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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: March 2010

March 2010

Welcome to the March 2010 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

Veterinary Clinical Sciences doctors Featured on Big 10 Network

Biomedical imaging at the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging is featured in a new episode of "O-H-I-O" on the Big 10 Network, including interviews with Dr. Tod Drost, radiologist, and Dr. Patrick Burns, clinical instructor, both in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and featuring an MRI on a dog.

View the video (5:44 in length) Scroll down to the section called "watch online" and click on the arrow to play.

Student diversity group featured in JAVMA

VOICE (Veterinary Students as One in Culture and Ethnicity) was formed in the college just two years ago and has been very active in outreach programs to introduce underrepresented minorities to the veterinary profession. Co-advisors April Pugh, assistant director in Student Affairs, and Dr. Jean Sander, associate dean in Student Affairs, credit the efforts and progress of the group entirely to the student leaders. "They have really embraced the concept that they are responsible for making the difference," said Dr. Sander. "They want to make something happen rather than waiting for someone else to make it happen." A story about the group appears in the current issue of JAVMA News.

Continuing education offers online sale!

All online continuing education courses cost only $20 through March 31. Typically, courses cost $40, and members of the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society and members of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association receive a 20 percent discount. That discount will be reinstated on April 1, when the $20 special offer ends. To take advantage of this special offer, you must register by creating a login and password at the CE web site. Under Online Courses, click on "View all courses" to see the complete list of what is available.

March conferences for camelid owners and veterinarians

This March, two new conferences for those interested in alpacas and llamas will take place at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Hosted by the Office of Continuing Education, courses offer intensive learning opportunities as well as continuing education credit. The International Camelid Health Conference will take place March 24-28 and the Camelid Health Conference for Owners and Breeders will take place on March 25, 2010.

Dean Lonnie King featured in Columbus Monthly magazine

The February issue of Columbus Monthly magazine featured an article about College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Lonnie J. King. The writer, Nicole Kraft, is a freelance writer, communications director for the U.S. Trotting Association, and executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine. You can view the PDF at our webpage.

Local dog wins Best of Breed

Dr. Mary McLoughlin's six-year-old male Gordon Setter, "Carson," won the "Best in Breed" for Gordon Setters at the 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, February 16, and placed third out of 29 dogs in the Sporting Breed Group. Dr. McLoughlin, Diplomate ACVS, is an associate professor of surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

More details including pictures.

Administrative changes in the college office

Dr. Lawrence Mathes, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and associate dean for Research and Graduate studies, will retire after over 40 years with the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mathes served as a founding member and director of the Center for Retrovirus Research and led the Comprehensive Cancer Center's Oncogenic Virus program. Dr. Lonnie King, dean, has appointed Dr. Michael Lairmore to serve as associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies, effective March 15. Dr. Lairmore is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and associate director for Basic Sciences, Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Read more complete biographical information.

New interim chair in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences

On February 1, Dr. Michael Oglesbee, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, became interim chair of the department, following Dr. Michael Lairmore who held the position as chair from 2002-2010. Dr. Oglesbee is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He received his DVM and Ph.D. from Ohio State in 1984 and 1988 respectively. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics in The Ohio State University Medical Center, and is a member of the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair and the Comprehensive Cancer Center (Oncogenic Virus group).

More information.

Upcoming Events

Symposium to examine emerging MRSA threat

On Saturday, March 20, 2010 experts on infectious diseases and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in animals, will convene a day-long symposium to explore the human and animal health threats posed by this emerging health problem. The symposium is targeted to both human health professionals and animal health professionals. This "One Health, One Medicine" approach to studying these pathogens offers a broader understanding of the impact of the diseases in the human health setting as well as veterinary setting. Registration for the symposium is available at the College of Veterinary Medicine Office Continuing Education. Online registration requires establishing a log-in name and password. Cost for the full day meeting is $60 ($35 for students). Registration can also be mailed or faxed. A downloadable PDF of a brochure is available. For more information and links to both methods of registration, please visit the Office of Veterinary Continuing Education web site.

Plan to attend the Third Annual FurBall!

All alumni are invited to join current students, faculty and staff at the third annual FurBall, an evening of dinner, dancing, and fun on Saturday April 10th, 2010 from 6-11 p.m. at the Columbus Athenaeum's Olympian Ballroom, N. 4th St. This year's event benefits Canine Companions for Independence, CANTER and the Classes of 2012 and 2013. Tickets are $37 each. Cash or checks made out to the Class of 2012 will be accepted.

Schedule for the evening:

  • 6-8 p.m. Casino and Cocktails
    • Come try your hand at Blackjack, Roulette and Craps featuring some of your favorite faculty members as the dealers*
  • 7:30 Dinner
    • Raffle and dancing to follow dinner

*Volunteer faculty dealers include: Dr. Bonagura, Dr. Bulter, Dr. Carino, Dr. Cooper, Dr. Coutinho da Silva, Dr. da Costa, Dr. DeWille, Dr. Drost, Chris Frasure, Dr. Green, Dr. Guillaumin, Dr. Hamlin, Dr. Harcha, Dr. Hettlich, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Premanandan, Dr. Rings, and Dr. Schober.

