Connect to Veterinary Medicine: March 2009

March 2009

Welcome to the March 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

Football ticket lottery for Alumni Reunion Weekend

Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled for September 11-13, 2009. On Saturday, September 12th, Ohio State will play the USC Trojans. We anticipate a high demand for a limited number of tickets. In an effort to be fair, we will conduct a lottery of ELIGIBLE alumni who are interested in attending the game. To be eligible for tickets, alumni must be members of the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society AND the Ohio State Alumni Association by June 1, 2009. Lottery applications will be sent in July only to eligible alumni. Other activities will take place as is the tradition. On Friday afternoon, alumni are invited to participate in continuing education sessions at the college, including a keynote address by Dr. Dean Richardson (DVM, 1979), from the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania. That evening, everyone is invited to the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café, to attend class reunions, a reception and dinner banquet, the Alumni Society Annual Meeting and awards presentation*, plus the silent and live auctions**. On Saturday, we will host the Alumni Society Board Meeting starting at 2 p.m. The new dean will offer a "State of the College" address at 4, and the tailgate will run from 5-7:30, with kickoff at 8 p.m. for the big football game. We hope you will join us for all activities, even if you don't attend the game.

*Call for nominations "Alumni Recognition Awards"

Each year, the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society is pleased to recognize one or more of our alumni who have contributed to the enhancement of the veterinary medical profession. Alumni Society members may nominate candidates for this recognition by completing the form and submitting it to the college alumni services director by May 1, 2009.

Complete the nomination form.

**Donate items to the auctions!

The money raised during the silent and lives auctions held annually during Alumni Reunion Weekend allow 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. Please find the donation form on our website. We thank you in advance for your support of Alumni Reunion Weekend and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

What's New at the Veterinary Hospital

Each bi-monthly issue of the OVMA newsletter contains a special insert from the Ohio State Veterinary Hospital. New faculty, reinvigorated programs, as well as new procedures and techniques are highlighted often with links to more detailed versions of the stories. These are also available on our website.

Summer Research Program receives NIH Training Grant

The Department of Veterinary Biosciences has been awarded a National Institutes of Health Training Grant for short-term (~3 months) research training for veterinary students. This five-year grant will provide up to 10 stipends per year for veterinary students, including those involved in the College of Veterinary Medicine Summer Research Program. (Students involved in the program last summer will be participating in "Advances in Research Day," held annually in April. See below for information about this year's event.)

The purpose of the training program is to provide short term training experiences for professional veterinary students to allow them to acquire specific technical and conceptual skills to perform hypothesis-based research involving biochemical and molecular systems, as well as animal models of human disease. This knowledge will set the stage for the students to understand what is required to perform high quality scientific research, encourage creative approaches to solving scientific problems and fundamental issues important to public health. The training program will be coordinated through an established graduate program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and supported by an interdisciplinary group of basic and clinical scientists with ongoing collaborative programs at The Ohio State University Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

2009 Campus Campaign

The Campus Campaign encourages faculty and staff at The Ohio State University to support programs and causes that are personally significant. Many animal lovers appreciate the opportunity to contribute to the programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine. A special web page offers descriptions of several funds in the Veterinary Hospital as well as the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Clinical Sciences, and Preventive Medicine that benefit every area of the college. If you would like to make a gift to the college and are interested in an area not listed, please contact Katie Kostyo at (614) 688-8433.

New college programs expand career opportunities

Each year, about 2,500 professional veterinarians graduate from the 28 veterinary colleges in North America. That may not be enough to protect the nation from animal diseases that pose threats to human health, according to a report released last month by the Government Accountability Office. Two programs in the College of Veterinary Medicine specifically encourage students to consider careers in the critical areas of large animal medicine and public health: the Early Commitment Program, in partnership with the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and a special Master's Degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health.

Read more about expanded career opportunities.

Update on the search for a new dean

Campus interviews are being conducted for the three finalists for dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

View the finalists' schedules.

Vet Med in the news

Remember to check our web site for news!

