Connect to Veterinary Medicine: October 2006

October 2006

Welcome to Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information about the College of Veterinary Medicine!

What's going on at the college in October? In this issue, we'll talk about the Alumni Reunion Weekend, Oncology news, new faculty diplomates, greyhound care, animal research, and annual AABP conference awards.

Alumni Reunion weekend, September 1 and 2

Alumni who returned to campus for reunion events had a new option this year: University-sponsored activities showcasing new buildings and undergraduate programs. All the regular events in the College of Veterinary Medicine - dinner on Friday night, silent auction, live auction, Saturday tailgate before an Ohio State victory – were further enhanced by the presentation of Alumni Recognition Awards on Friday at the Buckeye Hall of Fame café, and a talk by the dean on Saturday, offering alumni insight into college activities.

Details and pictures

Welcoming the class of 2010

Entering first-year Vet Med students are the class of 2010. Thanks to our sponsors, including the Alumni Society of the College of Veterinary Medicine, students started their first year with activities designed to help them get to know their new classmates.

Photos and sponsor list

News from Oncology

The Oncology Section of the College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital has started a new informative "Oncology Quarterly which will be posted on the Web. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide additional information to referring veterinarians, including updates on current clinical trials and contact information on staff. In addition, the newsletter features a special column, "What is your diagnosis? offering a case study, complete with lab results, X-rays and the final diagnosis by the clinical staff.

Full newsletter

Congratulations to our new Diplomates

In the training of veterinary specialists, there is a clear standard of excellence in the formof the certification examination. Recent testing for specialty practice fields shows the remarkable levels of expertise demonstrated by graduates of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) include: Dr. Ellen Belknap, Dr. Terah Robbin, Dr. Vanessa Kuonen.

Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) Drs. Deana Schaefer, Tracey Papenfuss and Kimberly Newkirk who successfully completed all 4 parts of the Certification Examination of the last week in Ames, Iowa; Dr. Schaefer in Clinical Pathology and Drs. Papenfuss and Newkirk in Anatomic Pathology.

As Michael Lairmore, chair of the Department of Veterinary Biosciences has observed, Ohio State appears to be distinguishing itself in the training and preparation of veterinary specialists. Thesuccessof thesestudentsis yetanotherstep towardour goalof becoming the finest veterinary medical training programin North America. Please take the opportunity to congratulate these young professionals who have, in distinguishing themselves, also distinguished their College and University.

Vet Med in the News

Hospital provided care for rescued Greyhounds

The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center performed spays and neuters for Greyhounds rescued from a Juárez, Mexico racetrack by several Greyhound Adoption organizations in August. According to Dr. Guillermo Couto, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, the spay/neuter clinic was a "win-win situation - retired dogs from the racetrack obtained quality health care, and the veterinary students benefited from more experience performing the surgeries. All of the dogs were adopted after recovery.

Greyhound Health and Wellness site

Animal Shelter Survey shows dogs fare better than cats

Linda Lord, a research fellow in veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University, was the lead author in a new survey of animal shelters across Ohio. Data they collected was compared with a similar study conducted 10 years ago. The outlook for sheltered dogs has improved considerably in the last decade, but conditions have deteriorated for cats. "We saw a dramatic drop in the number of dogs euthanized, which we didn't expect to see, said Lord. "But the survey showed that we are losing ground with cats.

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Awards given at annual AABP Conference

Several Ohio State veterinary students were recognized at the recent conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners in St. Paul, MN.

Fourth-year students Mary (Em) Mowrer and Aaron Wise received the AABP Student Recognition Award for academics, leadership, and involvement in bovine medicine. Two of our third-year students, Gabe Middleton and Justin Keiffer, received $2,000 Amstutz Scholarships, named in honor of past Ohio State faculty member Dr. Harold Amstutz. In addition, Justin was chosen for the Student Case Presentation competition.