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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: July 2009

July 2009

Welcome to the July 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

Dr. Lonnie King (DVM '70) named dean at the College of Veterinary Medicine

Lonnie King, a national leader in veterinary medicine, has been named dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. King currently serves as a director of the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases. Subject to approval by the university Board of Trustees, his appointment will be effective September 1.

Details of Dr. King's background.

President E. Gordon Gee Visits Marysville

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee visited the College of Veterinary Medicine's Large Animal Services in Marysville July 16.

More information, including photos, of Dr. Gee's visit.

Drs. Matthew Allen, associate professor of Orthopedic Surgery, and Jennifer Au, assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery, recently traveled to the University de la Salle in Bogota, Columbia to share their knowledge with nearly 100 veterinarians and veterinary students. Dr. Allen presented lectures on total knee and total elbow replacements and Dr. Au lectured on topics including difficult fracture management and minimally invasive percutaneous osteosyntheses, in the university’s first Congress in Canine Orthopedics.

Read more about the trip.

Veterinary Student Wins Award at Morris Animal Foundation Meeting

Aimee Jalkanen, DVM Class of 2010, won second place in the poster competition at the Morris Animal Foundation Annual Meeting. Jalkanen was awarded a scholarship from MAF last summer and her poster presented the research she completed, "MicroRNA Profiling of Canine Osteoblasts and Osteosarcoma Cells."

Find out more about Aimee's award

Veterinary Student Wins Award for Innovations in Public Health

Amy Morris, DVM Class of 2010, was awarded the third-place prize in the 2009 Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. Innovations in Public Health award. This award is designed to stimulate interest in veterinary public health, encourage creative thinking, and develop creative writing skills among veterinary students. Morris developed the idea to use clicker training and positive reinforcement to teach dogs to demonstrate 12 safety commands to young children.

Find out more about Amy's award.

Vet Med in the news

Service dog eye exam day

The veterinary ophthalmologists offered free eye exams for service dogs in May. The Ohio State University web page now features a slide show about the event.

The Dollars and Cents of Treating Cats and Dogs

Washington Post July 19, 2009

This story features college alumnus Dr. Bud Siemering (DVM '69) and his practice, SouthPaws Veterinary Hospital.

Read the full story.

Steve Dale: Hope for Dogs and Children with Cancer

Orlando Sentinel July 21, 2009

Steve Dale presents an overview of topics covered at the recent American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum and Canadian Veterinary Association Convention including a talk by Dr. Tony Buffington, professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, was a featured speaker at the convention where he discussed feline interstitial cystitis.

Read the full story.

Dr. Josh Daniels featured on Channel 10

Dr. Josh Daniels, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, was featured in the July 28 story, "Dog DNA Testing: Does It Work?"

View the full story.

Remember to check our web site for news!

Alumni updates

AVMA presents award to alumnus Dr. Brian W. Forsgren

Dr. Brian W. Forsgren (DVM '77) was presented with the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award at the AVMA's 146th Annual Convention in Seattle for his work in increasing the understanding, preservation and protection of the human-animal bond. Dr. Forsgren has spent his career providing veterinary care to low- income communities in Cleveland, where he opened the Gateway Animal Clinic in 1999, in order to provide access to care for all companion animals in the community.

More information

Upcoming events

Molly the Pony is coming August 6

Molly the Pony, one of the world's only prosthesis-wearing ponies, will be visiting the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine August 6 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Visitors can hear the presentation "It's All About Molly" at 5 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in the Wexner Auditorium in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building (VMAB), 1900 Coffey Rd. by Dr. Rustin Moore, Bud and Marilyn Jenne Professor and chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Molly will be on the lawn outside for visitors to meet her and her owner, Kaye Harris, before and after Dr. Moore's presentations.

More information about Molly and the event

Registration is now open for Alumni Reunion Weekend September 11-13, 2009

Information regarding Alumni Reunion Weekend has been mailed to all alumni of the college. We are partnering with the Ohio State Alumni Association to provide online registration and credit card payment and encourage all alumni to utilize this at the Alumni web site. If you do not have computer access, or have questions, the Alumni Association customer service team will assist you at 1-800-762-5646.

Weekend highlights: Friday September 11, alumni are invited to participate in continuing education sessions at the college from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.(see below for more details). That evening, everyone is invited to the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café, for class reunions, reception, banquet, Alumni Society awards presentation, plus the silent and live auctions*. On Saturday September 12, we will host the Alumni Society Annual Membership and Board Meeting starting at 2 p.m. The new dean will offer a "State of the College" address at 4 p.m., and the tailgate will run from 5-7:30 p.m., with kickoff at 8 p.m. for the OSU vs. USC football game. The Ohio State Alumni Association will be hosting events Friday and Saturday - attire for the weekend is Buckeye casual.

View the schedule of events for the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni weekend.

*Donate items to the auctions!

The money raised during the silent and live auctions held annually during Alumni Reunion Weekend allows us to give back to the college. We count on dedicated alumni such as you to contribute items for the auctions. These can vary from an iPOD to a weekend getaway, from a stethoscope to unique artwork, and of course Buckeye-themed merchandise is always popular. If you plan to make a donation, please let us know by August 31, so we can display the information on our web site.

You can find the donation form on the Alumni web site. We thank you in advance for your support of Alumni Reunion Weekend and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Alumni Reunion Weekend CE Conference Friday September 11, 2009

The CE conference is open to all veterinarians and technicians - you do not have to be a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine to attend. The conference is four hours of CE credit, and will include multiple lectures from expert faculty in the college, who will cover emerging topics in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Animal Medicine and Surgery, and Equine Medicine and Surgery from 10 to 12 p.m., lunch from 12 -1 p.m., and more sessions from 1 -3 p.m. The keynote presentation by Dr. Dean Richardson, "The Barbaro Story," will focus on Dr. Richard’s experiences while treating the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner. Those not attending Alumni Reunion Weekend can register for the conference online and find more information about the sessions being offered.

