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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: May 2009

May 2009

Welcome to the May 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

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.

View the newsletter.

2009 Oath and Hooding Ceremony

The 2009 College of Veterinary Medicine Awards will be presented at the Oath and Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium. Congratulations to the outstanding faculty members who will be receiving these honors: Dr. Edward Cooper (Zoetis (formally Pfizer) Distinguished Teaching Award), Dr. Jim Belknap (Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health) Award for Research Excellence), Dr. Armando Hoet (Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education), Dr. Maxey Wellman (Dean's Award for Creativity in Teaching) and Dr. Kathy Boris-Lawrie (David White Research Award).

Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to:

  • Charles C. Capen, DVM, PhD, professor emeritus and former chair
    • Department of Veterinary Biosciences, The Ohio State University
  • Brian W. Forsgren, DVM, animal welfare advocate
    • Owner, Gateway Animal Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ann L. Johnson, DVM, MS, professor emeritus
    • Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Illinois
  • Bruce W. Keene, DVM, MS, professor
    • Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Charles A. Neer, DVM, MS, clinical associate veterinarian, retired
    • Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University
  • Bonnie R. Rush, DVM, MS, professor and head
    • Department of Clinical Sciences, Kansas State University

View the awardee's bios.

Safe Summer Program Returns

The Safe Summer Program will run through June 19, 2009. The Shelter Medicine Club at the college developed this program to offer solutions to Ohio State students who are not able to take their pets with them when they leave campus. In the past, many pets have been abandoned in empty apartments or left on the street. DVM student volunteers work with students to find alternatives for their pet(s). Last spring, 100 percent of the animals taken in by the program found new homes.

More information on the Safe Summer program.

Annual Golf Outing

Despite cool temperatures and rain, the annual golf outing was a well-attended success that raised $8,000 for the Alumni Veterinary Student Scholarship fund.

List of golf outing winners.

Golf outing sponsors

Pink Week

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Pink Week Committee, the college's Komen Race for the Cure Team and SCAVMA hosted talks, bake sales, contests and auctions at the college to increase awareness about breast cancer and raise money for research. The highlight of the week was a talk by Dr. Rebekah Gee, physician and women's health advocate (and daughter of The Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee and Dr. Elizabeth Gee who passed away from breast cancer). Dr. Gee shared personal stories of her experiences during her mother's illness. The events held at the College of Veterinary Medicine raised $803 for Komen Columbus and $1,000 for the Elizabeth Gee Fund for Cancer Survivorship at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. (More than 46,000 people participated in this year's Komen Columbus Race for the Cure and raised $2 million to fund breast cancer education, research, and treatment.)

View photos from the talk and race

Visit the Komen Columbus website for more information on the Race for a Cure.

Students Learn Shelter Medicine at the Capital Area Humane Society

Last year Ohio State established a surgical partnership with the highly respected Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus. The partnership is overseen by Dr. Larry Hill, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. This unique partnership, which is the only clinically based program of its kind, allows students to gain a variety of skills that will benefit them in their future careers, including performing surgeries, learning about pediatric spays and neuters and observing non-traditional techniques for pets such as rabbits. Students also travel into the community with Humane Officers who investigate potential neglect and abuse cases, which allows the students to learn about the sociological side of the humane society's work and allows them to help educate the public about important issues surrounding pet care.

More information on the partnership with Capital Area Humane Society

Vet Med in the news

H1N1 outbreak puts college experts in the news

The outbreak of the so-called Swine Flu that started in Mexico and continues to spread offered the College of Veterinary Medicine the opportunity to showcase our research and experts. Dr. Mo Saif, professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and program head of the Food Animal Health Research Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at Wooster, and Dr. Richard Slemons, professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, were featured by radio, television, newspapers and even COSI.

View the news story

Vet Student Featured on Big 10 Network

Kristin Couts, a fourth-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine will be featured on an episode of 24OSU, which will air Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m. and Friday, June 26 at 8:30 a.m. on the Big 10 Network. Couts, along with four other Ohio State students, will give viewers an around-the-clock look at a day in their lives.

Remember to check our web site for news!

