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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: October/November 2007

October/November 2007

Welcome to the October/November 2007 edition of Connect to Veterinary Medicine, the latest news and information from the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Boris-Lawrie Chosen as AAAS Fellow

Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie, professor of veterinary biosciences and of molecular virology, immunology, and medical genetics, was chosen as one of the 15 Ohio State University faculty to be honored as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for her distinguished contributions to the field of molecular virology, particularly in defining post-transcriptional control protein and RNA elements that modulate retrovirus replication and cell growth. This brings the number of AAAS Fellows in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences to seven, including Dr. Charles Capen, Dr. Patrick Green, Dr. Michael Lairmore, Dr. Larry Mathes, Dr. Yasuko Rikihisa, and Dr. Tom Rosol.

Read the complete Ohio State University news story.

Student Receives Prestigious Award

Justin Kieffer, a third-year veterinary medicine student, is a recipient of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Student Recognition Award. This is a highly competitive award and is open to third-year students in all United States and Canadian colleges of veterinary medicine. AABP gives only five of these each year and the criteria include work experience, academic achievement, professional experiences, and career goals. Justin received the award and financial stipend at the 2007 AABP Annual Convention in Vancouver, Canada, September 19-22. He is the fourth recipient from Ohio State to win the award since its creation three years ago.

Donald Krueger Named New Director of Information Technology

Mr. Donald A. Krueger has been named the new Director of Information Technology to the College. He was Director of Technology for the University of Minnesota Labovitz School of Business and Economics prior to his recruitment to the CVM. His past responsibilities have included management as a director, strategy and policy development, educational support, formation of a university consortium, industry consultation, head of operations, team building, human resources, and software engineering. Information technology and systems form a critical foundation for our continued progress. A new hospital information system and medical records database will be one of our highest priorities.

Rosol Appointed to National USDA Advisory Board

Tom Rosol, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, was appointed by Secretary of Agriculture Charles Conner recently to represent the American Colleges of Veterinary Medicine on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board for three years. The NAREEEAB provides advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics. Each of the 31 board members represents a specific category of U.S. agricultural stakeholders, as mandated by Congress. The advisory board also consults with appropriate agricultural committees of the U.S. Congress.

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Dr. Stromberg Contributes Guest Editorial

In the September 2007 issue of Compendium, Dr. Paul Stromberg, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and past president of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, contributed an article titled, "Why you should consider becoming a veterinary pathologist."

With their permission that article is now available in PDF format on our website.

American Kellen Club Awards Grant

Drs. Linda Lord, William Kisseberth, Laura Rush and Cheryl London received $10,335 from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation for their proposal "Analysis of canine urine and plasma for anthocyanins and ellagic acid in 10 healthy dogs fed freeze-dried black raspberries for a one week feeding trial."

Upcoming Continuing Education Courses

For more information including classes, go to the Office for Continuing Education website or call 614-292-8727.

  • December 1-2, 2007 Annual Food Animal Conference
  • December 6, 2007 Equine Shipped Semen
  • December 7-9, 2007 Equine Breeding Management
  • December 18, 2007 Small Animal CE Series: Practical Pathology for the Practitioner
  • January 5-6, 2008 Basic and Advanced Veterinary Ultrasound
  • January 15, 2008 Small Animal CE Series: Endocrinology
  • January 15, 2008 Equine Owner, Breeder and Caretaker CE Series
  • January 26-27, 2008 Canine Theriogenology

Greyhound Health and Wellness

The Autumn 2007 issue of the Greyhound Health and Wellness Newsletter is now available.

