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Connect to Veterinary Medicine: September, 2007

September 2007

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

Alumni Reunion Weekend a success!

More than 400 alumni and guests attended the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend events, including dinner and the annual auction on Friday, September 7, and the board meeting, "State of the College" address by Dean Rosol, and tailgate/barbecue on Saturday, September 8. A highlight of weekend was the special CE event held on Thursday, September 6. Alumnus Dr. Ron Lyman (DVM '77) presented a talk on "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Veterinary Medicine," followed by a "Wine, Cheese and Chocolate" reception, which was sponsored by Dr. Lyman in honor of his father, alumnus Dr. John Lyman (DVM '50).

This year, the auction raised nearly $26,000 to support "Projects to Aid the College." At the board meeting, projects selected included the First Year Student Orientation, Big/Little Sibs Picnic, the endowed Veterinary Student Scholarship fund, renovation of conference room 1103 in the Veterinary Medical Center, and the purchase of anesthesiology equipment for the small animal operative practice.

Four Alumni received Alumni Society Recognition Awards

As part of the Reunion Weekend festivities, four distinguished alumni received recognition from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society at the banquet held at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Café on Friday, September 7.

  • Gary Bowman, DVM, Diplomate ACVPM, Class of 1967, Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Ronald Lyman, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, Class of 1977, President, Animal Emergency and Referral Center (AERC), Fort Pierce, Florida;
  • Andrew T. Maccabe, DVM, MPH, JD, Class of 1985, Associate Executive Director, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, Washington, D.C.;
  • William Yakely, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO, Class of 1967, Owner, Animal Eye Clinic of Spokane, Washington.

View brief biographical information about each winner.

View "State of the College" address

Dean Tom Rosol presented a special "State of the College" presentation to alumni on Saturday morning before the tailgate and barbecue that preceded Ohio State's win over Youngstown State.

View the PowerPoint presentation.

Special opportunity for Alumni Society members only

Take the Buckeye Bus Adventure to State College, PA!

Featuring The Ohio State University Buckeyes vs. the Penn State Nittany Lions

This 2-day tour begins October 27, 2007. We will leave The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine at 9:00 a.m. After checking into our hotel, we will head to the Buckeye Bash pre-game tailgate. From there we will walk to Beaver Stadium for the 8:00 p.m. kickoff. After the Buckeye victory over Penn State, our bus will take us back to our hotel where we will spend the night and depart for Columbus on the morning of October 28, 2007.

The tour includes:

  • Luxury motor coach transportation
  • Game ticket in the Ohio State section
  • Ticket to Buckeye Bash near Beaver Stadium
  • One night hotel stay at the Best Western Bedford Inn, including breakfast
  • Bottled water, snacks and entertainment en route

The cost for this tour:

  • $479 per person - Single Occupancy
  • $389 per person - Double Occupancy

Only 46 spaces are available so register now. Visit our website for more information and the registration form.

New faces in administration

Dr. Jennifer Brandt has joined the veterinary student affairs team as Assistant Director for Student Services. Dr. Brandt has a PhD in Social Work from The Ohio State University and over 19 years of experience in clinical social work, research, education and supervision. Dr. Brandt has been associated with the College of Veterinary Medicine since 1998. Prior to that, she worked as a crime and trauma victim advocate and hospital social worker in hospice/palliative care and emergency/critical care. Her enthusiasm and energy make her a dynamic and integral part of the veterinary student affairs team.

Dr. Stephen DiBartola has been appointed Associate Dean for Administration and Curriculum. He will be responsible for reporting required data to the university and national organizations, developing strategic indicators and comparative data analysis, leading strategic initiatives in the college, designing outcomes and curriculum assessments. Dr. DiBartola brings great talent, experience, and enthusiasm to the position. Recently he led the college through a very successful AVMA 7-year reaccreditation.

Changes in Shelter Surgery Rotation

The Shelter Surgery Rotation will be continued under its current format at the Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS). Dr. Larry Hill will continue to serve as faculty clinician for the rotation. The CAHS and the college look forward to this partnership.

