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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: July 2008

July 2008

Welcome to the July 2008 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

Register for Alumni Reunion Weekend Before August 15!

This year's reunion welcomes all alumni of the College of Veterinary Medicine and features the Classes of 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1998 and 2003. For the first time, alumni can register on line for Alumni Reunion Weekend by going to the OSU CVM Alumni homepage, and clicking on "register online." After August 15, a $20 late fee will be assessed. The complete schedule of events is available at the alumni web pages also. Highlights of Friday's activities include an outstanding continuing education course featuring many expert faculty at the college and a keynote speech by NASA astronaut, Dr. Rick Linnehan (DVM '85), who recently traveled to the International Space Station aboard STS-123. Our traditional dinner, class reunions, Alumni Society Annual Meeting and auction will be held that evening at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café. Saturday highlights include the Alumni Society Board Meeting, the Dean's "State of the College" address, the traditional tailgate and barbecue, and the Ohio State Buckeyes vs. the Ohio University Bobcats football game. Please consider sponsoring a student to attend the dinner on Friday or the tailgate on Saturday. The Ohio State Alumni Association also will be hosting events that you can participate in on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please plan to join your colleagues, classmates and College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students at this year's events.

Special Notice to the Class of 1978

Many of your classmates look forward to seeing you at this year's reunion! Dr. Maxey Wellman's spouse, Dr. Steve DiBartola, has offered to put together a 70s slide show and they need pictures. Do you have photos from your time at Ohio State? Please share them by scanning and emailing them to Dr. DiBartola at or mail them to Dr. Steve DiBartola, 125/127 VMAB, 1900 Coffey Rd., Columbus, OH 43210. Please write your name on the back of each of them so we can return them to you. And remember to register by August 15.

Welcoming New Faculty in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Dr. Joshua Daniels

Joshua Daniels, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor-Clinical, began his position in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences on Monday, July 28th. Dr. Daniels' area of interest and expertise includes clinical infectious disease and diagnostic microbiology. He will be managing the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory in the Veterinary Medical Center.

Dr. Ronaldo da Costa

Ronaldo da Costa, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Assistant Professor began his new faculty position in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences on Monday, July 28th. A DACVIM board-certified neurologist, Dr. da Costa will be working with other faculty in internal medicine, surgery, critical care and radiology to re-establish and develop a comparative neurology and neurosurgery program.

Dr. Luci T. Dimick

Dr. Dimick has accepted a position in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as an Assistant Professor-Clinical in Small Animal Community Practice, starting September 4. Dr. Dimick is a 1997 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Dimick has been working in small animal private practice since her graduation - first in the state of Washington from 1997-2002 and then in Columbus, Ohio since 2002. Dr. Dimick most recently has been working at both the Northwest Animal Hospital in Columbus and the Animal Hospital of Worthington. Dr. Dimick brings a wealth of private practice experience to the Veterinary Medical Center, including routine health and wellness and dentistry. She also has a special interest in canine and feline geriatric medicine. She enjoys teaching and looks forward to facilitating student learning. She is a member of the AVMA, OVMA, AAHA and the Columbus Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Bianca Hettlich

Bianca Hettlich, med vet, DAVCS, will be joining the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as an Assistant Professor in Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery on November 1, 2008. Dr. Hettlich is currently a member of the faculty at Texas A&M University. Her primary interests are orthopedic surgery, arthroscopic surgery and neurosurgery.

Continuing Education

Continuing educations classes are available through the College of Veterinary Medicine Continuing Education office. A complete list is available at the Continuing Education website. A few of the upcoming courses include:

  • Basic & Advanced Laser Surgery August 23-24 (7.5 credit hours per day)
  • Alumni Reunion Weekend Continuing Education Conference, September 5 (4 hours)
  • Royal Canin Symposium October 3-5 (3.75 hours Friday; 15 hours Sat. and Sun.)
  • Laparoscopic Surgery October 18-19 (12 hours)

Vet Med in the News

Ohio State Veterinarian Faces Similar Challenges at 2008 Olympics

Dr. Catherine Kohn, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, is part of a multinational team of veterinarians caring for horses competing at the 2008 Olympics during the three-day events.

More information

Upcoming Events

Alumni Reunion Weekend

Register today! After August 15, a $20 late fee will be assessed. Last day to register is August 29. Please direct questions to Dr. Michelle Harcha,, or 614-292-9296.

Alumni Updates

Dr. Fred Keller (DVM '62)

Dr. Fred Keller will be inducted into Ohio State's Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime ceremonies at the Sept. 5th football game. Dr. Keller was one of only six Ohio State student athletes to be named as an All-American in two different sports, lacrosse and soccer.

In Memoriam

Forrest E. Cole (DVM '52)

Forrest Cole was born Dec. 16, 1926, and lived until June 20, 2008. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944 to 1947. Upon returning from the Pacific, he completed Pre-Med at Otterbein College and received his DVM degree at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1952.

In 1972, Forrest moved to Colorado from Painesville, OH. Life interests included family, work, gardening, hiking, skiing and traveling. Forrest enjoyed living and made the most of every moment with an undeniable sense of humor and unforgettable presence. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Cole; children, Thomas (Donna) Cole (DVM '75), Vicki (Steve) Fox, Courtney Cole and Lauren Cole; grandchildren, Rebecca (Jon) Ahola, Daniel Cole, David Cole, Christina Cole, Michael Cole, Jamie Fox, Kyle Fox and Cody Fox; great-grandchildren, Alexia Ahola and Sana Ahola; and siblings, Clarence Cole (DVM '43), Agnes McNeely, Marlin Cole and Howard Cole. He was preceded in death by his sister, Miriam Scott. Donations may be made in his name to SPCA International, P.O. Box 1230, Washington, DC 20013.

Dr. Philemon J. "Phil" Dill (DVM '65)

Dr. Philemon J. "Phil" beloved husband of 48 years to Joyce S. Dill (nee Swartz) loving father of Jon C. (Nan) and David M. (Marieke) Dill, and Stephanie (Sean) Dill-Farrell, cherished grandfather of Jonah, Noah and Ethan Dill, Evan and Seth Farrell, dear son of Frances E. and the late Jean Dill, devoted brother of Jac T. (Cathy) Dill passed away in an accident on July 11, 2008 at the age of 67. Dr. Dill was a retired Anderson Twp. veterinarian, civic volunteer and great outdoorsman. Donations may be made in his name to Lighthouse Youth Services, 1501 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, 45206 or Heifer International

Dr. Mark E. Davenport (DVM '51)

Dr. Mark E. Davenport, 89, Venice, Fla., died March 19, 2008. He retired at the end of 1980 as director of veterinary research and development at G.D. Searle & Company, Des Plaines, Ill., after working there 15 years. Dr. Davenport came to Searle from Armour Pharmaceutical Company, Kankakee, Ill., where he had been director of veterinary research since graduation.

A charter member of what is now known as the American Association of Corporate and Public Practice Veterinarians, he was also a member of the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Davenport was a past president and secretary of the Chicago VMA.

He and his wife, Lavina (who survives him) attended 50 AVMA Annual Conventions from 1950 through 1999. She served as the liaison between the AVMA and its Auxiliary while serving as the Auxiliary's first executive secretary and then as a member of the AVMA staff.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 8:40am