In Memoriam

Dr. Steuart Hartshorne Ligon, Class of 1973

Born in Sandy Spring, Maryland on March 10, 1946, he was a son of Dr. Charles Hartshorne Ligon MD and Roberta Shaw Ligon. He was a graduate of Sandy Spring Friends School, the University of Delaware, and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was a member of Alpha Zeta, an honors agriculture fraternity. He practiced veterinary medicine first in Waynesboro, Virginia before starting his own practice, Lovingston Veterinary Hospital, in Nelson County. He was also an active supporter of the Almost Home Adoption Program of the Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County for over 25 years. He was a long-standing member of the American Border Collie Association and of the Virginia Border Collie Association. He was founding director of the Fall Fiber Festival and Montpelier sheep dog trial. He is survived by his wife, LaRayne Harper Ligon; his sons, Markley G. Ligon of Newark, Delaware and Gordon S. Ligon of Millboro Springs, Virginia; his daughters, Kellas Ligon Wechsler of Marysville, Pennsylvania, Jennifer Ligon Blosser of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Jessica L. Ligon of Blacksburg, Virginia; his granddaughter, Samantha G. Wechsler; father, Charles H. Ligon and his wife, Kay, of El Cerrito, California; brother, Jim Ligon of Sandy Spring, Maryland; and sister, Effie Ligon of Yelm, Washington.

Dr. Glenn F. Irwin, Class of 1945

Dr. Irwin, 84, Bellefontaine, Ohio, died Feb. 13, 2007. Retired since 2002, he was the founder of Irwin Animal Hospital in Bellefontaine. Dr. Irwin is survived by his wife, Ruth; a son; and three daughters. His son, Dr. Timothy C. Irwin (OSU '81), practices at Irwin Animal Hospital. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43216.

Dr. Richard A Novak, Class of 1971

Dr. Novak, 60, of Russell Twp., Ohio, died November 24, 2007. Beloved husband of Maureen (nee Sweet), loving father of Heather (Scott) Fitzhugh and Halle (James) Paauw and grandfather of Joshua; devoted son of Louis (deceased) and Yolanda Novak; dear brother of Louis Novak, Laurie (Peter) Weinberger and Ralph (Kristi) Novak; brother-in-law of Dianne Sweet; cherished uncle of Kelly and Adam Weinberger and Amber, Kristopher and Kyle Novak; and son-in-law of Charles and Bertha (deceased) Sweet. Countless pets also benefited from his care. He was a member of Parkside Church. Dr. Novak was President of the Geauga Veterinary Assn.; member of AQHA, OQHA, AVMA and OVMA. He owned Dr. Richard A. Novak Inc. of Russell Twp. for 30 years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Fieldstone Farm, Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 23129, Chagrin Falls, 44023.

Alumni Updates


Hancock County Recognizes Disaster Volunteers

In September, Ohio Citizen Corps held a ceremony in Findlay, Ohio to honor a few special volunteers who came forward to help fellow citizens after August flooding left parts of the city in ruins. One honoree, Dr. Emily Walton, (DVM '81), a Findlay veterinarian and Hancock County Commissioner, was recognized for her work as a member of the Hancock County Medical Reserve Corps, a program of the Citizen Corps. According to an article by Denise Grant in the "Findlay Courier," the Citizen Corps was created to help coordinate volunteer activities and provide opportunities for people to participate in activities that help make families, homes and communities safer from the threats of crime and disasters. Dr. Walton was recognized for her efforts coordinating the county's emergency operations center for two weeks following the disaster. In addition to serving her community, she also serves the College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the admissions committee.

Wisconsin Veterinarian Honored by American Association of Bovine Practitioners

Dr. Garrett R. Oetzel, a Food Animal Production Medicine veterinarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, received the 2007 AABP Alpharma Award of Excellence during the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada on September 22. The award, established in 1989, recognizes a veterinarian in academia, industry or public practice who has had a consistent and direct influence on daily activities of veterinarians in bovine practice. According to Dr. Glen Johnson, veterinarian from Reedsburg, WI who presented the award during the meeting, Dr. Oetzel is part of a truly elite food animal production medicine faculty. He noted that Dr. Oetzel has shared an enormity of information on significant issues facing the dairy industry such as hypocalcemia, anionic salts, subacute ruminal acidosis, rumenocentesis, ketosis, and herd based testing.

Dr. Oetzel joined the Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He earned his DVM from The Ohio State University in 1981, then completed a residency and earned his MS degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in Middleton, WI with his wife and two daughters.

Other Updates

Jones to Assume Pivotal Position at AVMA

The promotion of a staff person to fill a new position approved by the Executive Board in June is the first step toward creating stimulating new online features and programs to increase the usefulness and appeal of JAVMA for American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) members, especially recent graduates.

