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Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine eNewsletter

2014 Pumpkin Carving Contest

October 31st, 2014



The Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 practiced their anatomy and surgery skills on . . . pumpkins! See more photos on Facebook.

Mathematician Develops Plan to Contain Ebola

October 31st, 2014

MedlockDr. Jan Medlock, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, used math-based computer modeling techniques to develop a set of recommendations that, if enacted soon, could contain the spread of Ebola in Africa in less than six months. Read more.

OSU Vet Med Research Continues to Help Farmers

October 29th, 2014
Dr. Morrie Craig discusses current research to address endophyte toxicity in feed grasses.

Dr. Morrie Craig explains current research to address endophyte toxicity in feed grasses to Hiroyuki Kobayashi from Zen-Noh, a Japanese agricultural cooperative.

Fifteen years ago, one of Oregon’s major export crops faced a crisis: straw shipped to Japan for animal feed contained a fungus that caused disease in thousands of Japanese cows. Dr. Morrie Craig, professor of toxicology in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), responded to the crisis by working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a safety threshold measurement for endophyte fungus in feed grasses. This led to the establishment of the Endophyte Service Laboratory at OSU, where growers and suppliers can send samples for testing. The lab has been able to guarantee safe feed, and helped rebuild the export market for feed grasses in Japan.

Last month, Hiroyuki Kobayashi, from the Feed & Livestock Production division of Zen-Noh, visited Dr. Craig at OSU to talk about other solutions to the endophyte fungus issue. Zen-Noh is a $54 billion Japanese agricultural cooperative, and one of the world’s largest importers of animal feed from the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Craig’s lab, in collaboration with CVM professors Dr. Lynda Blythe and Dr. Charles Estill, is currently conducting research to develop a probiotic that could be fed to cattle to breakdown the toxins in endophyte fungus.

Lactobacillus, and other ‘beneficial’ bacteria commonly used in human probiotics, cannot flourish in the anaerobic environment of a cow’s rumen. The Craig lab is working on a method to encapsulate the probiotic to make it effective. “We have to make M & M candies out of them,” says Craig.

The lab has been working with a commercial company on this, and has a patent-pending for a process that uses polymers and wax. The next step will be to quantify the effectiveness of the process. Eventually, it will be tested on ruminants, with a long-term goal of producing a product that can be sold commercially.

Open House For Hospital Clients and Donors

October 15th, 2014

PartyClients and donors are invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at an open house on Friday, October 24, 4:30 -7:30 p.m.

Tours will leave from the Magruder Hall main lobby every 20 minutes and include stops at several services including cardiology, oncology, diagnostic imaging, equine treadmill, and the horse arena. Veterinary specialists will explain and demonstrate state-of-the-art equipment and treatment methods. Refreshments and fun giveaways will be provided.


Golden Retriever Project Fights K9 Cancer

October 15th, 2014


The Morris Animal Foundation is looking for a few good pups—3,000 to be exact—to be part of a groundbreaking study to improve the lives of dogs. The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study tracks volunteer dogs’ health in order to gain insights into preventing and treating cancer and other canine diseases. It collects genetic, environmental and nutritional data for the length of the life of participating dogs.

There are currently 2,046 Golden Retrievers enrolled in the study. To learn more or add your dog to the study, visit the foundation website.

Yummy! Zoetis Shrimp Boil Tailgater!

October 13th, 2014

ShrimpBoilIt’s time for the annual CVM Shrimp Boil courtesy of Rocky Bigbie and Zoetis. Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to join Rocky for shrimp and all the fixin’s on the front lawn of Magruder Hall on Thursday, October 16, 4 – 6 pm. That leaves plenty of time to get over to the stadium to support OSU against Utah at 7 pm. Go Beavs!!