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Benny the Beaver Visits the Veterinary Teaching Hospital

August 27th, 2014
Dr. Jana Gordon listens to Benny's heart.

Dr. Jana Gordon listens to Benny’s heart.


Oregon State University mascot, Benny the Beaver, visited the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital to get a checkup in preparation for the upcoming football season.

You can tag along with him in this video!

Student Represents OSU at International Congress

August 27th, 2014

Megan-LeeCVM senior student Megan Lee recently presented her research at the 2014 International Union of Microbiological Societies Congresses (IUMS) held in Montreal, Quebec Canada.  She was the winner of the OSU CVM Summer Research Day 2013, which provided the travel funds to IUMS.

The research she presented to the international audience of microbiologists was entitled “Investigation of bovine herpesvirus type -1 immune response in a cattle herd”, a project conducted in Ling Jin’s laboratory during the summer of 2013. Lee’s research addresses differences in immune response to vaccines and clinical isolates in different age groups of cows. She identified the antibody titers decreased significantly at 6 month post-vaccination which raised questions on current vaccine policies and schedules in cattle.

The International Congress for Microbiology is divided into three separate sections covering the fields of bacteriology, virology, and mycologym, while maintaining the threads of pathogenesis and immunology that blend these fields together. Topics covered by the meeting are science, microbiology, infection, mycology, bacteriology, virology, health, bioscience, and infectious diseases in both humans and animals.

This was an excellent opportunity for a veterinary student to participate in world-renowned research and communicate her findings to the scientific community while representing OSU CVM.

OSU Research Seeks Survey Participants

August 27th, 2014

cat_drinkingOregon State University and the Oregon Sea Grant is launching a nationwide, online, survey-based study on “Pet Well-Being and the Environment”. The study is investigating the motivations for pet ownership, the environment that pet owners desire for their pets, and the pet owner’s decisions on the choice, use, storage and disposal of pet pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). The results of the study are intended for pet health professionals, public conservation agencies, pet organizations, and educators.

Pet owners in the United States and Canada are invited to participate in an online Institutional Review Board-approved survey to learn about pet ownership values, consumer choices, and the ways pet owners choose, store, and dispose of pet PPCPs. We estimated that it will take about 15-30-minutes to complete the survey. Individual responses to the survey will be kept anonymous. Take the survey here.

If you have questions, please contact Kayla-Maria Martin and the project principal investigator, Dr. Samuel Chan, 503-679-4828 or Samuel.chan@oregonstate.edu.

French Exchange Student Investigating Raptor Disease

August 27th, 2014

SophieThe emerging interdisciplinary field of zoonotic disease is commonly focused on the transmission of infectious disease from animals to humans. Sophie Jouffrey is working this summer on research that investigates the presence of zoonotic pathogens in wildlife, who may transfer those bacteria to farm animals, who in turn, may infect the humans who handle them.

Jouffroy, a veterinary student from Burgundy, France, is working at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine on a summer exchange program funded by the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She is partnering with Oregon wildlife rehabilitation centers to survey the presence of pathogens in raptors. “I am analyzing samples from eagles, owls, and hawks,” she says. “I am working with rehab centers around Oregon; they are helping me collect samples.”

Jouffroy is focusing on two pathogens: Chlamydia psittaci and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). “To look for MRSA, I use several media to isolate and grow bacteria from the bird’s beak.  I then use several methods (GRAM staining, coagulase test…) to identify the bacteria,” she says. “For Chlamydia psittaci, I work with dry swabs from the beak area. I purify the DNA on the swabs with a DNA purification kit and then do a Polymerase Chain Reaction to look for Chlamydia DNA.”

So far, Jouffroy has collected nearly 30 samples of each pathogen. “I’m just starting to analyze my samples now,” she says. “Dr. Rockey and the people in his lab have helped me with the technical aspects,” she says.

Jouffroy grew up in beef cattle country and is very interested in working with farmers. “I’m also interested in studying infectious diseases,” she says. “I chose this summer project because I was curious about raptors, and I like investigating the interaction between wildlife and farm animals. I’m also interested in the transference of diseases from one to the other.”

This fall, Jouffroy will begin her third year of a five-year veterinary program at the National Veterinary College of Toulouse. “Our undergrad, the equivalent of your undergrad, is two years of intense scientific courses,” she says. “Then we take a competitive exam to get into vet school.”

Veterinary colleges in France are separate from the rest of the university. “OSU is part of a big university campus. In France, I live on the veterinary campus and it is only a vet school” she says. “On an everyday basis, we only see veterinary people. I think it is nice to see other people [here] and have that interaction.”

