January 30, 2013

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students:

College Updates

Dr. Mo Saif is retiring after more than 45 years at Wooster. An internationally-known expert on poultry research, he spent the past 20 years as director of our Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP). We wish Mo well in his retirement and know that he will continue to contribute to advancing poultry health and veterinary medicine in the future. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jeff LeJeune had agreed to become the new director for FAHRP.

Last week we hosted a dairy practitioner meeting, sponsored in part by Zoetis (Formally Pfizer Animal Health). I want to thank Dr. Gustavo Schueneman and Dr. Jeff Lakritz for their work on this program, and congratulate our students who offered research presentations as part of the event.

Vetstar and VADDS are being upgraded to the newest version (9.0) as of February 18. Current users should watch for opportunities to take the mandatory training prior to implementation. This is a major upgrade that has required much planning on the part of VIS and the VMC Assistant Directors. It will bring Vetstar and VADDS up to date while we continue our search for the best information systems for the hospital and clinical laboratories. Feedback on the upgraded systems has been positive—it is more user-friendly than the current version and has much more potential for enhancements. We thank all those who are helping out with this project.

The Small Animal and Large Animal Practitioner Advisory Boards both met in January and welcomed new members. We really appreciate the time and input of the veterinarians in these groups. They have offered us concrete advice, good ideas, and methods for improving our customer service and client relationships in the VMC. A list of members will be available soon on our website. You can read a summary of their meetings from last year.

Campus Updates and Partnerships

Are you aware of the Discovery Themes now being promoted by the university? They will be a primary focus of teaching, research and outreach for the next 10 years. They are: Health and Wellness, Energy and Environment, and Food Production and Security. The university is now in the process of appointing faculty to serve as advisors for each area and to help recommend specific research programs under each theme. Our college should be active in exploring partnerships and opportunities in all three themes.

In an effort to expand our international partnerships, we have welcomed visitors from China and Ethiopia in the past two weeks. The Chinese delegation was sponsored by the USDA. I want to thank Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes for arranging the visit from Ethiopia.

Alumni and Fundraising

A Veterinary Medicine Alumni Society Task Force was established this month to review and evaluate the Alumni Society model within the College. They will determine the future needs of the membership, the profession, and the Society. Members of the task force include: Brad Carmichael, DVM '00; Andy Plum, DVM '01; Anne Gemensky-Metzler, DVM '95; Rob Brenneman, DVM '84, Ann Greenwald, DVM '92; and Katie Huter, DVM Class of 2015.

Upcoming Events

The Advancement Team is planning a series of town-hall style Community Conversations across the state of Ohio. We will be inviting practitioners – both alumni and non-alumni – for a discussion about issues facing the profession and updates from the college. Our first two meetings are scheduled at the end of February in Wooster (2/27) and Cleveland (2/28). If you want more information, please contact Gen Snyder (snyder [dot] 1182 [at] osu [dot] edu).

We will be starting a series of dialogues within the college as well. I look forward to participating in small group discussions, "Dialogues with the Dean," with faculty and staff, as well as a Student Communication series, and the Town Hall Series, which is being hosted by our Dean’s Staff Advisory Council. You can read more about these discussion sessions in the current issue of Culturally Speaking, available on our website. The first meeting, the "State of the College," is planned for Tuesday, February 19 at 4 p.m. in the Wexner Auditorium in VMAB.

In the latest (January/February) OSU Alumni Magazine, our Large Animal Veterinary Clinic at Marysville was highlighted in an article entitled "Creature Comfort." It was an article discussing the practice and the students’ life during this clinical rotation.  Congratulations to Drs. Welker, Masterson, Midla, Gordon, and Sanders for implementing this exceptional student experience.

Congratulations also goes to Drs. Gustavo Schuenemann, Christopher Adin, and Tony Buffington who were all accepted into the Innovation Showcase as part of the annual Tech Columbus Innovative Awards event. This recognition highlights our success in commercialization and innovation. We also recognize and thank Jean Schelhorn for her great work with our faculty and an expanding portfolio of exciting projects.


Dean Lonnie King