In a recent case at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, a horse presented with symptoms of red maple leaf toxicity. Clinicians in Equine Medicine and Small Animal Internal Medicine collaborated in the VMC’s first-ever use of hemodialysis.
The Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic opened June 1, 2021, as the new home for the Veterinary Medical Center’s community practice team. The 26,000 sq. foot facility offers natural-lighting in the expansive lobby and reception area; 9 exam rooms – including two dedicated to feline use; separate cat and dog waiting areas and wards; 2 surgical suites and pre- and post-surgical care areas; a full dental suite; a separate entrance and exam room for pets with behavioral needs; spacious treatment room; imaging, medication dispensary and lab areas.
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center in Dublin was recently featured on Fox's Good Day Columbus. View the segment to learn about the services available for cats and dogs through our easily accessible Dublin facility. View here. Please select CC (closed caption) if not sound available.
The VMC has launched an electronic referral portal, rVetLink from IDEXX, and laboratory information request portal, Core One from Trace First to improve access for our referral partners.
Dear Referral Partner,
The New Year brings exciting news from The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center!
We are happy to announce that Care Credit is now accepted within our companion (Columbus and Dublin), equine and farm hospitals.
A new, digital cytology service is now available to referring veterinarians through the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC).
Use of the new service does require veterinarians to participate in a training workshop prior to submitting samples to ensure optimum sample quality.
Once trained, veterinarians may submit between 2 and 25 images per site. Each site should be submitted on a separate digital form.
Cost is $40 per site, which is why prerequisite training is important.
Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center- Dublin adds specialty service
Beginning July 16, the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center in Dublin will offer pets in need of specialty eye care greater access to board-certified, veterinary ophthalmologists, due to the expansion of our service beyond our campus location to our Dublin facility. This service expansion complements the recently expanded orthopedic surgery service within the Dublin facility.
As you may be aware from recent media reports, there has been a voluntary recall of select Hill’s Pet Nutrition canned dog food products due to elevated levels of Vitamin D. The specific products affected may be found here: www.hillspet.com/productlist. The recall does not include any dry dog foods, cat food (dry or canned) or treats.
Recently, the kitchen at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center nutrition center underwent a transformation thanks to a generous gift from global pet care leader Purina. The upgrade has allowed the Veterinary Medical Center to stock more diets and to centralize diet options that historically were stored within each specialty area.
According to Dr. Valerie Parker, associate professor-clinical in the small animal internal medicine and nutrition service, the new kitchen benefits pets during their stay and when they head home too.
An Ohio State rehabilitation veterinarian is teaming up with researchers across the nation to develop canine wearable technology that could help prevent injuries in agility dogs.
The veterinarians told Taylor Ritchey the words no pet owner ever wants to hear: “Your dog has aspiration pneumonia and a 20% chance of survival.” Back in October 2022, her dog, Marley, spent seven intensive days on a mechanical ventilator and ten days in Ohio State’s Veterinary Medical Center.
Vincent Riley’s mom rescued a Pomeranian mix named Coco in 2016. Coco's previous caregiver had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and was no longer able to take care of her. When Vincent’s mom passed away at the end of 2017, he became Coco's full-time caregiver. In mid to late December 2021, he noticed Coco had pulled out most of her fur on her rear end and it looked swollen. Feeling concerned, he took her to the local veterinarian because he thought she might have an infected anal gland.
Lily was a stray cat that ended up at the Krouskoupf family’s house one day. She was severely malnourished with hundreds of maggots in two open wounds on her body but all she wanted was for the family to pet her.
When Patricia Smith first saw a photo of a white kitten on Petfinder, she knew it was meant to be. As a child, she had a white cat stuffed animal and always wanted to adopt a kitten that matched.
Patricia quickly fell in love with the kitten, who she described as sweet, lazy and the cuddliest cat possible, and named her Ghost. The two formed an immediate bond. Ghost would cry if Patricia stayed up too late and wasn’t curled up with her in bed.
Patricia credits Ghost with helping her through a major depressive episode.
Amy Stallworth adopted Captain, a Siberian Husky mix, ten years ago and it was love at first site. When she found out Captain had cancer, she was heartbroken.
The Ritchey family came together to give their dog the best possible care during her time of need.
Larry Ballengee, a semi-truck driver, never expected to come home from a trip with a new best friend.
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) participated in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) national service animal eye exam event this May 2022, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Dr. Michelle Carman, a Farm Animal Medicine & Surgery Resident, delivered triplet calves in early January 2022.
