Connect to Veterinary Medicine: May, 2007

May 2007

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

Another successful Colerain Elementary event

Once again, our first and second year students volunteered to take animals, shoot photos, create colorful crafts, and be with the special students at Colerain Elementary on Friday May 11. A teacher at the school mentioned how much the students appreciate our participation, and how much teachers and administrators appreciate the support of the College of Veterinary Medicine. She has worked at the school for nearly 20 years, and said our event has been important all those years. First and second year students who participated in this event appreciated the financial support provided by the Alumni Society.

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Clinical Trials Office has a new website

Information is now available regarding current and upcoming clinical trials.

Read more information at the Clinical Trials Office website.

Alumni Updates

Swenberg chosen for Merit Award

The Society of Toxicology's Merit Award was presented to Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine alumnus Dr. James A. Swenberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences in the School of Public Health's department of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Merit Award is given in recognition of a distinguished career in toxicology. Dr. Swenberg received his Ph.D. in veterinary pathobiology from Ohio State. He's been on the UNC faculty since 1989. He has published more than 300 scientific papers and served on the editorial board of 10 journals. His research addresses toxic substances and the ways in which cancers develop.

Read more about the Merit Award

Memoriam: Dr. Robert Duncan

Dr. Robert Duncan, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (DBSP) in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech passed away suddenly on May 3, 2007. Known to many in the college and university community as a congenial and engaging professional with a great enthusiasm for the outdoors, Bob is survived by his wife Susan and ten-year old daughter Taylor. He earned both his undergraduate and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University. As a student, he received a number of honors, including the C.L. Davis Foundation Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Veterinary Pathology, and the Phi Zeta award. Dr. Duncan was a member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, the AVMA, and several other organizations.

Read more about Dr. Robert Duncan at the Virginia-Tech website.

Continuing Education Offerings

The Office of Continuing Education has many interesting and valuable sessions coming up in the next few months.

  • June 23-24, 2007 Small Animal Dentistry
  • July 27-28, 2007 Total Hip Replacement
  • August 25-26, 2007 Small Animal Veterinary Ultrasound
  • September 6, 2007 Alumni CE Event
  • September 15-16, 2007 Small Animal Laser Surgery
  • September 18, 2007 Small Animal CE Series: Parasite Diagnostics

More information about these courses can be obtained from the Office of Continuing Education website.

Vet Med in the News

Next: cover of the Rolling Stone?

Congratulations to Drs. Zimmerman, Rush, and Yamaguchi, in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, whose study is featured on the May, 2007 cover of the Journal of Veterinary Pathology.

Read the cover story.

Curing Canine Cancer Campaign featured on WCMH-TV

Dr. Cheryl London, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences was featured on the noon news on WCMH-TV (Channel 4) discussing canine cancer. Dr. London was asked by the Morris Animal Foundation to appear on Channel 4 as a way to spread awareness about their "Curing Canine Cancer" campaign. She appeared on the program with Skyler, a dog owned by Ohio State James Cancer Center employee Cheryl Kefauver. Skyler is currently enrolled in a study of osteosarcoma, sponsored in part by the National Cancer Institute.

Read more about the osteosarcoma study
Read more about the Morris Animal Foundation

First ever Webinar "Broadcasts" from Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Rustin Moore, chair and Jim Belknap, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences were selected as speakers for the first-ever interactive Webinar, "Understanding Laminitis," sponsored by "The Horse" magazine and held on Wednesday, May 23. According to Editor Kim Brown, "There were many positive comments from the nearly 600 live viewers (probably many more since several instructors at universities said they were going to have classes watch, and individual users could have as many horse owners around the computer as they wished). Nearly 1,200 people signed up from the United States and 22 foreign countries, and I think only technical difficulties kept the number of live viewers at the 50% range."

The Webinar will be posted on The Horse Web site in 30 to 60 days.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 9, Inaugural Awards Ceremony, 11:00am

The inaugural College of Veterinary Medicine Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 9th at 11 a.m. in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium. The senior clinical awards, Phi Zeta candidates and other student awards will be presented. All members of the college community, including faculty, staff, students, family members and friends are invited to this event. A light lunch will be served in the Hummel Grand Lounge of VMAB after the presentation.

Saturday, June 9, Oath and Hooding, 8:00pm

The annual Oath and Hooding ceremony will be held in Mershon Auditorium at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm.

Sunday, June 10, Graduation

Graduation ceremonies begin at 1:00pm in Ohio Stadium. The commencement speaker will be former President Bill Clinton.

More information regarding graduation.

Alumni Reunion weekend updates

The Reunion Weekend activities schedule is now available at the College of Veterinary Medicine Web site. Additional registration information for will be distributed in July. We are looking for donations to the Auction right now! If you have an item to donate, you can find a form on our website. We hope you'll remember to solicit your friends and give them the opportunity to donate an item to the auction also. We want the 2007 auction to be the best ever.