NIH Awards in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Three new NIH Career Training Awards have been granted to Drs. Chelsea Martin, Gillian Beamer, and Bevin Zimmerman, all DVMs in the PhD graduate program in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. The goals of NIH-supported career development programs and research service awards are to help ensure that diverse pools of highly trained scientists are available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to address the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. Each award provides support and "protected time" (three, four, or five years) for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. Since 1992, the total number of awards received by department trainees is more than 25.

  • Dr. Gillian Beamer, "Chemokines and their receptors in the pathogenesis of tuberculosis"
  • Dr. Chelsea Martin, "Mechanisms of bone invasion and tumor growth in models of head and neck cancer"
  • Dr. Bevin Zimmerman, "Developing New Mouse Models of ATL for Use in Trials of Targeted Therapies"

NIH Institutional Training Grant

The Department of Veterinary Biosciences has also been recognized by the National Institutes of Health with a renewal of the highly competitive Institutional T-32 Training Grant. The program, "Mouse pathobiology: models of human disease," was funded for an additional 5 years. This grant funds up to six DVMs for graduate training in mouse models of human disease. New recipients of positions on the training grant include Drs. Erin Brannick, Stacey Fossey, and Lisa Gooding.

For more information on NIH Career Awards please visit: their website.
For more information on F series awards visit their website.

For more information about the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, check out their newsletter BIOS.

Student Mentor Program

Want to be a mentor?

The DVMentorship is an opportunity for veterinarians who are passionate about their profession to mentor veterinary students as they make important professional and life choices. The program was developed to foster relationships that will improve professional growth and development of veterinary students through the guidance of a more experienced person in an effort to enhance career satisfaction and success for both mentor and mentee. If you would like to participate in this program by becoming a mentor, please contact April L. Pugh at or (614) 247-1512.

Alumni Updates


  • AAVMC recognizes Dr. Lawrence Heider

Dr. Lawrence Heider (DVM '64) was recognized at the July AVMA meeting at a reception honoring his five years of service as executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Dr. Heider was dean of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), from 1991 to 1998. After his tenure as dean, Dr. Heider became the acting president of UPEI for 1 year. Before joining UPEI, Dr. Heider served on the faculty at Ohio State for 25 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus. The AAVMC coordinates the affairs of the 27 veterinary medical colleges in the United States, the 4 colleges of veterinary medicine in Canada, departments of veterinary science and comparative medicine, animal medical centers, and the University of Glasgow Veterinary School. In his position as executive director, Dr. Heider managed and coordinated the affairs of the Association as they related to the teaching, research, and service missions of the academic veterinary medical community. In addition, he will served as the AAVMC representative to allied educational and research groups, headquartered primarily in the Washington, DC, area.

  • Dr. Stephen Hines (DVM '81) wins Carl Norden Distinguished Teacher Award

Dr. Stephen Hines, (DVM '81) Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, won the 2007 Carl Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, given by Zoetis (formally Pfizer) to the outstanding teacher in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • Dr. Naugle (DVM '98) named Associate National Scrapie Program Coordinator

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services/Veterinary Services (APHIS/ VS) has named Alecia Larew Naugle, DVM, PhD, the Associate National Scrapie Program Coordinator. Dr. Naugle will also serve as the national epidemiologist for the program. A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Naugle practiced in northeast Ohio for a year before returning to Ohio State to earn her PhD in Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Naugle's doctoral program focused on epidemiology, with significant research on Johne's disease in dairy cattle.

In Memoriam

  • Dr James Edward Fox (DVM '46)

Dr. James Edward Fox, Sr., DVM, age 83, of Hoschton, Georgia, died August 21, 2007. Dr. Fox was born in Sycamore, Ohio, the son of the late Noel Vincent and Norma Emma Tschanen Fox. Dr. Fox was of the Presbyterian faith, a 32nd degree Mason and an Army Veteran of World War II. Dr. Fox spent twenty years in private practice and completed his career doing veterinary research. Dr. Fox received the 1994 Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award. Survivors include wife, Alice Jane Andrix Fox of Hoschton; daughter, Carly Fox David of Isle of Palms, South Carolina; two sons, James Edward Fox Jr., Washington, DC, John Andrew Fox of Hoschton; two brothers, Robert Tschanen Fox, Long Beach, California, Charles William Fox of Elyria, Ohio; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