Some families choose their dogs, other times, the dog chooses the family. Peter, the dapple colored dachshund chose Angela and her two young daughters. They adopted Peter as a puppy from a family friend in 2010 and he’s been the best dog ever since. Peter’s family jokes that he is a big dog trapped in a small dog’s body. “Peter loves to get attention from anyone who will pet him, and he is the sweetest boy you will ever meet!” Peter’s mom, Angela said.
When U.S. armed forces veterans Darrell and Rhonda Victor found a beautiful white shepherd mix hiding under their car on Sept. 28, 2011, they knew right away that the cold, scared puppy was meant to be theirs. Taking their time to earn the timid and slightly aggressive dog’s trust, they brought her into their home and family, which was the start of a mutual healing journey.
The Comparative Ophthalmology Service at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) offers comprehensive care for companion and equine animals with eye abnormalities providing a variety of services such as
Michael Wernimont’s experience with The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) began when his two cats, Zachary and Jacob, were diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Zachary had a series of tests and procedures at a local veterinary office where he was diagnosed with stage three chronic kidney disease. At that time, Michael was told to take Zachary to the VMC for a consult regarding dialysis. After several hours of consultation, new blood work and scans, it was decided that Zachary would start dialysis treatment.
The new Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care primary care teaching clinic was featured on Good Day Marketplace. Learn more about this exciting, hands on experience for students of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State.
At The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, our Orthopedic Surgery Service sees pets every day who are dealing with the pain associated with arthritis.
We recently spoke with world-renowned orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Dyce about the Orthopedic Surgery Service and how support from donors can help.
Freedom, a rescued golden retriever, had an injured leg. He saw Dr. Jones in our Orthopedic Surgery Service who recommended amputating his leg. Today, Freedom is thriving with three legs, practicing physical therapy in his mom's swimming pool.
Amy Karnehm noticed a change in her dog Candi’s behavior in spring 2019 after she had a dental cleaning and extraction, then experienced a fall. Candi’s eye was swollen, and her veterinarian couldn’t fit them in for an appointment. Karnehm was able to get Candi an appointment at another clinic in the area. That clinic performed an ultrasound and x-rays which showed Candi had a detached right retina, but no masses or any reason for the issues. The veterinarian recommended an MRI to investigate what was causing the issues.
While enjoying the holiday season, remember, not everything people enjoy is going to be safe for our beloved pets.
M. Leanne Lilly, DVM, DAVCB, assistant professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, shares some recommendations on how to keep your pets safe this holiday season.
National Radiologic Technology Week occurs annually in November, commemorating the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on Nov. 8, 1895. This discovery led to his winning the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. This year, during the week of Nov. 8-14, we celebrate and salute the valuable contributions of radiologic technologists, technicians, assistants and radiation therapy professionals who play a vital role in large and small animal patient care at the Veterinary Medical Center.
The Veterinary Medical Center’s pharmacy team plays a vital role in the advanced level of care offered throughout our hospitals. Our pharmacists and technicians ensure that all medication use is optimal, safe and effective for all patients at all times. The team fills an astounding number of prescriptions annually – approximately 55,000 - for clients of the medical center, including inpatient and outpatient orders for all companion (dogs, cats), farm and equine patients.
Registered veterinary technicians are trained, licensed and registered to work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to assist in special procedures and patient care. Their role is very similar to the role nurses serve in human healthcare. Some of our technicians also have additional training and certification in a specialty field of veterinary medicine. Veterinary assistants assist the technicians and veterinarians in providing care to patients.
During the week of October 3-7, the Veterinary Medical Center celebrates Customer Service Appreciation Week in honor of the men and women who comprise our customer service teams: hospital front desk team members (Companion, Farm, Equine, Spectrum of Care and Dublin), our call center team, our service liaisons, and our parking attendant.
In an effort to ensure a safe environment for all animal owners, visitors and VMC team members, we ask that you please avoid visiting our hospitals if you are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms, including a fever greater than 100.4 degrees and a cough, or if you or someone you have been in contact with have travelled to an affected area within the last 14 days. If your animal has an upcoming appointment, please call us and we will be happy to get you rescheduled at a later date.
If at all possible, in the event of an emergency, we ask that you please call ahead to (614) 292-3551.
Please note, clients are now able to park and wait in the lot outside the main entrance to the companion animal hospital on Vernon L Tharp Street.
Sarcoma is a type of cancer that can appear in different areas of our dogs or cats. They typically appear as firm, subcutaneous (under the skin) masses, which may be located on the extremities, trunk, head or neck.