Summer Experience Highlights the Many Paths of Veterinary Medicine

August 26th, 2014
Dr. Trina Westerman demonstrates the use of an endoscope to examine an equine espophagus.

Dr. Trina Westerman demonstrates the use of an endoscope
to examine an equine esophagus.

This summer, sixteen academically talented Oregon students with an interest in veterinary medicine spent a busy week attending veterinary medicine workshops, doing research, and learning about college life as part of CVM’s Summer Veterinary Experience, also known as Summer Camp. The students were selected from a pool of applicants based on their grades, the recommendation of a teacher, and an essay written by them about their interest in veterinary medicine.

CVM faculty and mentors helped deliver a wide variety of challenging laboratory and clinical experiences including an endoscope demonstration, a surgery skills lab, large and small animal exams, a heart imaging demonstration, and a necropsy lab. “My favorite activity by far was the Necropsy lab. I never really thought I would be able to handle dead animals, but I was wrong. I really enjoyed searching and finding the cause of death,” said one student.

One of the goals of the program is to introduce students who are interested in veterinary careers to the many facets of the profession. “I went in thinking I knew what type of vet I wanted to be, and ended up changing just about everything. I still want to be a vet but now I know what field interests me,” said one student.

CVM student mentors organized the workshops, provided skill instruction, shared their knowledge and experience, and offered advice.  This year’s mentors were: Stephanie Lutz, Margot Mercer, Erika Akerman, Kim Allsopp, and Rebecca Gordon. “They were fantastic,” says Suzie Chase, the Administrative Program Assistant who supervised the camp. “They were super organized and great to work with.”


Student Gains Valuable Clinical Experience On Service Trip

August 15th, 2014
The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Service mobile clinic trailer on the road to Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Service mobile clinic trailer on the road to Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

If you look at a map of North Dakota, the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation sits right in the middle of nothing, one hundred miles in any direction from a city.

On the reservation is a small casino, a gas station, a grocery store, a school, and that’s about it. Members of the Turtle Mountain tribes rely on occasional visits from a traveling veterinarian to care for their animals; the veterinarian provides primary care but no surgery.

This gap in veterinary care is bridged by the Humane Society Rural Area Veterinary Services (RAVS), a non-profit outreach program that brings free veterinary services to underserved rural communities where poverty and geographic isolation leave them without adequate veterinary care. Every year, more than 400 volunteers from across the country help the Humane Society provide this service at no cost to the clients and communities it serves. This summer, one of those volunteers was CVM student Jennifer Kelsey (Class of 2016).

Jennifer Kelsey preps a patient for surgery.

Jennifer Kelsey preps a patient for surgery.

Kelsey was part of a team of veterinarians and veterinary students who landed in Bismark, North Dakota and hit the ground running. They got off the plane, drove to the reservation, and set up the clinic in one night. Then they started receiving clients early the next morning. “We did about fifty spay and neuter surgeries a day for three days,” says Kelsey. “The last day was wellness treatment and we saw about 150 animals.”

Then they packed up, drove 360 miles to the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, set up the clinic, and did it all over again.

All RAVS volunteers, including veterinarians and veterinary technicians, are required to take an online training evaluation prior to leaving on the trip. This ensures they are familiar with RAVS clinical protocols and prepared for the job ahead.

In addition, all veterinary student volunteers are required to participate in a practical skills assessment at the start of the clinic. This assessment includes suture patterns, knot tying, anesthesia machine setup and medical record keeping. “If you past the test,” says Kelsey, “you can scrub in and assist with surgeries.”

The RAVS clinic saw lots of dogs with porcupine quills.

The RAVS clinic saw lots of dogs with porcupine quills.

Kelsey passed the test and was able to get plenty operating room experience. She also learned a lot about setting up a mobile clinic. “They were super organized,” she says. “I got lots of good ideas for the upcoming trip to Nicaragua.” As an officer in the OSU International Veterinary Students Association, Kelsey is one of the primary organizers of the club’s annual service trip to Ometepe, Nicaragua.

One of the biggest take-aways from the RAVS experience, is learning to work on a team. “I learned that it was important to hear everyone’s ideas,” she says. “There were so  many people from various backgrounds, and sometimes they had different opinions about a case. I learned that more than one person can be right. This will be good preparation going into third and fourth-year clinical rotations.”

Kelsey recommends the RAVS experience to other veterinary students. “It’s a really good experience in a busy, high stress clinic,” she says. “And it was good for me to meet people from all over the country. I made some great friends, got good advice, and made a lot of good contacts.”