February 29, 2008

In the News

Volume 2, Issue 9
Friday, February 29, 2008

"News and Events" is a bi-weekly briefing from Melissa Weber in the CVM Communications & Marketing office. If you have news items or comments, please send them to weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu (subject: News%20%26%20Events%20Newsletter) or give me a call at 614-292-3752.

Stories Today

State of the College Address

Please plan to attend the annual State of the College presentation today, February 29th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the Veterinary Hospital Auditorium. A reception will follow immediately in the Hummel Grand Lounge (please walk over to VMAB). We will have a special guest this year. Alumnus Dr. Gil Cloyd, who is currently chair of the Ohio State Board of the Trustees and chief technology officer of Procter & Gamble Co., will be making introductory comments. Dr. Cloyd received his DVM from Ohio State in 1969.

Dean Tom Rosol will present the college's collective plans for 2008 and beyond. The theme of the presentation will be 'Successes, Opportunities & Challenges.' The College of Veterinary Medicine had a very productive year in 2007, and the dean will share our accomplishments and introduce plans for 2008.


Canine Physical Rehabilitation Unit Now Open

The Canine Physical Rehabilitation Unit located in northwest corner of the basement of the Veterinary Medical Center (room 0156 - follow the signs) is now open to patients.

A Ferno Veterinary Systems underwater treadmill is the centerpiece of the Canine Physical Rehabilitation Unit. The facility will assist in convalescence from orthopedic and spinal medical and surgical conditions. Other patients that will benefit from the treadmill include the arthritic and the obese, as part of a weight control program. In addition, strength and conditioning training for working dogs and rehabilitation of athletic injury will be offered. A Terrestrial treadmill, as well as ultrasound and laser therapy will also be available. This project was facilitated by a generous anonymous gift as well as other donors, including Leota and John Folsom and William Meeks. Mr. Alex Lentsner is also to be congratulated for a job well done in facilitating renovation of the space. (See "Research Day" entry under Upcoming Events for tour information.)


Strategic Planning Forums for CVM Staff

President Gee has asked leadership at the University to develop strategic plans for each college. In order to develop a comprehensive and effective report, it is important to gain faculty and staff input on the important initiatives and priorities of the college. Recently, several faculty members participated in forums designed to gain insight and feedback for the report. At this time, staff of the College of Veterinary Medicine are cordially invited to participate in open forums to hear an overview of the process and to discuss their thoughts on initiatives and priorities. These forums are similar to the forums already held for faculty, and participation will be limited to staff. Both forums will take place in the VMC Auditorium. Please plan on attending one of the forums listed below.

  • Forum #1: March 3, 2008 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Forum #2: March 6, 2008 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Dr. DiBartola at dibartola [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu


Midwest Veterinary Conference Wrap-Up

Thanks to everyone who participated in the planning, set-up, and staffing of the College of Veterinary Medicine booths at the Midwest Veterinary Conference and to all of you who stopped to visit. For the first time, we offered a big presence in the exhibit hall at the conference. We tried several different displays and utilized some items that had been created for other events – thanks to Student Services and the Department of Veterinary Biosciences for the use of their banners, and the Equine section for the use of the display previously used for AAEP. Thanks to Marc Hardman and Kristine McComis for the terrific PowerPoint presentation that ran at the booth. Thanks to Kristine also for creating the display board featuring jobs available in the VMC. Thanks to the following people for their time staffing the displays: from the VMC: Kristine McComis, Steph Yochem, Kim Palmer, Dawn Eblin, Tracy Marsh, Amanda Waln, Laura Spayd, Jessica Lovejoy; from Student Services: April Pugh and Sandra Dawkins; from Development: Karen Longbrake, Doug Sweeney, Ja'Marcus Hampton; from Alumni: Dr. Michelle Harcha; from Communications: Melissa Weber; from research: Sarah Leavell. Please remember to share with me your suggestions for next year! (weber [dot] 254 [at] osu [dot] edu)