Continuing Education Offerings 2009-2010

  • Small Animal Surgery Series
    • The recent recruitment of several new surgeons now allows The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital to offer the most comprehensive range of surgical services available in Ohio. The Small Animal Surgery Series will introduce the hospital’s new clinicians as well as new techniques such as minimally invasive surgery, interventional radiology, and canine physical rehabilitation to the referring veterinarian. Common and controversial topics in soft tissue surgery, orthopedics and neurosurgery will also be addressed. Faculty are drawn from the Cardiology, Neurology and Small Animal Surgery services. The intended primary audience is veterinarians, and veterinary technicians are also encouraged to register. All courses will be conducted on Tuesdays, once per month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Each course in this series is certified for two hours of continuing education credit. Find out more.
  • Small Animal CE Series
    • Along with the new Small Animal Surgery Series, the Small Animal CE Series will continue to offer monthly courses on Tuesday evenings, providing updates on small animal medicine.

New Online CE Course to be Offered in August

A new course, "Emergency Approach to the Dyspneic Cat," will be added to our online CE offerings and made available August 19. This course is designed to increase knowledge of the disease processes that can result in dyspnea and respiratory distress in cats, as well as their initial management. More information about the course.

Royal Canin/Ohio State Symposium on Feline Medicine October 2-3, 2010

Continuing a 30-year tradition, Royal Canin and Ohio State proudly present a practical look at many of the most important topics in feline medicine. Experts from many fields will translate the latest diagnostic and therapeutic advancements into useful ideas that can be utilized in your practice. More information and to register.

Alumni Association Events

Alumni Day With the Cincinnati Reds

Join fellow alumni and guests for an exciting day of camaraderie and baseball at the Great American Ball Park for Ohio State Alumni Day with the Cincinnati Reds vs. the Washington Nationals Sunday, August 16. The gates open early at 10:30 a.m. for a special pregame gathering in the Reds' Fan Zone exclusively for Ohio State Alumni Association members and guests. Archie Griffin is slated to throw out the first pitch at 1:10 p.m. The Alumni Glee Club will sing the National Anthem. Brutus, Gapper and other invited guests will be on hand for photos and fun. Special half-price tickets for members and guests, and blocked seating and hospitality areas are available for larger groups. Kids can participate in a pregame on-field parade, too. Contact Roxi Komminsk at (614) 580-5372 or e-mail with questions, to purchase your discounted tickets, or to reserve a hospitality suite for the game.

Girls' Night Out with Jimmy Jackson

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009

Join alumni at Girls' Night Out with Jimmy Jackson, Ohio State All-American basketball player, and former player of the year.

  • 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Reception and mingling
  • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Program featuring Jimmy Jackson and great Ohio State merchandise from Buckeye Corner

Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road Columbus, OH 43210.
The cost is $25 per person for association members and $30 per person for non-members. Register for the event. For questions about this event or other great alumni association programs, contact Erin Kopp at or (614)-292-2371.

In Memoriam

June G. Kingma

June G. Kingma, 91, formerly of Fairfax, Va., passed away Friday, June 26, 2009 at Reflections at Carolina Forest in Myrtle Beach. Mrs. Kingma was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was the wife of the late Dr. Fred J. Kingma (DVM 1938).

She is survived by two sons, Dirk F. (Kitty) Kingma of LaJolla, Calif., and Douglas G. (Deborah) Kingma of Charlottesville, Va.; three daughters, Patricia K. Klinck of Conway, Debra K. (David) Watkins of Conway, and Molly G. Kingma of Beaufort; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in California. Please sign a guest book at and at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Reflections, 219 Middleburg Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 or to Shepherd Care Hospice, P.O. Box 392, Nichols, SC 29581.

Dr. John Frederick Long (DVM 1955)

John Frederick Long, whose life revolved around family, education, science, and a love of learning, died July 20, 2009 at the age of 85. John Long was born in Napoleon, Ohio, May 30, 1924.

John grew up in a loving home that included his parents George Emerson and Emily Lynas Long, his older sister Mary and his paternal grandparents John Armel and Elizabeth Nyswander Long. John left home in 1942 to begin college at The Ohio State University but was diverted by World War II, spending three years in the Army Medical Corps. When the war ended, he returned to Ohio State, which was to provide him with a life-long academic home. He earned a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences in 1947, a Master's in Zoology in 1948 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1955.

After working as a diagnostic pathologist at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Reynoldsburg, he returned to Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine to complete his PhD in veterinary pathology in 1966. John joined the Ohio State veterinary faculty that same year, where he taught necropsy and diagnostic histopathology. He was an active researcher with diverse interests, including Alzheimer's disease and viral encephalitis. John continued to be productive after retiring in 1998, becoming an emeritus faculty member. He produced instructional web sites on fish and avian pathology, and was working on one about amphibians when he became ill. He also continued his research, using cutting-edge tools such as nanotechnology in his work.

John is survived by his wife, Sarah; his sister, Mary Henderson of Loveland, CO.; his children, George, of Bexley, Helen Lucille (Lucy) Corcoran of Cincinnati, Harold (Deke) of Bexley, Clara Lawrence of Pickerington, and Nancy Sieber of Medford, ME; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grand daughter. He is greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Pathology Graduate Program at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dept. of Veterinary Biosciences, 1925 Coffey Rd. Columbus, OH 43210.

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