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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: May 2010

May 2010

Welcome to the May 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

Hayes Graduate Research Forum Winners

The outstanding scientific research being conducted in the College of Veterinary Medicine was featured in May at the Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum where three students from the college were recognized for their work. Now in its 24th year, the Hayes Graduate Research Forum is co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Students, the Graduate School, and the Office of Research. The 24th annual forum included research from numerous participants from nearly every graduate program at The Ohio State University. View the winners

Applications Being Accepted for the Veterinary Public Health Master's Degree

With the realization that nearly 80 percent of emerging diseases are likely to be zoonotic (moving from an animal population to humans), the Master's of Public Health in Veterinary Public Health was developed to prepare public health professionals to better protect the communities they serve. This partnership between the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health offers students specialized instruction in the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, as well as training in food safety, biosecurity, and environmental health. More information

Goss Lab Construction Grant Featured in "Frontiers"

The Spring/Summer 2010 Issue of "Frontiers," a publication of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, featured grants provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), including a construction grant for $3.9 million that will fund the renovation of space within Goss Laboratory. More information

Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship Awarded for Feline Canine Research

The Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) granted an Amanda Feline Fellowship to Dr. Smitha Pillai to study oral cancer treatment. She will receive $100,000 for her two-year fellowship. Her fellowship is one of only two awarded by the MAF this year (the other went to research at Colorado State University). Dr. Pillai is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in feline cancer pathogenesis and treatment at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Rosol, professor in the Department Veterinary Biosciences. She is examining a potential treatment for feline oral squamous cell carcinoma.  More information

Pink Week Follow-Up

A College of Veterinary Medicine team participated in the Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, May 15. A variety of educational and fundraising events were held during the week preceding the race. Money raised was donated to the Stefanie Spielman Breast Cancer Fund and Komen Columbus. The committee wishes to thank the many people who attended the events and made the entire week a success. For more details

Veterinary Medicine in the News  

Bosco Brief

Bosco, a Zanesville, Ohio police K-9, was recently featured on Channel 6 news. He continues to come to the Veterinary Medical Center for physical rehabilitation. Bosco was shot on August 23, when Officer Mike Schiele attempted to arrest a Zanesville man on a misdemeanor warrant. View the video: (Scroll to the May 4, 2010 update)   

Upcoming Events

Only a few spaces remain! 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. Registration for the 2010 Annual Golf Outing is limited to the first 144 paid golfers, so be sure to register today.

Golf outing registration.

Kinsale Spa (for the non-golfer during the Annual Golf Outing on June 23, 2010)

  • Fees and Services
    • Cost: $100 per person*
    • Spa Services: This includes the daily guest fee at Kinsale pool plus Kinsale Signature Spa Cocktail (1 ½ hour Manicure and Pedicure) or 60 minute Kinsale Signature Massage, use of Spa whirlpools, steam room, locker rooms and lounges. (*does not include gratuity for services)
    • Spa Lunch
    • Dinner: Join the golfers for dinner as they arrive back at the club house. 

To reserve your space, email Michelle Harcha at

Celebrate 125 Years of Veterinary Medicine, September 10 - 12, 2010

The annual Alumni Reunion Weekend will be held September 10-12, 2010. This year we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the college. We will hold the annual Friday class reunions, banquet and auctions at the newly opened Ohio Union. The Ohio State Buckeye football game on Saturday, September 11 features a matchup against the Miami of Florida Hurricanes. The Ohio State University Alumni Association is providing a limited number of tickets to the Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society. 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 in July. Updates

Alumni News

Changes in Accreditation

A change in requirements to federal accreditation for veterinarians takes effect soon. You must submit the accreditation application before the August 2, 2010 deadline or risk loss of accreditation not only in Ohio but any other state. If you are now accredited but have not yet applied for continued Veterinary Accreditation, you can find the details at the APHIS web site.

The van Bakeren Foundation Supports "One Health"

Join the van Bakeren Foundation (vBF) for "Celebrating One Health" at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 6-9:30 p.m. Veterinarians, physicians, public health professionals, and the general public are invited to discuss the problems of zoonotic diseases with an emphasis on roundworms.

Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine alumna Anna M. van Heeckeren, DVM, MS (DVM 1993) is executive director and founder of the non-profit foundation established in 2008. Based on the One Health concept, the organization is committed to increasing interdisciplinary research collaborations and communications between veterinary and human medical professionals for the advancement of both animal and human medicine.

A roundtable discussion held in January 2010 with veterinarians, clinicians, researchers and other professionals resulted in a decision to choose "eradicating zoonotic diseases caused by roundworms" as the initial research focus of vBF. Roundworm is commonly found in dogs and cats, which poses a risk to human health, and relatively little is done to educate the public about this threat.

"Celebrating One Health" speakers and panelists

Across Campus

Participate in Pelotonia

The annual Pelotonia event promises to attract more bicycle enthusiasts including Ohio State faculty, staff, and alumni as well as neighbors, friends and family to ride, volunteer and donate. Know that 100 percent of every dollar raised through this great event goes directly to cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Last year's inaugural Pelotonia raised $4.5 million and was the experience of a lifetime for many who participated. The funds raised will change the lives of patients and their families. More information and to sign up to participate

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 8:40am