  • Dr. Pamela Marie Chen, (DVM '92)

Pamela Marie Chen passed away quietly on August 5th at her sister's home in Needham, MA from pancreatic cancer. She was 42 years old. A veterinarian and small animal acupuncturist by training, Pam was an avid cyclist and runner, active with the Columbus Running Club as well as Columbus Outdoor Pursuits. She ran in the Boston Marathon and was registered to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge this year. She was a graduate of Needham High School Class of 1983, earned a BS in Biology from Boston College 1987, a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, and certification in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS in 2004. Prior to her diagnosis, Pamela resided in Columbus, Ohio where she practiced at the Powell Veterinary Clinic and also practiced small animal acupuncture privately. Pam loved animals and was a compassionate and empathetic advocate for both her clients and their owners. Pamela was the devoted daughter of Joseph and Michaeline (Fu) Chen of Needham. She is survived by her boyfriend, Gregory Gleason, of Dublin, OH; her siblings, Mark (Meg) of New York City, David of Needham, Thomas (Faith) of Sudbury, Carolyn Lueders (Mark) of Needham, and Philip Chen of Delaware, as well as aunts and cousins. She is also survived by her cats, Emo and Sherman, her dog Dillan, and her horse Shiloh.

  • Lloyd J. Sanders (DVM '48)

From 1953 until retirement in 1979, he owned Dover Animal Hospital in Rockaway, N.J. Earlier in his career, Dr. Sanders practiced in Cleveland, Ohio, and Stelton, N.J. He was a past president of the New Jersey and Metropolitan New Jersey VMAs. Dr. Sanders' wife, Joanne, and three daughters survive him. Memorials may be made to Hospice Savannah Inc., P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.

  • Warren E. "Doc" Buhler (DVM '49)

Warren E. "Doc" Buhler died August 20, 2007 at his Rushville home. He spent 12 years in Nebraska before moving to Mulberry, Ind., where he was a 1939 graduate of Mulberry High School. After graduating from Ohio State 1949, he moved to Rushville where he owned and operated the Buhler Veterinary Hospital from 1950 to 1980. From 1980 to 2003 he served as area veterinarian for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army as an aviation cadet in March 1942. He completed pilot training in October 1942 and became a B-26 Instructor Pilot in November 1942, assigned to the 3rd Bomber Command at McDill Field, Fla. He was assigned to the 394th Bomb Group (M) as a Flight Commander in December 1943 and deployed to England with this group in January 1944. He flew 65 combat missions over Europe in the B-26 prior to returning to the U.S. in January 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal (12 Oak Leaf Clusters). Upon returning to the U.S., he served as an instrument instructor pilot at Laughlin Army Air Field, Texas until separated from active duty in August 1945. In May 1968, Col. Buhler was recalled with the 930th Tactical Airlift Group and later assigned to the 12th USAF Hospital. He arrived in Vietnam in 1968 and assumed duties as Chief of Veterinary Services. He spent 39 years in the Reserves and retired a Colonel from the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving from 1942 to 1947. He was very active in his community of Rushville and Rush County. He was founder of the Rushville Voice for Christ Church, member of the OES-Martha Poe Chapter, Phoenix Lodge No. 62 F. & A.M. Chapel Council, Murat Shrine and Scottish Rite. He was also a board member for Rush Memorial Hospital, 3 Rivers Solid Waste Management District and the Rush County Economic & Community Development Corporation. He served as a Rush County Commissioner from 1988 to 2000. A Past President of the Rushville Lions Club, he was a member of the local VFW, American Legion and Elks Club, all in Rushville. He was also a HAM radio operator and found time this summer to be an assistant Tee-ball coach. He received the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society Recognition Award in 2003 and Sagamore of the Wabash in 2000.

