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Unique collaboration recovers spaniel's hearing

After Sandy Breckenridge started noticing that her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Murphy, stopped responding to normal noises, she took him to see Dr. Peter Scheifele at University of Cincinnati’s FETCH-LAB, the Facility for the Education and Testing of Canine Hearing and Lab Animal Bioacoustics. Scheifele founded FETCH-LAB in 2007 and is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UC. After performing a full hearing examination, Scheifele determined that Murphy’s hearing loss was not caused by hereditary issues and was very unusual, especially since Murphy was only three-and-a-half years old at the time. Scheifele recommended that Breckenridge take a trip to Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center (VMC).

At the VMC, Dr. Lynette Cole, an associate professor in dermatology at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine, diagnosed Murphy with primary secretory otitis media and flushed the mucus out of his middle ears. Upon returning to UC for a follow-up, Murphy and Breckenridge met up with both Dr. Scheifele and Dr. Cole, who happened to be teaching a class together. They then retested Murphy’s hearing and found that it had improved greatly and that he was doing very well. Read more about Murphy's treatment and UC’s FETCH-LAB here.

Dr. Peter Scheifele, Dr. Lynette Cole, Sandy Breckenridge, Murphy and company at UC's FETCH LAB


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.   


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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 2:12pm