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The joys of adopting an older dog are explored by the Columbus Dispatch in an article that quotes our own Dr. Barrett, clinical assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medical Center. A senior dog is one of the most difficult decisions that rescue organizations face because they are hard to place in homes.
Jared Sylvester had always enjoyed playing sports, and he lived a very active lifestyle. Heading into his junior year of college at Miami University, he played on the club lacrosse team. He started experiencing knee pain during the summer but brushed it off. A few months passed, and the pain became unbearable. Jared’s family contacted their good friend, Dr. Mike, for a consultation over the weekend.
When a dog begins to gain weight rapidly, owners might think that they are overfeeding their pet. Bleu’s owners knew something was wrong, and turned to the Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Brian Scansen, DVM and assistant professor, who works in the Cardiology and Interventional Medicine service, discovered a large tumor inside Bleu’s heart that was blocking blood flow and causing fluid buildup in Bleu’s belly. With his special training in interventional procedures, Dr. Scansen was able to insert a stent across the tumor to improve blood flow and reduce the fluid accumulation.
The Ohio State Health Sciences Ethiopia-One Health partnership is running its summer institute. Faculty members and students from Ohio State are going to Ethiopia this summer to kick-start a pilot project that will focus on three major public-health problems — cervical cancer, food safety and rabies — among other things. The program was founded by Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes, professor of Veterinary Preventative Medicine and director of Global Health programs. The One Health initiative explores efforts to address the links between animal health, human health, and our environment.
The 2013 Companion Animal Remembrance Ceremony was held in May by the Honoring the Bond program at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center. The ceremony allows owners dealing with the death of a pet to gather together for a service. The Honoring the Bond team helps owners to express emotions and memories and provides support during the difficult times.
Sara DeWitt, a first-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine, was named a 2013-2014 Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellow. Sara takes a non-traditional approach to improving and impacting community health by working with pets.
An Engagement Impact Grant was recently awarded to a team of faculty and students, including Drs. Jeanette O'Quin, Bayleyegn Molla, Armando Hoet, and Wondwossen Gebreyes, all in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Andrew Bowman, who is completing his doctoral degree in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine, was recently featured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a podcast discussing his research on influenza.
News at the College
Veterinary Medical Center expands emergency care
The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center now has two locations to serve emergency and specialty referral needs. The Veterinary Medical Center at Dublin, located at 5020 Bradenton Ave., is now open 24 hours a day to care for dogs and cats with medical emergencies.