Dr. Guillermo Couto, professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, was featured in the August edition of Columbus Monthly. The full article will be available online when the next edition comes out in September. Dr. Couto is one of the world’s leading experts on greyhounds and runs the Greyhound Health and Wellness Program (GHWP) at Ohio State.
The story follows Amhurst, an injured racing greyhound that was brought to The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center. Escaping sure euthanasia, Amhurst fell into the right arms when coming to the college. Racing greyhounds are often euthanized due to the high cost of fixing injuries, but Dr. Couto’s efforts have helped many greyhounds get the treatment they need. A special fund raised from donations will be used to complete the surgery that Amhurst needs to fix a torn ligament and fractured bone. The funds are part of the GHWP, which Dr. Couto uses to help greyhounds. These funds allow emergencies such as this to be paid for, so greyhounds can be treated at no cost to the rescue organization. The animals are then adopted.
Dr. Couto’s love of greyhounds started when he came to Ohio State and met a greyhound in the school’s Gift of Life Animal Blood Bank. The greyhounds in this program lived at the school at the time, and when Dr. Couto met Clyde, he knew Clyde needed a home. So Dr. Couto adopted him. After adopting Clyde and meeting other greyhounds in the program, Dr. Couto learned about greyhounds’ unusual anatomy and has been working to help the breed ever since. Besides all of his work through the college, Dr. Couto also serves as a volunteer for a greyhound shelter in Spain, where he visits and takes veterinary students several times a year.
by Morgan Schunn
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.