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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: May 2008

May 2008

Welcome to the May 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

College Faculty Win Prestigious Awards

Dr. Charles Capen, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences for the past 40 years, was selected posthumously for the 2008 American Veterinary Medical Association Lifetime Excellence in Research Award. The award will be presented at the AVMA Annual Convention in New Orleans July 22nd. For an extensive bio of Dr. Capen, please see the February, 2008 edition of "Connect to Veterinary Medicine".

Dr. Steven Krakowka, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences received the 2008 Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research from Washington State University on May 16th.

Department of Veterinary Biosciences Recognized for Excellence

The Department of Veterinary Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine was named as one of the 12 top graduate programs at Ohio State. The recognition came after the completion of a broad Doctoral Program Assessment led by Pat Osmer, vice provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School.

"A review like this is unprecedented at an institution of our size and stature," Osmer said. "It was thorough and rigorous and was taken very seriously because high-quality doctoral programs are a key to the overall strength of the university. Strengthening these programs is the primary reason for the assessment."

The doctoral programs were assigned one of six classifications. The 12 rated as "high quality" stand out in terms of their planning, focus and potential to enhance the standing of the university. Seventeen more earned a “strong” label — close to "high quality," but each needs to address issues of program focus or structure. The university plans to reward these programs by providing students who are awarded Graduate School fellowships a $3,000 increase in their stipend each year for four years, at a cost of between $2 million and $3 million. The full report is available on the Office of Academic Affairs Website.

More information about the Department of Veterinary Biosciences.

Continuing Education Calendar

Remember to check the CE calendar for updates.

Some upcoming sessions of interest:

  • June 21-22 - Basic and Advanced Veterinary Ultrasound
  • September 5 - Alumni Reunion Weekend CE Course

Reorganization in the Hospital

Several job descriptions in the Veterinary Medical Center have been re-written to respond to the changing caseload and projected deficit. Twenty-three members of our staff were affected by this restructuring. Some of the positions were consolidated, some were re-classified and some were eliminated. Staff are able to apply for the newly re-classified positions if they choose to do so. This is a stressful change for some of our loyal and experienced staff. These changes, combined with new business initiatives and stricter payment policies, will allow us to balance the hospital budget within three years. College and hospital administration agree that for the future health of our teaching hospital, this is the right thing to do.

Our primary focus continues to be providing the highest quality education of future veterinarians with attention to excellence in teaching, patient care, and the advancement of veterinary medicine through clinical discoveries. This change in the hospital structure will allow the continuation of the highest quality clinical education experience for our fourth year veterinary students.

Vet Med in the News

"Safe Summer" Provides Homes for Pets

The "Safe Summer" program offers alternatives for Ohio State students who are leaving for the summer and may have a pet they cannot take with them. In past years, many pets were abandoned in empty apartments, or released to the street. "Safe Summer" was created by the Shelter Medicine Club of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is run by students and volunteers. The service started May 27 and will be available through June 14 with the goal of finding safe shelter for any pets left behind. If the animal is healthy and adoptable, it will be spayed and neutered and put up for adoption at the Capital Area Humane Society, a partner in the program. For more information, see the website or e-mail Safe Summer at So far, the story has been covered by The Lantern, Columbus Dispatch, WCMH-TV Channel 4, and the Ohio News Network.

Canine Rehabilitation Makes a Splash!

A story about the new canine rehabilitation facility in our teaching hospital is currently featured on The Ohio State University home ("splash") page. The story includes video of a dog using the facility's new underwater treadmill. The piece highlights outreach and patient care. In the first two days after the story was posted, it had more than 1,400 video views.

Cats Everywhere: OSU Survey Finds Community-Based Approach Best Bet to Control Free-Roaming Cats

Dr. Linda Lord, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine recently conducted a survey to gauge attitudes of Ohioan about free-roaming cats. Results suggest that no single statewide measure would be sufficient in managing cat overpopulation because public opinion varies widely across the state. Lord says, "Because of the variety of attitudes we see between demographic areas, I don't know that a one-solution-fits-all statewide policy is going to work. Communities are going to have to look at their own approach." But coordinated action of some kind – on the part of policymakers, shelter organizations and cat owners alike – is needed to try to control cat overpopulation, Lord said.

Read the article.

The story has been covered by:

Zoos Seek Answers to Sudden Gorilla Deaths

The Columbus Dispatch, April 7, 2008

A scientific scramble to save gorillas is centered in Cleveland. The 2 middle-age male primates now living at the Cleveland zoo were examined Feb. 2 as part of the Gorilla Health Project, a collaboration among zoos nationwide to figure out why some of their gorillas are dying. The project -- born only months after a pair of high-profile gorilla deaths at the National Zoo in Washington -- is led by Cleveland zoo veterinarian and Ohio State University epidemiologist Pam Dennis.

Read the article.

Puppy Gets Lifesaving Surgery

Newark Advocate, April 17, 2008

Doctors at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine performed lifesaving surgery Wednesday on a puppy from an animal shelter born with a birth defect.

Read the article.

Also: WBNS-10TV: Puppy Gets Lifesaving Surgery Thanks to 10TV Viewers

Upcoming Events

Event Wrap-Up

Komen Columbus Race for the Cure

More than 50 faculty, staff, students, friends, family and alumni of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine participated in the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure on May 17 as a member of the "OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Team." For the first time, volunteers also sponsored "Pink Week," May 12-16. Activities Included a bake sale and raffle to raise money for the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, as well as daily talks on a variety of cancer-related topics such as genetics, nutrition, oncology, veterinary research and a survivor panel, as well as a special visit by Stefanie Spielman, wife of Ohio State football great Chris Spielman, and founder of the Stefanie Spielman Fund.