Our Pet Hero Keela featured in this article about one of the clinical trials the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office is working with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Click here for more info.
Like many people who first become interested in showing and breeding dogs—in their case, the extremely large, lovable breed of mastiffs— John and Camron Priest found they had a steep learning curve to navigate. In addition to questions about how to breed dogs and what traits to select for, they also had to learn some lessons the hard way.
Information regarding the Canine Influenza Virus
While we have no confirmed cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC), we have made the following information available to dog owners on the VMC web site.
For our referring veterinarians, we are providing a link below to information published by Dr. Jason Stull, VMD, PhD, DACVPM, an epidemiologist from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and his team members related to disease prevention at canine group settings.
While we have no confirmed cases of canine influenza virus (CIV) at the Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, the following provides an overview of symptoms to watch for, what to do if your dog is showing signs, and preventive measures.
Symptoms of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV)
There are two strains of the virus, H3N8 and H3N2. Symptoms resemble those of “kennel cough.”
Watch for coughing, nasal and eye discharge, sneezing and fever (104-105oF).
Other more serious symptoms include lethargy, or not drinking or eating.
Throughout the month of May, veterinary ophthalmologists from The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) offered free sight-saving eye exams for service dogs.
The Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue chose the name “Turner” for a horse they found in need of a necessary corrective surgery because they were able to help him “turn the page” to a new chapter of his life.
When you encounter William Bradfield for the first time, you are met with a 154-pound Black Russian Terrier ball of fur and love. He is a bit slower now at the age of 8, but you would never guess that at one time in his life he was having one to two seizures per day.
Throughout the five years of her service, Sofie assisted over 200 veterans and spent thousands of hours in ER's hospital rooms, half-way houses, homes and wherever she was needed.
For pet-owner and University of Michigan graduate Chad Williams, the love he possesses for his dog, Gracie, represents the strong, everlasting connection between animal and human.
We are happy to announce we have been named the #1 veterinary hospital by the The Columbus Dispatch Top Picks of Columbus.
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May 19, 2016
Blue Buffalo Company has announced that it will award a $6 million gift to establish the Blue Buffalo Veterinary Clinical Trials Office at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Veterinary orthopedic surgeons from specialty referral hospitals across the United States attended the inaugural “Advancements in Canine Total Hip Replacement” continuing education workshop at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) last weekend.
Dewey: Back in Action
After their dog, Dewey, suffered a urinary tract infection and kidney removal, Dan and Kim Orr were ecstatic with his recovery, and couldn’t be happier to have him back home.
Dr. Jeanette O’Quin, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and Dr. Laurie Millward, assistant professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, were guests on the WOSU show “All Sides with Ann Fisher” to discuss Canine Distemper and pet wellness.
Click here to listen to the full show.
May 23, 2016
Ohio State veterinary oncologists create unique clinical research collaboration for studying sarcoma
A new collaborative research program pairs oncologists who treat childhood and adult sarcomas with veterinarians who manage the same cancers in canine patients.
The ultimate goal, says director Cheryl London, DVM, PhD, is to speed up the pace of translational research discoveries and new treatments for sarcoma, a diverse group of cancerous tumors that occur in soft tissue or bone.
At a whopping 22 pounds, Bauer Hazen doesn’t look like he could handle much. However, similar to his namesake, Jack Bauer, from the popular television show “24”, Bauer is a force to be reckoned with.
Amy and David Taylor bought Jaylyn from a farm in Wisconsin in 2013. During that summer, she was shown at the Kentucky State Fair where she placed sixth in the state within her class and took home the Junior Champion title at their local county fair.
When Cindy met Bob ten years ago, she was already a strong advocate of the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). When she moved from Chicago to Columbus in 2003, her first task was to find a kitty cardiologist for her two Persian cats, Princess and Jackson who passed by 2009. Ohio State was the natural choice. So when she met Bob and his three cats - Plaid, Fluffy (Plaid’s biological sister) and Sebastian - she introduced him to the VMC.
August 25, 2016
A new collaborative research program pairs James experts who treat certain kinds of bone and tissue cancers, called sarcomas, with OSU veterinary experts who manage the same cancers in canine patients. The goal of the program is to discover effective sarcoma treatments that can be gotten to patients – both human and canine –faster, resulting in even more improved outcomes.