On Oct. 3, Dr. Althea A. Jones moved into the Publication Division's newly created position of online professional services editor. In her new role, Dr. Jones will translate into various online formats much of what is published in the Veterinary Medicine Today and Scientific Reports sections of the JAVMA as well as articles published in the AJVR. She will create virtual journals of articles on single topics, and to further engage readers, Dr. Jones will explore features and programs ranging from opinion polls and self-study exercises to continuing education offerings for veterinarians and roundtable discussions on professional topics.

Dr. Jones brought to the AVMA her experience as Internet services manager for Veterinary Learning Systems and as a clinical practitioner in Maine and Ohio. Before earning her DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1996, she worked at Apple Computer Inc. for seven years.

Job Availability

Indiana State Racing Commission

The State of Indiana is seeking a veterinarian to serve Indiana horse racing tracks, including overseeing the Commission's equine testing procedures, monitoring compliance of track and practicing veterinarians, and enforcement of the Commission's regulations. The incumbent will also be responsible for the supervision of programs and personnel within the Commission's test barn, blood gas laboratory and Salix administration scheduling. The work schedule for this position will be evenings, weekends and holidays during racing season (April-November). The remainder of the year, the work schedule will be Monday-Friday. The incumbent must be decisive and capable of making decisions of an emergency nature in the absence of the appointing authority of the agency. The successful candidate must monitor emerging equine health problems and special directives, which would include working and/or coordinating with the Indiana Board of Health and any other federal agency regarding reportable equine diseases.

To apply for this position visit our website.

News Across Campus

OSU ranked No. 11 for research spending

Business First of Columbus, October 9, 2007
Ohio State University has inched closer to cracking the Top 10 for research expenditures at U.S. universities.

Read the article.

Vet Med in the News

"Art and Science of Dogs"

President Gee hosts a "pre-game brunch" before many Ohio State home football games. On November 10, before the Illinois game, the College of Veterinary Medicine was featured at Mershon Auditorium in conjunction with William Wegman's "Funney/Strange" exhibit, in a program called, "The Art and Science of Dogs." Page Gordon, third year DVM student, and President of SCAVMA, introduced several client-owned "celebrity" dogs as part of the program, and told about college research in oncology (represented by "Maggie," currently being treated for cancer) our special Greyhound Health and Wellness program (with Bosha) and our outreach efforts (with Annabelle, who was rescued from the streets of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina).

Greyhounds at Ohio State

On Monday, November 5, 24 retired racing greyhounds arrived at the College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital to begin a new life. Supported in part through a partnership with Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, students and veterinarians provided routine medical care for the animals, who came from tracks in Kansas. All 24 greyhounds were placed for adoption or in foster homes. The story was covered by Channel 4, The Lantern, the student-run newspaper at Ohio State, and a weekly student newspaper called, U Weekly.

Read the U Weekly article.

Read The Lantern article.

Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center offers expanded services

Columbus Dispatch Higher Education Blog, November 16, 2007
Ohio State University's small-animal veterinary practice has expanded its hours to better meet the needs of the community.

Read the article.

Animal Clinic Northview renowned for care

Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 27, 2007
This story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer quoted Dr. Rustin Moore, chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and featured alumnus Dr. Robert Hutchison.

Read the article.

Upcoming Events

Alumni Receptions

Join your colleagues at Funney/Strange!

Dean Tom Rosol cordially invites all alumni and friends of the College of Veterinary Medicine to attend a reception at the Wexner Center for the Arts on Wednesday, December 12 from 5 – 7 p.m. Plan to enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar in the Wexner Café, and take a tour of "Funney/Strange," the retrospective exhibit of William Wegman's career. Most known for his quirky photos of Weimaraners, the exhibit also includes paintings, collage and video from the 1960s to the present, including his photographic collaborations with his well known Weimaraners. Guided tours are available from the Wexner Center at 5:30 and 6, and you are welcome to walk around the gallery on your own as well. Family members are welcome – please include the total number in your RSVP. As a reminder: No food or drinks are permitted in the galleries.

Please RSVP by Friday, December 7 to Please indicate if you're interested in a guided tour and your preferred time slot.

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