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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: October-November 2009

October/November 2009

Welcome to the October/November 2009 edition of the Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

News at the College

$3.9 million awarded for renovations in Goss Lab

Principal Investigator Dr. Michael Lairmore, chair and professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and associate director for Basic Sciences in the Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded a $3.9 million construction grant from the National Institutes of Health. Renovation of more than 8,000 square feet on the second floor of Goss Lab will allow utilization of currently unusable space, creating four BSL-2 laboratories, as well as a dedicated rodent phenotyping and infectious necropsy laboratory, and the necessary office support space. The renovated facility will permit the consolidation and integration of the laboratories involved in the $10.9 million Program Project Grant (PPG), awarded in 2008 by the National Cancer Institute. Read more.

Animal Welfare Symposium presentations available on line

Presentations from the successful October symposium, "Building Partnerships to Address Animal Welfare," are now available on-line. This symposium was co-organized by Dr. Candace Croney, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Naomi Botheres, Department of Animal Sciences. Nearly 300 attendees participated in the day-long event, which was held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the Ohio State campus.

Ohio State laminitis experts speak at three international meetings

James Belknap, DVM, PhD, and professor of Equine Surgery, and Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, the Bud and Maryilyn Jenne Professor and chair of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, were invited to speak at the 11th World Congress of the World Equine Veterinary Association in late September. In November, they participated in The Fifth International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot (IECLDF), held in conjunction with the 2nd Annual AAEP Foundation Equine Laminitis Research Workshop (ELRW). Other participants from the college included equine clinical instructors Dr. Teresa Burns and Dr. Britta Leise.

Dr. Michael Lairmore appointed as president of the ACVP

The American College of Veterinary Pathologists has appointed Dr. Michael D. Lairmore as president at the December 2009 concurrent meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathologists in Monterey, California. The ACVP has more than 1,500 members in 17 countries. The American College of Veterinary Pathologists was the first veterinary specialty organization ever established. Read more.

On-Line Continuing Education – FREE COURSE!

To encourage veterinarians to try out the new on-line continuing education opportunities presented by the College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Continuing Education, one course will now be offered free of charge! Hypoadrenocorticism in the dog, presented by Dr. Stephen DiBartola, professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences.

Other new on-line courses now available include:

  • Cancer Reconstructive Surgery, hosted by Christopher Adin, DVM, DACVS, Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. This presentation describes the practical application of reconstructive techniques that are used to close tissue defects after oncologic surgery.
  • Feline Hyperthyroidism, presented by Dr. Stephen DiBartola, hyperthyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of cats.

Evening CE Courses

December 15, 2009
The Microchip World - Recent Advances and Options for Veterinarians
Dr. Linda Lord
More information

Regular Continuing Education courses

  • Digital Radiography
    December 11-13, 2009
    At this meeting digital imaging in all its forms will be presented. Participants will be able to evaluate various digital imaging modalities and be in a position to better evaluate the various digital imaging products that are available. At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees should be able to evaluate a product data sheet and understand how the various features of the system impact on the quality of the image and how it was generated. More information

Dean Lonnie King continues his bi-weekly updates

Dr. Lonnie King has completed his first quarter as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He continues to provide the faculty and staff with bi-weekly updates of activities and initiatives. "Notes from the Dean's Office" are posted on the web page after they are sent to college personnel via email.

Upcoming Events

Happy holidays!

The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine offices will be closed on December 24, December 25 and January 1 (in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day). The Veterinary Hospital will remain open for emergencies 24 hours per day, every day, through the holidays.

North American Veterinary Conference Alumni Reception

If you are attending North American, please plan to join Dean Lonnie J. King at the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Reception, on Sunday, January 17, at the Marriott World Center Crystal Ballroom M, from 7 to 9 p.m. Please RSVP by Sunday, January 10 to or call 614-292-9296.

Alumni Updates

Happy Anniversary to the Bakers!

Dr. Robert F. (DVM ’42) and Mrs. Mary Place Baker, of Wapakoneta, celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary on September 27, 2009. Dr. Baker, the 1994 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award granted by the Ohio Animal Health Foundation of the Ohio Veterinary Medication Association, now retired, practiced veterinary medicine in Spencerville and Cridersville, Ohio.