News across campus

University introduces new ad O-H.....I-O

Each year, Ohio State marketing unveils the new ad that will run on the scoreboard and on television during football games. You can view it on the Ohio State home page or by going to the features website. You'll enjoy it! :-)

Vet Med in the News

Virus affecting Ohio deer herd

As the State of Ohio monitored an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in southern Ohio deer, Dr. William Shulaw, Professor in Veterinary Preventive Medicine and an Extension Veterinarian, was called on to discuss the disease and its impact to Ohio wildlife and livestock. He notified state officials of the possible spread of the disease and assisted in the initial diagnosis of EHD in cattle herds in Pike and Highland counties. On September 12, state wildlife officials confirmed an outbreak of the deer virus in Highland County. Since then, cases have also been confirmed in Jackson, Pike, Muskingum, and Washington counties. Potential cases have also been reported in Athens, Hocking, Perry, Morgan, Gallia, Monroe, Ross, and Belmont counties, as well as some suspicious cases in deer and possible cattle north of Interstate 70. Dr. Shulaw has written a news article and has been interviewed by the Ohio Farm Bureau.

Allergies in Pets with Dr. Hillier featured on Channel 10

Yesterday, Channel 10 interviewed Dr. Hillier about allergy season. View a clip of the interview.

Dr. Couto featured in the Washington Post

A recent editorial in the Washington Post complimented Dr. Couto and his team on the treatment of their beloved greyhound. View the article.

Shortage of large animal veterinarians

The August 16th issue of "Buckeye Farms News" carried a story about the national shortage of large animal veterinarians, and quoted Dean Rosol about the college's efforts to address this issue. View the article.

Upcoming Events

The Horse, A Mirror of Man: Parallels in Early Human and Horse Medicine

October 17-31, Veterinary Medicine Library, 2nd floor VMAB

The National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health is loaning the College of Veterinary Medicine a mini-exhibition about the history of medicine through the study of the horse. In addition to showing the historical study of anatomy, the exhibit also demonstrates an early example of "one medicine." More information is available at their website.

Wexner offers William Wegman exhibit: Funney/Strange

More than 200 artworks by famed artist and "inveterate jokester" William Wegman will be on display in the Wexner Center for the Arts Galleries from September 20 through December 30 in a special exhibit called "Funney/Strange" (yes, that's really how it's spelled). This comprehensive 40-year retrospective of Wegman's wryly funny work showcases his photography, painting, collage, and video from the 1960s to the present, including his photographic collaborations with his well known Weimaraners.

"Vets 4 Pets" 5K run/walk hosted by the Class of 2009, October 7

Join the Class of 2009 for the second annual "Vets for Pets" 5K run/walk with proceeds benefiting the Franklin County Dog Shelter and the Class of 2009 on Sunday, October 7. Registration begins at 9:30 and the race starts at 11 a.m. Participants are invited to bring their dogs along, and then stay for "Dog Days at the Wex" at the Wexner Center. Registration information is available at the Vets 4 Pets website. More information about "Dog Days".

Why We Like Dogs (and They Like Us), November 1, 4:30 p.m.

Wexner Center Film/Video Theater

Presented as part of the Funney/Strange exhibit at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Dr. James Serpell, a leading expert in the study of human-animal interactions, will discuss the mutually beneficial relationships between owners and their dogs in relation to Wegman's. His talk is presented in special collaboration with the College of Veterinary Medicine. Serpell is Professor of Humane Ethics and Animal Welfare, and Director of the Center for the Interaction of Animals & Society at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. He is the author of many influential books and articles, including In the Company of Animals and The Domestic Dog: Its Evolution, Behaviour and Interactions with People.

Alumni Reception

Join your colleagues at Funney/Strange!

Dean Tom Rosol cordially invites all alumni 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." 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.

Casual/work attire and as a reminder: No food or drinks are permitted in the galleries. Family members are welcome. Please include the total number in your RSVP.

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

Alumni Reception at the AAEP meeting

You are invited to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Reception at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) meeting on Monday, December 3 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in rooms Sun 1 and 2 from 6-8 p.m. Invitations will be mailed in early November.

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Monday, February 18, 2013 - 11:01am