Upcoming events

Inaugural Companion Animal Remembrance Ceremony

Please join us as we celebrate the lives of the beloved companion animals that are no longer with us on Saturday, June 20 at noon. If you are interested in attending, we encourage you to reply to Joelle Nielsen at: or (614) 247-8607 so that we may plan more effectively.

Alumni Reunion Weekend highlights

Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled for September 11-13, 2009.
Registration information will be sent in mid-July. If you are eligible for the football ticket lottery, you will receive an application for tickets in early July.

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.

Donation form for auction items

We thank you in advance for your support of Alumni Reunion Weekend and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

In Memoriam

Charles B. Dibbell (DVM 1938)

Dr. Charles B. Dibbell of South Pasadena, Florida died April 17, 2009. Dr. Dibbell was born in Garnett, Kansas. He attended Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from The Ohio State University, Columbus. Dr. Dibbell pursued post-graduate training in canine surgery at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He served as 1st Lieutenant, World War II. He moved to St. Petersburg from Baltimore in 1946, when he established the West Coast Animal Hospital, which he directed until his retirement in 1981. He had been a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, past president of the Pinellas County Veterinary Medical Society, and was a member of Lakewood Country Club, now known as St. Petersburg Country Club. He was a former member of the St. Petersburg Lions Club.

Elden C. Krantz (DVM 1943)

Dr. Elden C. Krantz, age 90, of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away April 12, 2009. He was born in Dover, Ohio, the son of George Grover Krantz and Barbara Becker Krantz, and graduated from Dover High School. A 1943 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Krantz built a veterinary hospital at 856 Boulevard, Dover in 1950 and practiced until his retirement in 1977. Dr. Krantz continued practicing veterinary medicine as a relief doctor for veterinarians in Palm Beach, Broward, Dade Counties and Miami until 2003 when he fully retired. Dr. Krantz is survived by his wife, Corrine, two sons, Thomas L. (Rosemary) of Enterprise, Alabama and Ronald E. (Pamela J. Grant) of Holly, Michigan, grandson, Phillip Grant Krantz of Pontiac, Michigan.

Howard J. Barth (DVM 1946)

Dr. Howard J. Barth was born July 12, 1921, in Litchfield Township, Ohio. Dr. Barth was a veterinarian in Litchfield for 35 years. He was a member of Litchfield United Church of Christ Congregational. Dr. Barth was an avid fisherman and bridge player. He served on the Buckeye school board, the Medina County Board of Health, the Medina County Fair Board for 14 years, and the Litchfield Masonic Lodge. He served in the Army during World War II in special training. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn "Peg" (nee Holmes) Barth of Medina, son, Gary (Liz) Barth of Medina, daughter, Beatrice Uhl of Westerville, grandsons, Scott Barth and Bryon (Angie) Barth, granddaughters, Stephanie Uhl and Jennifer (Thomas) Kirk, great-granddaughter, Genevieve Barth, and brother, Stanley Barth of Litchfield. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Marjorie Barth.

Orville C. Thompson (DVM 1950)

Dr. Orville C. Thompson, 82, Findlay, Ohio, died Dec. 21, 2008. A poultry health consultant, he was president of Orville Thompson & Associates. Following graduation, Dr. Thompson joined Leipsic Veterinary Service in Leipsic, Ohio, where he practiced until 1965. He then began his consulting career in poultry practice. Dr. Thompson was an Air Force veteran of World War II. His wife, Evelyn, four daughters, and a son survive him.

Buell L. Bassette (DVM 1961)

Dr. Buell L. Bassette, 78, Sun City Center, Florida died Dec. 28, 2008. From 1962 until retirement in 1994, he owned the Boxford Animal Clinic in Boxford, Mass. Dr. Bassette is survived by his wife, Beverly, a son, and a daughter.

