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Faculty Receive Awards

June 7th, 2018

Justin Sanders, Assistant Professor, received the New Investigator award

Fikru Nigussie received the Zoetis Distinguished Teacher Award

Natalia Shulzhenko received the Zoetis Research Excellence award.

Generous Supporters Give More Than 300K In Scholarships

June 1st, 2018

Ron and Marlene Izatt present Emily Mangan and David Smith with the Izatt Scholarship.

The annual awards ceremony at the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine is not only an event celebrating the  students and faculty who received awards, but also where the many generous supporters of veterinary students can see their gifts in action as students are surprised with monetary awards that will make a dent in the debt load of their veterinary education.

The reception following the ceremony is a fun opportunity for students to meet and visit with their scholarship donors, and also to personally thank them for their support. If you didn’t make it to the live ceremony, you can watch the slide show here.

Magruder Expansion Groundbreaking Ceremony

May 17th, 2018

The 2003-2005 expansion of Magruder Hall.

Friends, alumni, staff, faculty, and students are invited to join OSU President Ed Ray and Dean Sue Tornquist for a ground breaking ceremony to kick off the Magruder Hall expansion. The ceremony will take place on Wedenesday, June 20 at 2:20 pm in front of Magruder Hall. Refreshments will be served in the lobby following the ceremony.

The expansion will include an addition to the small animal hospital, a new lecture hall, and a radiation oncology wing.

Oregon Foundation Supports CCVM Researcher

May 17th, 2018

Dr. Jean Hall is researching the effects of feeding selenium-fortified hay to cattle as a method of improving their health. The outcome of her research is expected to influence how cattle health issues are addressed.

Hall receives support for her research from the Agricultural Research Foundation, an organization that is unique to Oregon.

“Funding I have received through the ARF Competitive Grant Funding has played a significant role in helping my colleagues and I advance this frontier to discover best practices in (selenium) supplementation,” Hall said.

The importance of selenium has been known for decades, but the most effective method of delivery to cattle is still being investigated. Hall said in the report that she believes “increasing the bioavailable concentrations of selenium in forage through the use of selenium fertilizer is the most economical and practical method to provide supplementation to cattle.”

Hall is using her 2016-2018 grant on the focus of feeding selenium-enriched alfalfa hay to weaned beef calves for eight weeks to see if it improves performance and health.

Hall said she “believes (selenium supplementation) can be readily adapted to Oregon cattle production systems.”

OSU Alum Named Diamond Collar Hero

March 12th, 2018

The Oregon Humane Society honored heroic people and pets at the annual Diamond Collar Awards Luncheon in February. Among the award winners was Picasso, a former client of the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital who became a social media superstar and taught the world that it’s okay to look different, and Dr. Doug McInnis, an OSU alum who created the Klamath County Animal Control Task Force which works to end animal neglect and abuse.

Recipients of the awards are selected for their kindness, diplomacy, resiliency and courage. Their inspiring stories represent OHS’s vision of a more humane society.

Watch a video about Dr. McInnis’ work here:


Building A Strong, Diverse Profession

March 12th, 2018

With a goal of engaging in difficult dialogues in order to advance a diverse and inclusive veterinary profession, a contingent from the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine participated in the Iverson Bell Regional Summit last month.

“It was an opportunity to discuss issues of inclusivity and diversity with students, faculty and staff from other veterinary programs in the west,” says Dean Sue Tornquist. “The group was small enough to facilitate great discussions, but large enough to learn about best practices, ideas, and concerns that have come up in other veterinary schools.”

The Dean provided scholarship for two students to attend: Genny Cobarrubias and David Smith. They were chosen based on short essays they submitted.

“I went as a representative from the college’s diversity committee,” said Smith, “I also went to listen and learn. I think diversity and inclusion are important, and it was interesting to see what other schools are doing to try to address these issues.”

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Diversity Committee is charged with developing strategies and actionable items to foster a community of diversity and inclusion.

“While diversity and inclusion have long been important for the CVM, it becomes even more important to take significant steps in this direction as our entering class of 2021 includes 24% students from under-represented minority backgrounds,” says Tornquist.

Smith is also president of the Student Chapter of the Veterinary Medical Association, and as such wants to use that platform to promote diversity issues and programs.

Genny Cobarrubias is interested in diversity issues because she comes from a diverse background. Growing up in Hood River I never knew anybody who was a veterinarian,” she says. “And, as a student there, I was the only [latina]who was interested in science.”

She is currently building the groundwork for a new student club called Voice (Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment). “Iverson Bell was an opportunity to meet Voice members from other universities,” she says, “and learn about what they are doing.”

Both Smith and Cobarrubias are interested in organizing outreach to diverse groups of young people to encourage their interest in the veterinary profession.

“There aren’t many people of color who are veterinarians,” says Cobarrubias. “So I want to be a role model, reaching out to young people, encouraging them and letting them know ‘You can do this’.” She also plans to pursue these goals as a practicing veterinarian in the near future, reaching out through internships and job shadowing opportunities for high school kids.

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