BETHA grant awarded to Dr. Inpanbutr

Dr. Nong Inpanbutr, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences is one of only five faculty at The Ohio State University honored this year with a Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) grant. The Battelle Memorial Institute, Battelle Endowment provides funding to support university activities designed to continue the examination and understanding of the impact of science and technology on individuals and society. Previous Battelle Endowment projects have included conferences, exhibits, workshops, videos, and interactive computer projects that address the special relationships between science and technology, and the needs and aspirations of persons and societies in our increasingly technological world. Dr. Inpanbutr's project is to develop an audiovisual program revealing how culture, social, and religion influence the practice of veterinary medicine in other countries such as Thailand. This educational program also includes anatomy, habitat, health and behavior of Asian elephants. This program will increase cultural sensitivity and enhance awareness of cultural diversity for students, and elevate the quality of education on Asian Elephants. This will promote International Studies at Ohio State, nationally, and globally. She will be honored at a reception in Bricker Hall April 15th.

Three percent more Ohio State students pass NAVLE than national average

Senior professional students from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine once again exceeded the national passing rate for the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam. The results from the November - December NAVLE indicated that 96.4 percent of students from the College of Veterinary Medicine passed the exam; the national passing average of students taking the exam from AVMA accredited institutions was 93.4 percent.

Read the full story on the NAVLE pass rates.

Alumni updates

Annual Golf Outing June 3, 2009

This year, the annual alumni golf outing is scheduled for June 3, 2009 at the Bent Tree Golf Club, 350 Bent Tree Rd. Sunbury, OH 43074 (740) 965-5140. As in past years, the event is presented by the Ohio State Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. Registration deadline: May 22, 2009 This event is limited to the first 144 paid golfers. On the day of the event, registration begins at 9 a.m. The shotgun start is at 11, with dinner and awards starting at 4:30 p.m. Again, we will feature a scramble format.

Registration forms are available at our web site.

Upcoming events

College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Research Day, April 9, 2009

"Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day," also known as Research Day, is designed to showcase the research and scholarship accomplishments of veterinary students, residents, graduate students and faculty in the college. Posters are displayed for public viewing from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Rd. and Sisson Hall, 1920 Coffey Rd. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Sam Jones, Associate Professor of Equine Medicine at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. The keynote address and awards ceremony is 12-2 pm in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium, 601 Vernon L. Tharp St. The public is welcome to attend. The best student poster presentations receive travel grants in each of the five areas of study: immunology and infectious diseases, molecular and cellular biology, structure and function, clinical research, and epidemiology and applied research.

Annual Open House scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

If you know a student considering a rewarding career in veterinary medicine, make sure they know about the annual College of Veterinary Medicine Open House. First- and second-year students are planning a variety of activities and information sessions to introduce participants to veterinary medicine. Activities include: Small animal surgery demonstrations, exotic pets display and discussion, pilot dogs visit, agility dog demonstration, small animal ultrasound examinations, student panels, admission presentations, teddy bear repair clinic, and a children's activity room. Tours of our veterinary hospital will also be available and can be registered for in advance.

Join us for "Pink Week"

The College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting a team for faculty, staff, students and alumni for the annual Komen Race for the Cure. You can join the team at: www.komencolumbus.org Click on the "register here" button. (You will need to set up an account with your own username and password. Make sure you save that information.) The team name is "OSU College of Veterinary Medicine." No password is needed to register for the team once you set up your account.

During the week preceding the race, the college will host several special events and fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness. The highlight of "Pink Week" will be a keynote address by Dr. Rebekah Gee, physician and women's health advocate (and daughter of The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee), on Friday May 15 at noon in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Inaugural Companion Animal Remembrance Ceremony

Please join us on Saturday, June 20 at noon as we celebrate the lives of the beloved companion animals that are no longer with us. If you are interested in attending, we encourage you to reply to Joelle Nielsen at: remembrance [at] cvm [dot] osu [dot] edu or (614) 247-8607 so that we may plan more effectively. (This is not a commitment and will allow us to send you updates and reminders regarding the event.)

In memoriam

Dr. Earl E. Lindsay (DVM, 1954)

Dr. Earl E. Lindsay, 82, died Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2009. After graduating high school, Dr. Lindsay served in the Air Force during WWII. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; he practiced in Ohio for over 41 years until his retirement in 1995, moving to Williamsburg that same year. He served on several veterinary boards and committees, as well as the Ohio School Board. He was a published author as well as a distinguished veterinarian.

He carried on his family tradition of serving with the Masons for over 50 years and volunteering and enjoying his time working with the Boy Scouts, and the K9 Connection Therapy Dog Group. He was a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church in Canton, Ohio, and regularly attended services at Jamestown Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Lindsay; son, Tom Lindsay, and daughter, Melinda Lindsay. Contributions may be made in Dr. Lindsay's memory to the Heritage Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.