fund and for projects to aid the college. Thanks in advance for your support of the auction.

Upcoming Events

Antimicrobial Resistance Conference, August 27, 2007

Organized by the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine at Ohio State, a one day conference, Antimicrobial Resistance: Interface in Human and Animal Health, is planned for Monday, August 27. You can receive seven hours of CE credit for attending. The goals of this conference include: raising awareness of antimicrobial resistance in human and veterinary medicine; disseminating scientific information that enables understanding the scientific basis of resistance; discussing the various host, pathogen and environmental factors that play a role; examining the current trends and potential control measures; and developing priorities for research. Details of the conference agenda, venue and registration information can be found at: Since space is limited, we recommend that you register before August 20th.

WAG! Saturday, August 25

Join faculty and staff from the College of Veterinary Medicine at WAG!, the first-ever dog-friendly festival being held at the Prairie Oaks Metro Park, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., featuring dog-friendly walking paths and a pond for swimming plus exhibits, raffles, give-aways and fun.

Wexner offers William Wegman exhibit: Funney/Strange

More than 200 artworks by famed artist and "inveterate jokester" William Wegman will be on display in the Wexner Center for the Arts Galleries from September 20 through December 30. This comprehensive 40-year retrospective of Wegman's wryly funny work showcases his photography, painting, collage, and video from the 1960s to the present, including his photographic collaborations with his well known Weimaraners. Several events will also feature collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine, including the October 7 "Vets 4 Pets" 5K run/walk hosted by the Class of 2009, and a special alumni-only evening reception, TBA.

More about Funney/Strange

Why We Like Dogs (and They Like Us), November 1, 4:30 p.m.
Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Presented as part of the Funney/Strange exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Dr. James Serpell, a leading expert in the study of human-animal interactions, will discuss the mutually beneficial relationships between owners and their dogs in relation to Wegman's exhibit. His talk is presented in special collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine. Serpell is Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, and Director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals & Society at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. He is the author of many influential books and articles, including In the Company of Animals and The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour and Interactions with People.

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