Breakfast of Science Champions

Students from St. Timothy's and Westerville Public Schools participated last Wednesday in the Breakfast of Science Champions. Thanks to the Department of Veterinary Biosciences for their assistance with the event, especially Jennie Winck, Larry Stone Clarence Pointer, Dr. Steve Weisbrode, Dr. Michael Lairmore, Dr. Holly Borghese and Dr. Nong Inpanbutr. Thanks to Kristine McComis for taking students on a tour of the VMC, and Ken Matthias for assistance in the computer lab, while students tried out the new College of Veterinary Medicine outreach web site: "So You Want to Be a Vet?" Check it out!


Donor Support for the College

Welcome to Ja'Marcus Hampton, who has joined the College of Veterinary Medicine Development Office from the University of Akron where he spent two years in fundraising. The other big news in fundraising in addition to the gifts that enabled us to purchase our canine rehabilitation equipment is a recent gift of $150,000 to support two fellowship in advanced specialty training: a cardiology fellowship for Dr. Brian Scansen and an equine emergency fellowship for Dr. Sam Hurcombe.

Last month we received a wonderful irrevocable gift from Dr. Elbert Jasper for graduate student support in Veterinary Public Health (VPH). Dr. Jasper's gift of $152,000 is set up as a charitable trust and eventually will help fund a scholarship for deserving students enrolled in the Veterinary Public Health program.


Vet Med in the News

For FIDO on a Diet

Dr. Tony Buffington, professor of veterinary clinical sciences, is the featured expert in a February 7, 2008 Wall Street Journal article by Anjali Athavaley.

Read the Wall Street Journal article.

Imaging Sheds Light on Cancer Drug's Activity

Researchers at Ohio State University led by Thomas Rosol, DVM, PhD, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine, used bioluminescent imaging to determine that both a proteasomal inhibitor (PS-341) and zoledronic acid were effective in reducing tumors in a mouse model of adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). They reported their results in the December 15 issue of Cancer Research.

For more information see the entire story.

Greyhounds at Ohio State

NBC 4's Erin Tate took advantage of the Greyhound adoption program by adopting a Greyhound after reporting on the animals rescued and treated at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine.

View her story and coverage of the efforts to save retired racing Greyhounds.

Pet Toys, Bowls, Dishes Tested for Lead

WBNS-10TV, February 25, 2008
Featured Experts: Dr. Shane Bateman, professor, leads emergency clinic, Veterinary Medical Center; Dr. Diane Gerken, associate professor, veterinary toxicologist.

View the story.


Upcoming Events

First FurBALL Offers Evening of Dining and Dancing

The Class of 2010 would like to invite all Ohio State CVM students, faculty, staff, and alumni (and guests) to a formal evening of dining and dancing. The Inaugural FurBALL will be held on March 29 at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe from 6pm-1am. Tickets are $30 each and include a buffet dinner, desserts, and an evening of dancing. There will be a canned food drive to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank (a donated, canned human-food item will get you one free drink ticket) as well as a raffle to benefit Capital Area Humane Society. Tickets will be sold in the Grande Lounge (VMAB) on 2/28, 3/24, and 3/25 from noon-1pm. If you have any questions email Amanda Todd, President of the Class of 2010, at todd [dot] 318 [at] osu [dot] edu

Research Day AKA "Advances in Veterinary Medicine Day"

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend Research Day on Thursday, April 10, 2008. Posters will be on display from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. (judging takes place from 7:30-11). Our lunchtime awards ceremony will be held in the VMC auditorium from 12-2 p.m., and will include an awards presentation followed by the keynote address, which will be given by Dr. Natasha Olby, associate professor of neurology at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. New this year! Tours and demonstrations of college basic and applied technology cores will be given from 2:00-4:00 pm. Included are the Cytometry Core, Mouse Phenotyping, Clinical Laboratories, and the new Clinical Trials Office, Tissue Bank and Canine Rehabilitation Unit.

More information.