The Bakers are the parents of five children: Dr. Ellen (Dr. John Doolittle) Baker of Washington, DC; John (Bernadine) Baker of Columbus; Dr. Ann (DVM ‘77) (Dr. Fred Ryan) Baker of Lima; Bruce (Pam) Baker of Buckland; and Martha Baker of Lima. They have six grandchildren: Sarah Baker (Mark) Franks, Alexis Baker, Andrew Baker, Vanessa Baker, Aaron Baker, and Elizabeth Ryan (Ohio State, Class of 2013).

Dr. and Mrs. Baker are founding members of the Cridersville Historical Society, and members of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta.

In Memoriam

Dr. McClain C. (Mac) Jackson, DVM 1953

Dr. McClain C. (Mac) Jackson passed away on Oct. 30, 2009. He was born on April 26, 1921 in Pleasant Plain, Ohio to Ada Irene Rider and Heber Ketchum Jackson. Dr. Jackson served in the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer during WWII. After serving in the U.S. Navy he obtained his degree from Ohio State University in Veterinary Medicine in 1953. He established a large and small animal practice in Montpelier, IN for 15 years. He then obtained further training to become a USDA Meat Inspection Supervisor. He retired in 1988. They moved to Loveland, CO in 1998 from Columbus, Indiana. He was a devoted loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Florence (Meier) of 60 years; four children, Robert Jackson and his wife Cathy, Steve Jackson, John Jackson all of Loveland, and daughter Susan Shrout and husband Rick of Berthoud; three grandchildren, David Boone and wife Bonnie of Chico, CA, Dustin Jackson and wife Ashley of Colorado Springs and Colton Jackson of Greeley; and three great-grandchildren, Aislinn, Ian, and Loki. Memorial contributions may be made to Loveland Good Samaritan in care of Resthaven Funeral Home.

Lauretta Christine "Retta" Payne, DVM 1985

Lauretta Christine "Retta" Payne, 50, Berlin, died Nov. 24, 2009 at home with her family. She was born May 8, 1959 in Passaic, New Jersey, daughter of Lawrence and Corinne (Gerold) Finckenor. Survived by her parents of Blacksburg, Va.; her husband of 24 years, Jeffrey; children: Matthew and Christopher; sister of: Barbara Jacko and husband John, Martinsburg, W.Va. and Jeffrey Finckenor married to the former Miria Gilmore, Huntsville, Ala.; daughter-in-law of Theon "Ted" and Janet Payne, Liberty Center, Ohio; sister-in-law of James Payne and wife Peggy, Walla Walla, Wash.; Daniel Payne and wife Victoria, Perrysburg, Ohio; Leslie White and Sarah Payne, both of Toledo, Ohio; and nine nieces and nephews. She was a 1981 graduate of Cook College (Rutgers University) and a 1985 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was a veterinarian at Somerset Veterinary Hospital. Member of St. Gregory's Catholic Church, Macdonaldton where she was a, substitute Sunday School Teacher. A longtime treasurer of the Allegheny Plateau Audubon Society; regional coordinator for the Pa. Breeding Bird Atlas; member of the American Veterinary Medical Association; Somerset County Conservancy; New Jersey Audubon Society; Collie Club of America; a 22-year veteran of the fundraising and competitive World Series of Birding; and many other "citizen scientist" ornithological endeavors. Former Cub Scout leader and committee advancement chair for the Berlin Cub Scouts. Memorial contributions may be given to the Somerset County Conservancy, P.O. Box 241, Somerset, PA 15501.

Dr. Richard K. "Rick" Selby, DVM 1964

Dr. Richard K. "Rick" Selby of Louisville, passed away in September 2009 at Glen Ridge Health Campus, with his family by his side. He was a native of Paducah, KY and a veterinarian with South End Veterinary Clinic. He was a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1964, a past president of Weimaraner Club of Greater Louisvillie and was awarded the lifetime achievement award from the ASPCA. He loved his work with dogs and horses especially.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Leonard and Gladys Evanson Selby. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Barbara Bohanon Selby; children, Kristi Pennypacker (Bill), Karen Selby, Kim Grow (Jeff), Eric Selby (Donna), Scott Miller; brother, Robert Selby (Maureen), sister, Jacqueline Moore; grandchildren, Jessica, Kaylee, Zachary, Brady, Jake, GennaRae and Dalton. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Louisville Weimaraner Rescue.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 8:40am