Please contact Lindsey Rings at to purchase tickets or with any questions!

Save the date: Annual Golf Outing June 23

The Annual Alumni Golf Outing, is planned for Wednesday, June 23 and will be held at the Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club in the Powell area. Watch for details in April.

Alumni Reunion Weekend rescheduled for September 10-12, 2010

The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend will be held September 10-12, 2010. This year we will hold the annual Friday class reunions, banquet and auctions at the newly opened Ohio Union. The Buckeyes’ football game on Saturday, September 11 features a matchup against the Miami of Florida Hurricanes. The Ohio State University Alumni Association is again providing tickets to the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. If demand exceeds supply, a lottery will be held with preference given to alumni celebrating reunions (1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005) You must be a member of both The Ohio State University Alumni Association AND the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society to be eligible to purchase tickets to the game. Game tickets will be sold with the Saturday alumni tailgate event only. Additional details will be coming soon.

In Memoriam

Dr. Thomas John Clarke III (DVM 1962)

Dr. Thomas John Clarke III, 72, of Cincinnati, OH, passed away in February. He was the beloved father of Beth Ann Lang (nee Clarke), Victoria Lynn Clarke and Thomas John Clarke IV and married for 30 years to Joyce Clarke. Dr. Clarke was born February 12, 1938, in Cincinnati, OH, to the late Thomas and Margaret Clarke. He attended St. Xavier High School ('56) and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State University ('62). He was awarded a prestigious Angell Memorial Animal Hospital internship in Boston, MA ('63). He was a veterinarian for 43 years with an animal hospital in Kenwood and clinics in Milford and Wyoming. During his illustrious career, Dr. Clarke received numerous honors and served as Director of the American Animal Hospital Association, Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association and Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. He also served for 9 years as Vice President of the Hamilton County Board of Health and 12 years on the Indian Hill Board of Health. Dr. Clarke acted as an Ohio State University Practitioner Lecturer for 11 years and was a lifetime member of the American Animal Hospital Association. He represented Veterinary Medicine for the U.S. State Department in Germany, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand ('84-'86). Thomas was also the 113th President of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick ('81) and served as a Trustee in the organization for 29 years. A devout Catholic and member of St. Gertrude's parish in Madeira, Thomas was truly a man for others. Immediately following retirement in 2004, Thomas devoted himself to helping the elderly and tutoring children with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The eldest of 10 children, he is survived by Richard, Steven, Timothy, Mary Catherine, Martin, Patrick and Bernie, his son-in-law Bruce Lang, and adored by his nine-year-old granddaughter Natalie Grace. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and numerous friends. Thomas was truly a loving spirit who touched and blessed countless lives. Memorials suggested to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1125 Bank St., Cincinnati, OH 45214, or

Sandra Sue (Bonham) Payne

Sandra Sue (Bonham) Payne died suddenly Christmas Day at the University of Louisville Hospital, Louisville, KY, from injuries sustained from a fall at home. She is survived by her husband, William H. Payne (DVM 1973); daughter, Kristen Payne (Katherine) (Columbus, OH); son, Dr. William J. Payne D.V.M.; and sister, Lindra Ricketts (Eric) (Newark, OH). She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Hazel (Lackey) Bonham.

Sandra was born in Newark, OH to Jim and Hazel Bonham. She graduated from Newark High School in 1963. She graduated from The Ohio State University's division of Physical Therapy in 1967. Sandy and family moved to Leitchfield, KY in 1973 and stepped into the Leitchfield Veterinary Clinic. She worked to serve her family and the community first as Veterinary Technician and secretary at the Leitchfield Veterinary Clinic. Sandy was known for her fierce love for family and her community. She served the people she loved not only as wife and mother but also as teacher and healer.

Sandy was a member of the Leitchfield United Methodist Church for 36 years and served as Sunday school teacher, youth leader and lay leader. She also developed a women's jail ministry and met with incarcerated women at the Grayson County Women's Detention Facility weekly. She also promoted drug and alcohol addiction recovery and rehabilitation. Sandy was Leitchfield's only Physical Therapist for many years. She also served as a past president of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association. She began serving her patients through home visits and home health in the 1970's. She joined with Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center when it was established. Sandy developed the Physical Therapy department and welcomed new growth and many other therapists to Leitchfield. Recently she decided to return to her roots to once again travel to patient's homes and provide her special brand of love and therapy.

Sandy's final hours were serving others. She had just returned from seeing patients on Christmas Eve moments before her fall. She also made her wishes to be an organ donor very well known and spent Christmas Day making herself a gift to others. Sandy will be deeply missed and long remembered. Expressions of sympathy can take the form of donations to the Camp Loucon or the Leitchfield United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 8:40am