July 15, 2016
From a cancer diagnosis to a remarkable recovery to his final days, Marley the chocolate lab never failed to make an impact on those around him. When enrolling Marley in a clinical trial eased veterinary bills, his owners decided to show their gratitude.
Only three veterinary hospitals in the U.S. offer capsule endoscopy, including Ohio State's VMC. By utilizing a 1 ½ cm pill that encloses a compact, high-resolution camera, veterinarians can now fully analyze an animal’s gastrointestinal (digestive) tract.
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) is pleased to announce the creation of our Integrated Oncology Service. We proudly join only two other veterinary colleges in the United States in providing this patient and family benefit-centered service to referring veterinarians. For more information, click here.
The wild horse and burro (a small donkey) population has surged to an unprecedented 67,000. Drs. Marco Coutinho da Silva & John Lannutti are collaborating in an effort to curb this overpopulation, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Losing a beloved pet is never easy. We oftentimes ponder how lovely it would be to see our pet again, and reminisce on photos and videos that remind us of our love for them.
But some pet owners, such as Jennifer and Steve Trotta, take it one step further by cryopreserving the animal’s eggs or semen while they’re still alive.
With the spring season upon us, more flowers are making their way into the household. Flowers are known for sprucing up the environment, and less known for posing a significant threat to pets. One of the deadliest flowers a cat owner can bring into their home -despite its beauty- is the lily.
Residencies to be renewed and expanded to four major institutions.
New York, NY - The American Kennel Club, the world's largest purebred dog registry, the Theriogenology Foundation and the AKC Canine Health Foundation announce that the recently established American Kennel Club/Theriogenology Foundation Companion Animal Residencies in Theriogenology are being renewed and expanded to four universities in 2016. Read more.
Beginning on the evening of March 2, 2016, as part of our lobby reconstruction, the main entrance to the Hospital for Companion Animals, as well as the client parking lot directly out front of the building will be closed to all traffic and visitors. Non-emergency clients will need to park directly across the street (Vernon L. Tharp) from the Hospital for Companion Animals and enter through the Hospital for Farm Animals doorway. Directional, way-finding signage will be posted along Vernon L. Tharp Street.
When Phoebe, a 23-month-old cat from Missouri, took a few nibbles of a lily plant, her owners didn’t think a thing. Unfortunately neither Phoebe nor her owners were aware of the dire consequences that would ensue.
Lilies are highly toxic to cats when ingested, and if not treated immediately can be fatal in as little as 72 hours. Lily poisoning, particularly from plants of the Lilium or Hemerocallis genera, causes rapid kidney failure.
Fox28's Good Day Marketplace crew got a sneak peek of the brand new Intensive Care Unit located in the Hospital for Companion Animals. They also interviewed the new Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rustin Moore, and learned about the new MRI for animal patients of all sizes. View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAF8Yo26jM4&index=1&list=PLVJHjLYVOrAgW5A1FxMC3FBOXESe9WO21
Cristina Iazbik, animal blood bank manager at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center, was recently interviewed by the onCampus newspaper for their 2015-2016 Resource Guide for a cover feature article focusing on Buckeyes holding unique campus jobs. Read more: http://oncampus.osu.edu/nobody-else-like-me/
Spittin’ Creek Llamas and Alpacas brought Blue Moon, an adorable cria, to the VMC when she was born 29 days premature. Blue Moon came in recumbent, with a poor suckle reflex and failure of passive transfer. Upon arrival, she was given a plasma transfusion, IV fluids and a broad-spectrum antibiotic. After receiving intensive care for four days in the Hospital for Farm Animals, Blue Moon was discharged and acting like a normal cria. Her prognosis looks good. Thanks also to Angela Graham, Kristin Bertini, and the Large Animal ICU staff for milking Prominence every two hours to feed Blue Moon.
May 11, 2015
Thirteen diverse speakers from The Ohio State University gave talks surrounding "The Human Narrative" on Feb. 14 at the Wexner Center for the Arts' Mershon Auditorium for TEDxOhioStateUniversity, an independent TED event.
May 11, 2015
Thanks to all our patients who contributed to advancing cancer research for dogs and people.
March 12, 2015
Dr. Cheryl London was featured in a segment on Channel 10 that is part of the series, “Toward a Cancer-free World,” which is a partnership with The James.
Now Available! On-Site MRI for Companion Animal, Farm Animal and Equine Patients
As of May 2015, the Veterinary Medical Center’s (VMC) campus location now offers on site MRI services! Although we have had access for the past several years to a 3 Tesla magnet for companion animals (through a collaboration with Ohio State’s Wright Center for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging), this new MRI provides state-of-the-art MRI diagnostics at our Columbus location for companion, farm and equine patients.