Annual Golf Outing
The College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society will hold its annual golf outing on Wednesday, June 4 at the Foxfire Gold Club in Lockbourne, Ohio. The golf outing is a great opportunity to reunite with friends and enjoy a day of golf. Sponsored in part by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the College of Veterinary Medicine, the event includes 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format, lunch and a reception with dinner and awards. Each golfer’s fee will include a donation of $30 to the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society Scholarship Fund. Additional (non-golfing) guests are welcome at the dinner and awards ceremony. Registration officially closed on May 23; however, if you’re interested in attending the dinner, please contact Michelle Harcha, 614-292-9296.

2008 Graduation Activities: Awards Ceremony; Oath and Hooding 2008
Recognition Awards Ceremony
The Second Annual Student Recognition Awards ceremony will be held Saturday, June 7 at 11 a.m. in the Veterinary Medical Center Auditorium. The awards ceremony will honor and recognize scholastic and extramural awards that students have received over the past year. In addition to honoring Phi Zeta inductees, Phi Kappa Phi members and Honors students, students who have been nominated by faculty members from each area of expertise will also be recognized. The extramural awards offer an opportunity for students who have been honored by companies independent of Ohio State to be publicly recognized. The class of 2008 will also present their own awards at this ceremony where they will recognize different faculty members who have made an impact on their educational experience while at Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Families are encouraged to attend.

Oath and Hooding
Receiving the esteemed hood is an important and admirable achievement, and to personally recognize each of the recipients, the College of Veterinary Medicine holds the Oath and Hooding ceremony. This year, the event will be Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m. at Mershon Auditorium. This tradition is meant to give all students the personal recognition they deserve for such a commendable accomplishment. At this ceremony, the college will also recognize the recipients of the College Distinguished Alumni Award winners and faculty winners of college teaching and research awards (listed below). Details of the winners' backgrounds can be found at the college website.

2008 Awards
Distinguished Alumni Award of the College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Dr. Scott B. Citino, staff veterinarian, White Oak Conservation Center, Yulee, FL
  • Dr. K. Nasir M. Khan, Vice President, Drug Safety Research and Development, Pfizer Global Research & Development, Groton, Connecticut
  • Dr. E. Christopher Orton, Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Dr. Cynthia Otto, Associate Professor of Critical Care, Department of Clinical Studies- Philadelphia, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Stephen M. Reed, Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky

College of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Awards

  • Norden Distinguished Teaching Award
    Jane Flores, DVM, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
  • Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health) Award for Research Excellence
    Jeffrey T. LeJeune, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Extension-Food Safety, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Food Animal Health Research Program, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
  • Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education
    Patrick L. Green, PhD, Professor, Department of Veterinary Biosciences
  • Dean's Award for Creativity in Teaching
    Susan Johnson, DVM, MS
    Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

In Memorium

Barbara A. Kummel (DVM, 1978)

Barbara A. Kummel, 55, a veterinary dermatologist and allergist who treated more than 2,500 animals each year, died after a heart attack March 4 at her home in Gaithersburg.

Dr. Kummel ran the Animal Skin Disease Clinic in Gaithersburg for 28 years. She lectured around the world and wrote "Color Atlas of Small Animal Dermatology" (1990), which has been published in 17 languages. She was born in Baltimore and graduated from the now-closed Regina Catholic High School in Adelphi and the University of Maryland. She received her veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1978. Dr. Kummel was a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Robert R. Banks of Gaithersburg; three stepchildren, Richard Banks and Steven Banks of Bristow, Va., and Jennifer Banks of Los Angeles; her mother, Anne Kummel of University Park; three brothers, William Kummel of University Park, John Kummel of Arnold and Matthew Kummel of Billings, Mont.; and a sister, Julie Talmadge of Orlando.

Ernest E. Saulmon (DVM, 1935)

Dr. Saulmon (OSU '35), 94, Arlington, Va., died March 25, 2008. Prior to retirement in the mid 1970s, he served as deputy administrator for Veterinary Services at the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. Dr. Saulmon began his 38-year career with the USDA in the former Bureau of Animal Industry. In 1947, he became a member of the American team that helped stop the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in Mexico

From 1965-1967, he served as deputy director of science and education for the USDA. Dr. Saulmon was then named director of the Animal Health Division in the USDA Agricultural Research Service. In 1970, he was reassigned as deputy administrator for Veterinary Services at the newly formed APHIS. A member of the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, Dr. Saulmon served as its delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates in 1958 and from 1969-1974. He was twice elected to the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, serving from 1968-1978. Dr. Saulmon served as the USDA representative to the White House Conference on Health from 1965-1967, and was a member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners for more than 10 years. He was also a member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Apollo Lunar Quarantine Operations Team.

A diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and a past president of the District of Columbia VMA, Dr. Saulmon was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the U.S. Animal Health Association, the Washington Academy of Science, and Washington's Cosmos Club. He was also a member of the science advisory committees of the Pan-American Health Organization's Zoonoses Center and Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center.

In 1968, Dr. Saulmon received The Ohio State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was the recipient of the AVMA Public Service Award in 1973. Dr. Saulmon's wife, Catharine; a son; and three daughters survive him.

William C. Piper Jr. (DVM, 1940)

Dr. Piper, a resident of Tavares, Florida, passed away on March 1, 2008.

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