Jack Ervin Shanks (DVM 1964)

Dr. Jack Ervin Shanks, 75, of Hickory, North Carolina died Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at Frye Regional Medical Center from cancer. Dr. Shanks was born Jan. 27, 1934, in Wilmington, Ohio, a son of the late Carl Harmon and Edith Brown Shanks. Dr. Shanks was a veterinarian and also served in the Korean War. He worked on a cattle ranch in Vermont, where he met and married Nancy Moore of Springfield, Vt., on Sept. 20, 1958. They moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he attended The Ohio State University. He graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1964. He moved to Damascus, Md., and was a resident veterinarian for Col. E. Brooke Lee. He went into private practice years later and had a small animal hospital. He also had a large animal practice, which included the U.S. Naval Academy's Cattle Farm in Annapolis, Md. Dr. Shanks moved to Mocksville in 1978 and had a Hereford cattle ranch as well as practicing a large animal veterinary business. He moved to Hickory in the early 1980s, where he practiced large animal veterinary work and ran a cattle farm on C.B. Farm Road. He was a lifetime member of Montgomery County Fair, past president of Damascus Lions Club, member of Davie County Ruritan Club, past president of Maryland Veterinary Medical Association, board of director of American Bovine Association, a present member of North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association and Virginia Veterinary Medical Association. He was a past member of Maryland and North Carolina Polled Hereford Association, having served as president of both associations. He also was a member of Catawba County Cattlemen's Association. He was active in working with youth in Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina. Dr. Shanks is survived by his wife, Nancy Moore Shanks, son, J.D. Shanks and his wife, Sarah Shanks, of Etters, Pa., daughter, Kimberly Herman and her husband, Todd Herman, of Skiatook, Okla., four grandchildren, David Shanks, Kasey Herman, Rob Shanks and Katie Shanks, brothers, Dr. Carl H. Shanks and his wife, Isabelle Shanks, of Newburg, Ore., and Jerry Shanks and his wife, Susan Shanks, of New Market, Md., sister-in-law, Dorothy Donnelly of Springfield, Vt., niece, Cynthia Robinson of Washington, and nephews, David Shanks of Vancouver, Wash., Bill Shanks of Friday Harbor, Wash., Mark Shanks of Maryland and Brian Donnelly of Lawton, Okla.

Lynn Stone McGrew (DVM 1969)

Dr. Lynn Stone McGrew of Norwich, Vermont died on March 31, 2009 from complications arising from colorectal cancer. He retired in 1999 after having first, a mixed practice, then after 1986 large animal, primarily bovine. After retirement he hiked the Alps, volunteered with USAID, and served Norwich, Vermont on various committees. He was a member of the town select board at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife, Susan.

Richard H. Bottger (DVM 1971)

Dr. Richard H. Bottger, died December 29, 2008. Richard was born July 25, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Marian and Edward Bottger. He was raised on a small farm and considered himself blessed to be raised by absolutely the best parents in the world! Animals were always a big part of his life, and after high school he attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he received his veterinary degree in 1971. He moved to Michigan to practice veterinary medicine, and spent his entire career in the Flint area. He loved his family, woodworking and trout fishing. On May 18, 1996 he married the love of his life, Kathryn Kaza, at St. Paul's Church. He considered himself blessed to have her as his wife. He is survived by his wife Kathryn, brothers Jim (Marilyn) and Bill (Kathie) of Newbury, Ohio, and many nieces and nephews. Rich enjoyed many wonderful friends and always looked forward to being with the gang on "Holy Tuesday." He was very proud of Ron (Angie) Dodge, Bill (Kim) Creed, and Bud Creed, who have been an important part of his life through the Whaley's Children Center and the Big Brother's Program. He also had a soft spot in his heart for his furry family, Frieda, Sophie and Tasha. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents. Richard asked that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Genesee County Humane Society or the Big Brothers Program or the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

Nicholas J. Neutzling (DVM 1974)

Dr. Nicholas J. Neutzling, 60, Sarasota, Florida died Nov. 13, 2008. He owned the Animal Medical Clinic of Gulf Gate in Sarasota, practicing there for more than 30 years. Early in his career, Dr. Neutzling practiced briefly in Athens, Ohio. His son survives him.

Around Campus

Spring graduation ceremony

The Ohio State University spring graduation ceremony will take place on Sunday, June 14 in Ohio Stadium. Astronaut and former Senator John Glenn will be the commencement speaker.

View the schedule of events for the commencement ceremony

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