In May, a lab mix puppy named Zelda was brought to Rascal Animal Hospital and Emergency Care with two broken legs. Veterinary staff at the hospital suspect that Zelda was abused by her previous owners, as they were forced to bring her in after reports of a dog with severe injuries. Read more here: https://vet.osu.edu/vmc-news/puppy-two-fractured-legs-undergoes-surgery-vmc
Good Day Marketplace visited The Galbreath Equine Center on April 29th to interview Dr. Teresa Burns and Dr. Jonathan Yardley about the advanced equine veterinary services available here. Take a look.
Canine influenza outbreak
A canine influenza outbreak has been reported in the Chicago area. This is a new strain of virus - H3N2 - previously seen only in Asia, according to a report from Cornell University.
Brooke Burton discovered Dennis, a 6-year-old miniature dachshund, in 2013. Dennis had been in the care of Burton's relative, who had been over-feeding the dog with an extremely unhealthy mix of human foods, leaving Dennis at a shocking 56 pounds. He could barely walk.
As part of our continuing effort to be a helpful extension of your practice, The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center (VMC) will soon be providing a dialysis program utilizing the PrismaFlex dialysis system.
Did you know horses need routine dental care just like people? Equine dentistry is about more than “floating” sharp teeth. This only addresses one of many problems that can be going on inside the depths of your horse’s mouth. Equine dentistry has evolved from a bucket of water and hand float. We currently focus on providing a thorough dental exam and only float teeth when needed. Without a proper exam, small changes can go undetected and turn into big problems. This happened recently with a stallion seen by Equine Field Service:
Lottie and Dr. Guiot were interviewed on 10TV about her recent total elbow replacement. As you can see, she's good as new! View the segment here:
Check out our feature on Fox 28's Good Day Marketplace!
Now is the time to think about preventive health care, spring vaccines, Coggins tests, dental exams, and fecal floats, to keep your horse healthy. Last year four Ohio-based horses died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a fatal disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. In addition, horses in Knox County (Central Ohio) succumbed to West Nile virus infection - a disease also transmitted by mosquitoes. So be aware: even if your horse never leaves the farm, mosquitoes can travel great distances and infect your horse.
As part of The Ohio State College of Veterinary medicine, The Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center veterinarians have access to the most advanced technology, discoveries and programs available worldwide to help diagnose and treat dogs, cats, equine and farm animals.
Ohio State veterinarians recently completed the first TATE elbow replacement in Ohio within our Dublin Veterinary Medical Center facility. TATE is a modern system that has shown the best outcomes in cases. Our surgeons were trained on this system at Michigan State University and brought the their skills and this system to Ohio. Joint replacements are utilized in pets for the same reasons that they are utilized in humans. Medications are not effective or cannot be tolerated. To see local news coverage of the story of Lottie and her elbow, please click here:
One lucky dog is home safely, thanks to observant owners and the Emergency and Critical Care staff at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center. Tank, a 4-year-old pit-bull, had been acting strangely with symptoms such as panting and a decreased appetite. Tank’s owners Mesanique Smith and Amekia Roach began Googling his symptoms – and realized they matched ingestion of rat poison, a lethal substance for dogs. After three days of treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the VMC, Tank was released. “We’re just glad he’s okay and coming home,” Smith said.
Did you know that 1 in 4 dogs will develop some form of cancer in their lifetime? It’s a staggering statistic, but there is hope. Through clinical trial studies at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Clinical trials represent the cutting edge of medicine: research expertise meets new treatments and improved outcomes, including an improved understanding of the diseases, like cancer, that affect our animals.
Dr. Jonathan Dyce, an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, performed a successful total hip replacement surgery on Eddie on Jan. 8, one day after his arrival. The surgery will extend Eddie’s service life and “enable me to do my job better,” said officer Rezny.
Download your copy of the first Equine Field Services newsletter. Learn more about the team of veterinarians who make themselves available 24/7 to serve your horse's medical needs. The newsletter also provides important information about preventive medicine, including helpful tips on how often to vaccinate your horse(s).
Fox 28's Good Day Marketplace visited the cardiology department of the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center where they interviewed Dr. Brian Scansen, DVM, MS, ACVIM and Assistant Professor at Ohio State's College of Veterinary Medicine. To view the 4-minute segment and learn more about what the Veterinary Medical Center's cardiology specialists have to offer!
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