June 22, 2007

In the News

Volume 1, Issue 16f
Friday, June 22, 2007

"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

Thank you for your assistance!

This sincere thank you is for everyone in the medical center who helped this week as WOSU-TV shot additional footage for their Careers in Veterinary Medicine episode of a 12-part job shadowing series called "The Shadow Knows." The program should air in early autumn. Everyone in veterinary medicine was helpful, cooperative and flexible in their willingness to explain to the crew what they were working on, and allow the camera in their space. They loved working with us!


Dr. Cheryl London receives award from "Women and Philanthropy"

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl London, Shackelford Professor of Canine Medicine and associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, who received a $20,000 grant from Women and Philanthropy, a program created by The Ohio State University Foundation to encourage and celebrate the important contributions of women in charitable giving at the university. This was the first year grants have been awarded and only 3 people received them at the university.


Osteosarcoma study seeks canine participants

Dogs diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA) may be eligible to participate in a new drug study being conducted in the college. This study is a multi-center national trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Comparative Oncology Program, Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium, and the Morris Animal Foundation. The purpose of this study is to define a relevant dose and dosing schedule for Rapamycin in tumor-bearing dogs. This is a dose escalation study (seven days) of Rapamycin in dogs with osteosarcoma (OSA) prior to surgery. This study is for newly diagnosed OSA patients (weight greater than 15 kg), whose owners are considering amputation/resection of the primary tumor. If interested, please go to the study website for more information. You can also contact Dr. Bill Kisseberth at 614-292-3551 (press 4 for small animal clinics, followed by 4 for oncology)


Student awards and a gift from the Class of 2007

A standing-room-only crowd enjoyed the inaugural Awards and Honors Ceremony on Saturday, June 9th in the Veterinary Medical Center auditorium. A complete list of award winners can be found at the awards website. The Class of 2007 also honored the College of Veterinary Medicine with a gift to the Veterinary Medical Center: their donation of $2007.00 (get it?) will go towards the new small animal hospital, which is in the "post feasibility" phase of planning.


Three alumni honored at Oath and Hooding

Three alumni from the College of Veterinary Medicine were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the 2007 Oath and Hooding Ceremony held on June 9 in Mershon Auditorium. Recipients were further honored with a morning brunch prior to The Ohio State University commencement exercises held on June 10. Distinguished Alumni are recognized each year during Oath and Hooding and are nominated by the chairs of each of the three departments: Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Nominees are selected based on their professional accomplishments, impact on the field of veterinary medicine, and leadership. Recipients this year included Dr. Linda Wolff, Dr. Kent Hoblet and Dr. Theresa Fossum. Dr. Wolff received her Ph.D. in microbiology from the Department of Veterinary Biosciences and is Head, Leukemogenesis Section, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology with the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hoblet graduated summa cum laude and first in his DVM class in 1971 and received his master’s degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1984. He is dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. Dr. Theresa Fossum completed a residency in surgery at Ohio State and completed her Master’s Degree in Veterinary Anatomy in 1986. She received a Ph.D. in Veterinary microbiology in 1992 after joining the faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A & M University in 1987.

Read the details of each recipient's background


Four faculty honored at Oath and Hooding

In keeping with college tradition, four faculty were presented with awards for teaching, research excellence, graduate education, and creativity in teaching:

Norden Distinguished Teaching Award

Lawrence N. Hill, DVM, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
The Norden Distinguished Teaching Award is presented each year to a faculty member who has "demonstrated leadership, character and teaching ability" as demonstrated by the caliber of instruction and responsiveness to the needs of students. Nominations for this award are made by students in the professional education program. Recipients have the honor of reading students names during Oath and hooding. Dr. Hill also gave a brief talk ruing the inaugural Student Awards Ceremony during the morning of June 9.

Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health) Award for Research Excellence

C.A. Buffington, DVM, Ph.D., Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
The Zoetis (formally Pfizer Animal Health) Award is presented to a faculty member for his/her innovative research. The scientific advancement of the profession depends on research to forward the mission of improving animal health.

Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education

Kenneth W. Hinchcliff, BVSc, Ph.D., Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
The Charles C. Capen Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Education is presented to a faculty member on behalf of the faculty and students, and by action of the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine in recognition of superior and sustained excellence in educating and mentoring Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy candidates, as participants in departmental graduate programs, or as a resource person for the graduate students of the college.

Dean's Award for Creativity in Teaching

Mary A. McLoughlin, DVM, MS, Associate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Sciences
The Dean's Award for Creativity in Teaching is presented to motivate and support risk taking in the implementation of innovative approaches to veterinary medical education.


Keeping Indoor Cats Healthy

Dr. Tony Buffington, professor of veterinary clinical sciences, presented a free lecture on tips and techniques for keeping your indoor cat happy and avoiding stress-induced disease problems. Held at the WOSU-TV studio at COSI, the presentation was recorded for later broadcast and will air on WOSU-TV on Sunday, July 1 at 1 p.m.

Indoor Cat Initiative website


Vet Med in the News

Sharky Spur on the mend

Million dollar winner Sharky Spur, the 11-year-old pacer best known for winning the $200,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in 2003, suffered an injury and is being treated in the Galbreath Equine Center.

Read the story featuring his surgeon, Dr. Yvonne Elce, Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences


Upcoming Events

Bid farewell and good luck to Dr. Bill Epperson on June 28

Please join the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine as for cake and punch as they wish Dr. Epperson farewell on Thursday, June 28th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Epperson Conference Room. Dr. Epperson headed to Mississippi State University to become Department Chair of the Department of Pathobiology & Population Medicine.

Darlene Richardson to retire June 29

Darlene Richardson will return on June 29 for her retirement party, from 2-4 p.m. in the Equine Center. If you would like to contribute to a going-away gift for Darlene and sign her retirement card, please see Kristine McComis in room 1102 in the Veterinary Medical Center.